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“Tenjin-Matsuri”, the festival in Osaka

Festival floats of the “Tenjinbashi-suji” arcade

The festival float of "Ten-Go"
The festival float of “Ten-Go”

I went to the “Tenjin-Matsuri”, a festival in Osaka, on 25th July. As I didn’t know much about this festival, I asked my friend “Mick” to show me around. We went to the Tenma station at 1PM and walked about 10 minutes to “Ten-Roku”, the north end of the  “Tenjinbashi-suji” arcade. Then we went down the arcade and watched the festival floats. Each block of the arcade has its festival float like the “Ten-Roku”, “Ten-Go”, “Ikeda-Cho”, “Ten-Yon”, etc.

The food stalls of the “Tenjin-Matsuri”

Turban shells of a food stall
Turban shells of a food stall

I wore the summer Kimono called “Yukata”, because Mick told me to do that and he brought it for me. And I wore wood sandals called “Geta” which I’m not used to wear made my feet ache. We ate cooked turban shells(300yen) and cold cucumbers(200yen) at food stalls. Please check out the movie of Mick crying “Too hot, too hot!” struggling with a turban shell. After that we had lunch at a Japanese restaurant called the “Minami-morimachi-shokudo”.

Went to the “Osaka Tenmangu”, then “Okawa” river to see the fireworks

The fireworks of the "Tenjin-Matsuri"
The fireworks of the “Tenjin-Matsuri”

Then we went to the “Osaka Tenmangu” shrine at about 3PM and watched the festival float with some people playing the drums on it called the “Moyoshi-Daiko”. It becomes a part of the ritual series called “Rikutogyo”.

We headed to the “Okawa” river to see the fireworks at night. This festival requires a lot of energy because there are huge numbers of people and you have to walk a lot. We went back to the Tenma station, shortly after the beginning of the fireworks, and we had some drinks together at a bar.

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