This festival is is held in the city of Kishiwada, Osaka prefecture and is renowned as one of Osaka’s rowdiest.
Danjiri are large, heavy wheeled carts that resemble small temples. The weighty carts are wheeled around wildly by the festival participants. In the past there have been plenty of accidents and even deaths – no doubt assisted by heavy alcohol consumption.
The Kishiwada festival features 34 danjiri and is centered around Kishiwada Castle. At night they are strewn with lanterns which make an impressive sight.
On the first day, a parade takes place in front of Kishiwada Station. On day two, festivities start at 9am with ceremonies at shrines surrounding Kishiwada Castle. After this, the danjiri are paraded around the neighbourhoods near the castle, providing one of the festival highlights.