Watch a parade of more than 1000 people colourfully clad in traditional clothing shout “wasso” as they march through the streets of Hoenzaka in Osaka! The term Wasso means “I came” in Korean and is shouted to remember those who have come to Japan from across Asia. The carefully designed outfits are accurate reconstructions of clothing worn in different cultures and are an impressive sight. The festival celebrates the interaction and exchange with dancing, drumming, music and performances from a wide range of arts. The festival is held at Naniwa no Miya instead of at Shitennoji itself as this was where travellers would land and to allow visitors to see this important cultural area.
The Paantu festival takes place on the Okinawa Prefecture island of Miyakojima in the far south of the archipelego. The villagers dress up as ‘Paantu’ – supernatural beings covered in mud and foliage. They also wear long masks. Their aim […]
Continuing a tradition that has taken place at Osawa Pond next to Daikakuji since the Heian era, this event gives you the chance to float on a boat in the pond under a clear autumn moon. If the moon is […]
The home of green tea in Japan, the small town holds a traditional tea-jar opening ceremony on the first Sunday in October each year. Located just between Kyoto and Nara, Uji has long been famous for producing high quality green […]
If you’re in the mood for some kitchen-based souvenirs for your trip to Japan – or need to fill up your kitchen here, then look no further. The Osaka Kitchenware street is holding their annual festival to display the best […]
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