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Yearâ€™s holiday period.
visit shrines and temples to pray for health and happiness in the new year.
Shops, banks and public agencies are usually closed from December 28 through to
9 - 11
Imamiya Ebisu Shrine (in Osaka City), Ibaraki Toka Ebisu (Ibaraki City) and at
Fuse Ebisu Shrine (Higashi Osaka City))
festival, characteristic of the merchant town flavor of Osaka, is held to pray
for prosperity in business.
Ishikiri Shrine (Higashi Osaka City), at Narita-san Fudoson Shrine (Neyagawa
City), and at Mizumadera Temple (Kaizuka City))
falls on the eve of â€śRisshunâ€ť, the first day of spring or the New Yearâ€™s day in
the traditional Japanese calendar. On this day, a bean-scattering ceremony is
held to cast away the evils of the previous year.
February to early March
this period, people enjoy strolling through fragrant groves of blossoming plum
trees. The main spots for plum blossom viewing are Osaka Castle Park, Expoâ€™70
Commemorative Park, Hiraoka Shrine, and Domyoji Temmangu.
second Sunday to the fourth Sunday of March
Spring Sumo Tournament
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium)
celebrate the arrival of spring, people picnic outside, admiring the overhead
cherry blossoms. The main spots for blossom viewing are Osaka Castle Park,
Expoâ€™70 Commemorative Park, and Satsukiyama Park.
April 29 to around May 5
period is called Golden Week.
several holidays occurring almost consecutively, some companies are closed for
more than 10 days in a row. Because of the many tourists, accommodation charges
and airfares are higher.
the big three Japanese festivals with a history of more than 1,000 years.
July to late August
season for fireworks displays
of fireworks, among them the one in Rinku Town, PL Fireworks Art, and Kurawanka
Fireworks Festival, are held at various locations around Osaka.
August 13 to 16
the traditional festival for welcoming and then sending off the spirits of
ancestors. Many companies are closed and a lot of people go traveling, so
accommodations charges and airfares are higher.
September 14 and 15
Kishiwada Danjiri Festival
festival is famous for its danjiri floats lugged around the city by highly
spirited groups of people.
Sunday of October
One of the
largest parades in the nation, it takes place down Osakaâ€™s main street.
Leaves of Autumn
take excursions out to spots famous for their colorful leaves to enjoy looking
at them. Main sites around are the Meiji-no-Mori Minoh Quasi-National Park,
Settsu-kyo (Settsu Gorge), Amanosan Kongo-ji Temple, Mt. Inunaki, etc.
Arts and Entertainment
National Bunraku Theater
east of Namba and the Dotombori entertainment district, a 1-minute walk from
exit 7 of Nipponbashi Station.
06/6212-2531 for information; 06/6212-1122 for reservations
completed in 1984 as the only theater in Japan dedicated to Japanese traditional
Productions are staged five times a year, running for 2 to 3 weeks at a time and
held daily at 11am for Part 1 and at 4pm for Part 2. When Bunraku is not being
performed, other traditional performing arts are often shown, including
classical Japanese music.
are available that provide translations into English. The acoustics are
excellent. To find out whether a performance is being held, check Meet Osaka
or contact one of the visitor information centers.
theater is located on Dotombori, just west of the Ebisu-bashi Bridge.
theater was built more than 50 years ago and was remodeled in 1997 as part of a
revival of interest in Kabuki. Traditional kabuki is performed in January, July,
and some other months of the year (the schedule changes yearly), and
performances start usually at 11am and 4:30pm.
Performance information is also listed in Meet Osaka.