The streets were decorated with streamers and all sorts of festive paper creations. Many people dress in traditional clothing for the festivals here, so it was fun to see so many different brightly colored kimonos up close. AND THE FOOD! So good. Think of street food in New York or maybe carnival food and then bump the quality and taste up about 500 notches and you'll get street food at a Japanese festival! Yakitori (meat on a stick), okonimiyaki (vegetable pancakes), karage (Japanese style fried chicken nuggets), pancake balls (no idea what the correct name is!), yakisoba (fried noodles), and all sorts of fish on a stick, just to name a few things. And it's all so delicious.
There were also a bunch of little carnival games for the kids and small toys for sale. This was, of course, Will's favorite part of the festival.