You’ll Want to Participate! 7 Recommended Fall Festivals in Osaka
There are plenty of festivals that allow you to enjoy autumn in Osaka. Here are 7 recommendations.
1. Shitennoji Shuuki Higane
This festival with 1400 years of history is a Buddhist function in which offerings are made to one's ancestors during the equinoctial week. During the time it's held, plenty of stalls are set up, and the central structure, an important cultural artifact that normally charges for entry, is open free to the public, so the grounds become lively and full of people. Of course, you can participate without making an offering to your ancestors, so why not come to enjoy the festival atmosphere of a Japanese temple?
Will be held from September 19th (Monday) to September 25th (Sunday) in 2016
2. Sumiyoshi Taisha Kangetsusai
Sumiyoshi Taisha, a shrine in Osaka that many people visit for Hatsumode (the first shrine visit of the year), holds a large-scale Kangetsusai, an event where you enjoy gazing at the full moon. Every year, it's held on the harvest moon (August 15th on the old Japanese calendar). The sight of the rising moon from a spot atop the half-circle bridge is a magical sight. Along with that, you can fully enjoy waka (a type of Japanese poetry), haiku, and bugaku (a traditional type of dancing and music). This festival, held on an autumn night, is a must-see.
Will be held on September 15th (Thursday) in 2016
3. Hiraoka Festival
Hiraoka Festival is the largest festival of Hiraoka Shrine, one of Japan's oldest shrines, and it's a festival giving thanks for the autumnal harvest. 23 "futon taiko" (a huge round float carrying Japanese drums that looks like folded blankets that's seen in festivals around Osaka and Hyogo) and speical stalls are gathered around the shrine for an exciting atmosphere. It's fun to see the sight of the futon taiko parading through town.
Will be held on October 14th (Friday) and 15th (Saturday) in 2016
4. Sakai Matsuri
This public event is a huge parade featuring a variety of sights, from futon taiko, people dressed in past styles of clothing including armor, and marching bands. In the same area, there are also stage events and exhibitions of local products, as well as plenty of well-established traditional confectionary shops, so you can enjoy walking around the neighborhood. This is a great time for people that want to play the whole day.
Will be held on October 15th (Saturday) and 16th (Sunday) in 2016
5. Yao Kawachi Ondo Festival
This is an annual event in Yao, the place where it's said that the Kawachi Ondo, a dance in Osaka done as an offering to the dead during the Bon holiday, started. The participants don't just dance the Kawachi Ondo, they also sell local goods and the area becomes full of eating and drinking establishments. If you're going to participate in a Japanese festival, it should definitely be one that includes a Bon dance!
Will be held on September 11th (Sunday) in 2016
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
6. Aguchi shrine Hassaku Matsuri
The Hassaku Matsuri is a festival held on August 1st of the old Japanese calendar. It's an autumn festival that is held in gratitude for abundant harvests and good fishing catches. The Hassaku Matsuri held at the Aguchi shrine in Sakai features the futon taiko, must-haves for festival in this region. These futon taiko are the oldest in Sakai. The biggest sight is the traditional route they use that has been in place for more than 300 years.
Will be held from September 9th (Friday) to September 11th (Sunday) in 2016
7. Kaizuka Danjiri Matsuri
Danjiri Matsuri, originally held in Kishiwada, is famous for the impressively fast "yarimawashi" turns they make with the floats (called "danjiri" in western Japan). Kaizuka is one of the towns that also hold a Danjiri Matsuri, and 20 floats run through the town that's been split into 4 areas. You should definitely experience these impressive floats.
Will be held from October 8th (Saturday) to 9th (Sunday) in 2016
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
Please experience a festival in Osaka. They run the gamut from festivals that will make you feel emotional to sights that will impress you.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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