The Mitama Matsuri (also known as the Soul Festival) was held at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo from July 13-16, 2008.
This festival is famous for its thousands of lighted lanterns.
A very large festival, it attracts a big crowd every year.
Mikoshis (portable shrines) were enthusiastically carried by the local towns people in colorful happi coats.
Bon odori dancing was held in the evening.
The haunted house was a very popular attraction.
As with most Japanese festivals, there were plenty of stall games such as fish scooping …
… and of course, lots of food and drink stalls, with many people enjoying traditional food and consuming mass quantities of beer.
See also TokyoFive’s blog post about this event.