November 7, 2022 All day
Shitennoji Wasso is an event that celebrates the short reign of Osaka as the capital city of Japan (646-745). This was during the Nara Period and is sometimes referred to as the “Naniwa” period due to the palace location. The parade re-enacts early visits by court diplomats from 7th century Korea and China. Participants dressed as migrants from Korea and China dance, play music, and parade with ceremonial flags. Thousands of guests wearing the most decorative and unique attire, walk through the grounds of the temple. In addition, you can enjoy dancers carrying a floating dragon and traditional Japanese drummers as the finale. The annual festival starts on the Culture day weekend – this year being November 7th.