This year's foliage season will be from mid November to early December in Kyoto. Many good spots for viewing autumn leaves in Kyoto will be full of visitors.
Tsuzumi(鼓:Japanese hand drum) and yokobue(横笛:a Japanese transverse flute made of bamboo)
On November 15th, 3-year-old boys and girls, 5-year-old boys and 7-year-old girls in formal dress such as kimono are taken by parents to a shrine. It comes from the ancient three events of obitoki(帯解) for 7-year-old girls, hakamagi(袴着) for 5-year-old boys and kamioki(髪置) for 3-year-old boys and girls.
Kamioki was a event that 3-year-old boys and girls grew their hair out from this day. Mothers visited the guardian deity with their childen in their arms.
We can see chidren in formal dress on weekends around November 15th. I gradually became uncomfortable with securely-tied obi(belt) when I was a child and visited a shrine.
Chitose-ame literally means thousand year candy and its length symbolizes long life. It contains rice and malt. It is made using malt to break down rice starch into sugar.
Ringo-ame(リンゴ飴:apple coated with sugar), Takoyaki(たこ焼き:octopus dumpling) and Wata-ame(綿飴:cotton candy) are sold from stands at a festival.
a pair of zori(草履:Japanese sandals) are placed on the step-stone.