It's that time of year where we just enter the Autumn season - still quite warm but a lot cooler at night - at least its a bit easier to sleep ><
Its also the Autumn Matsuri (Autumn Festival) season - traditionally held to give thanks and celebrate the harvest from the farms.
During this time, the streets are lined with lanterns, Omikoshi are carried through the streets and shrines would be filled with hawker stalls which provide food and entertainment for the locals. If you are a regular viewer of anime then you may have seen some of this stuff already ^^
Wifey and I visited our local Matsuri at Himonya yesterday and took a few pics.
Many roads in Japan don't have pavements - we walk on the side of the roads. As there are many folk out n about at this time, you will see guards who have been hired to control the traffic of cars.
The roads are not legally blocked but from the goodwill of locals, drivers generally agree to take a detour around the heavily pedestrianised area.
Only for particularly large Matsuri are police called in to help control the flow of traffic.