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Tenjin Matsuri 2018, One of the Biggest Summer Festivals in Japan!

Tenjin Matsuri is one of the biggest natsu matsuri, summer festivals, in Japan. Around 1.3 million people come to watch this energetic event! Check this article for more information on Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka!

Jul 24, 2018(Tue) - Jul 25, 2018(Wed)
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Tenjin Matsuri

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Tenjin Matsuri is a festival where fire and water come together - it simply looks amazing and beautiful. At the end boats sail on the river and fireworks are set off for the final show. This year, Tenjin Matsuri is happening on July 24th and 25th.
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Osaka Tenmangu is a shrine located in Osaka where the god of entertainment and academic is worshiped. This is where Tenjin Matsuri is hosted, from almost 1,000 years ago! This is one of the oldest summer festivals in Japan.

How to enjoy Tenjin Matsuri

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They have food stalls where you can buy street food like yakitori, baby castella (small sponge cakes), takoyaki, and more! So no need to worry about food.
One of the most popular street food: yakisoba is also available! Doesn't it look so tasty?
Around 3:30 pm, people start leaving Osaka Tenmangu main entrance with Mikoshi (a float), which is called rikuto gyo (陸渡行). You can participate in carrying Mikoshi too! They are mainly looking for male participants, age 18 and above. You can check their website for more information on how to apply.
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Around 6 pm they start boarding on more than 100 boats, and they start sailing on the river. Besides from the finale of fireworks, it is the highlighted event at Tenjin Matsuri.
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Their fireworks are the biggest event that closes Tenjin Matsuri. If you want, you can dedicate private fireworks for around ¥5,000 per firework. Your name will be displayed inside Osaka Tenmangu's grounds, and you will receive a replica of a firework ball as a souvenir! You can apply by calling Osaka Tenmangu office.

What's so special about their fireworks is their original fireworks called "Beni Ume", which is ume (Japanese plum) shaped fireworks named after Tenjin-sama, the god, and their letter shaped fireworks! The names of the companies who sponsored Tenjin Matsuri appear in the sky.
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They also have an event called Gal Mikoshi - where girls carry Mikoshi around and parade Tenjinbashisuji shopping street. It happens on July 23rd every year!

Mark your calendar on July 24 and 25, 2018!

Are you ready to experience one of the biggest and popular summer festivals in Japan? Tenjin Matsuri will become an unforgettable summer experience in Japan for sure.
If you are looking for places to eat in Osaka, you can check the link below for some restaurant information!
If you want to know more about Tenjin Matsuri, the link below is their official website in English, so check that out!
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