Festivals in Osaka, Japan

  • Toka Ebisu Festiva

    • 12 Jan 2014–15 Dec 2014

    Toka Ebisu Festival is an event that is believed to bring success in business, and is one of the most famous events on New Year in Hakata. Japanese pray for happiness and success with Ebisu, god of business and wealth.

  • Shitennoji Temple Doya Doya Festival

    • 14 Jan 2014

    This dynamic event is held on the final day of the Shushoe Order Memorial Service. During the main attraction, two groups of young men clad only in headbands and loincloths confront each other and struggle for possession of a cow god amulet. As they struggle, they shout "doya-doya," and so-called "strength water" is poured on them. This water is said to evaporate quickly from their bodies due to the heat and energy exerted by the young men.

  • Setsubun

    • 3 Feb 2014

    Setsubun (Bean Throwing Festival or Bean Throwing Ceremony) is a festival in Japan held in the beginning of Spring every year. During this event, people in Japan perform traditional ritual believed to repel evil, disease, and bad luck along the year. Setsubun is observed on 3 February every year by Japanese people throughout Japan and outside the country.

    The Origin of Setsubun

    Formerly, Setsubun was celebrated on the day before the first day of each season. Literally, the name Setsubun also means “seasonal division”. Nowadays, people in Japan use the term only to describe the day before the beginning of Spring. In order to have good harvest, health, and luck, Japanese people hold a festival or ceremony on Setsubun day with the aim of driving evil spirit, disease, and bad luck away from their family.

  • Cherry Blossom Festivals

    • 20 Mar 2014–13 Apr 2014

    Cherry Blossom Festivals - With the arrival of spring comes the season of sakura, or flowering cherry trees. And with the blossoming of the sakura comes the ritual of the cherry blossom festival. Cherry blossom festivals are held throughout the city, almost anywhere that cherry trees are found. Visit any shrine or park for various sakura viewing activities both by day and by night, including traditional dances, lantern lighting, and food and drink.

  • Shoryo-e

    • 22 Apr 2014

    This festival is a memorial service for Shotoku Taishi, the founder fo Shitennoji Temple, to pray for the repose of his soul. Gagaku court dance and music is performed according to ancient rituals on a stone stage set up on the Kame-no-ike pond. Come experience the history.

  • Golden Week

    • 29 Apr 2014–5 May 2014

    The Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays within seven days. In combination with well placed weekends, the Golden Week becomes one of Japan's three busiest holiday seasons, besides New Year and theObon week.

    Trains, airports and sightseeing spots get very crowded during Golden Week, and accommodation in tourist areas can get booked out well in advance.

    The national holidays making up the Golden Week are:

    April 29 Showa Day (Showa no hi): April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in the year 1989. Until 2006, Greenery Day (see May 4) used to be celebrated on this day.

    May 3 Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi): On this day in 1947, the new postwar constitution was put into effect.

    May 4 Greenery Day (Midori no hi): Until 2006, Greenery Day used to be celebrated on April 29, the birthday of former Emperor Showa. The day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature. Before being declared Greenery Day, May 4 used to be a national holiday due to a law, which declares a day, that falls between two national holidays, a national holiday.

    May 5 Children's Day (Kodomo no hi): The Boy's Festival (Tango no Sekku) is celebrated on this day. Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life. The Girl's Festival is celebrated on March 3.

  • Constitution Day

    • 2 May 2014

    this national holiday celebrates the creation of Japan's first constitution and everyone takes a day off to get out and enjoy the spring weather

  • Children's Day

    • 1 Jun 2014

    even kids get a special day of their own in Osaka and throughout Japan, when parents take their children to the amusement park or some other fun place

  • Aizen Festival

    • 30 Jun 2014

    The Aizen Matsuri is one of Osaka's three big annual festivals. The focus of the festival is "Hoekago-Mode," where young women in yukata ride kago up the route from the station to the temple, shouting encouragements along the way.

  • Sumiyoshi Matsuri

    • 30 Jul 2014–1 Aug 2014

    Held in late July or early August at the Sumiyoshitaisha Grand Shrine, the noble ancient rites of the Sumiyoshi festival include Nagoshi Oharai (purification in summer) with the participation of nagoshi girls, children and citizens of the area. After the spirits are transferred to the mikoshi portable shrine and Horen palanquin, the procession makes its way through the streets all the way to Sakai. When the mikoshi reaches its destination, a ceremony takes place. It is similar to many other festivals across Japan, but with a distinctly Osaka flavor. This festival is a great opportunity to see the some of the ancient customs of Naniwa still in practice today.

  • Mido-Suji Parade

    • 9 Oct 2014

    Although not a festival by the traditional definition, the Mido-Suji Parade is held every year on Mido-Suji Avenue, usually on the second Sunday in October. It has a festive international flavor, with colorful floats and folk and traditional artists and performers from Japan and abroad involved in the fun. Every year about 10,000 participants parade down the long avenue, to the delighted clapping of as many as 1.2 million spectators

  • Shitennoji Temple Wasso Festival

    • 22 Nov 2014–23 Nov 2014

    This is a festival dedicated to the guardian god of Dosho-machi, Osaka's medicine district, and to Shinno, the divine founder of medicine from China. During the festival, the shrine is crowded with people holding bamboo branches with a "paper tiger" attached believed to ward off evil, and who pray for protection against illness and other misfortune. People in the drug and pharmaceuticals business people also come here for assistance from this god.

  • Tenjin Matsuri

    • 24 Dec 2014–25 Dec 2014

    Osaka's annual Tenjin Festival sees a spectacular procession of thousands of people in traditional costumes carry exquisite portable shrines from Temmangu Shrine to Tenjin Bridge. There they board more than 100 ornamented boats and barges to proceed from the Dojima River to the Okawa River. Nightfall finally brings a dazzling fireworks display. This enormous and dramatic festival dates back to the 10th century and is one of the largest events of its kind in Japan.Venue: Temmangu Shrine to Tenjin Bridge.

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