You must be careful on a festival day in Kyoto. When you forget about it and need to go somewhere across the street used for the parade, it is a major challenge trying to get where you want to go. Sometimes you cannot cross the road for at most two hours even though your destination is very close. Once when I was in a hurry, I encountered a long Samurai parade unexpectedly. I was desperate, ran to the far underground walkway and came out on the opposite side of the street. And then, I realised the parade had just finished. People were crossing the street as they normally would... I was exhausted.