Shot at Kakurin-Ji, a Buddhist temple in Shirokanedai, Tokyo.
All theories aside, I think the highlight of festival is to eat food outside. Various foods are sold in the food stalls. Not only the ordinary foods, but also the unordinary foods are seen. Thinking in a level-headed manner, the food selling in the festival are not special. Yet the bustling atmosphere makes them much more delicious.
The stall in this photo was selling char-broiled chickens. Many skewers were set up in the stall and they were just being broiled. And the delicious smell was wafting around the stall.