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The Shinno-Sai festival is dedicated to the gods of both Japanese and Chinese medicine. It is the last festival of the calendar year held in Osaka, which gained the name Tome-no-matsuri or “The Stop (Last) Festival”. During this festival, people pray and hope for a healthy and fruitful year. They celebrate with local pharmaceutical companies, […]
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 […]
The festival includes a somewhat aggressive parade. Over 400 men pull a Danjiri throughout the streets of Osaka, mimicking a roaring dragon. The Danjiri nimbly maneuvers around the narrow streets of Osaka. This all whilst a man dances and shouts on top! The highlight of the festival is the “Yarimawashi” – the act of turning […]
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