Saturday, November 18, 2017

Upcoming Kansai Events; December 2017

12月


10/14-1/21. Disney art exhibit at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. 1600 yen.
http://www.osaka-art-museum.jp/en/


10/25-12/11. 5p-9:30p. Art Aquarium at Nijo Castle in Kyoto. 1500 yen.
http://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bunshi/nijojo/event/index.html

11/3~12/25. Christmas illuminations at ATC. Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/001512/

?-12/25 German Christmas village at Umeda Sky Building.
http://www.skybldg.co.jp/event/

11/22-2/25. Osaka Castle Park Illumination event. Illuminage. 1200 yen.
http://www.osaka-info.jp/jp/events/fireworks_illuminating/osaka_illuminage.html

12/3. Great Santa Run. Around Osakajo Koen.
http://www.santa-run.com/en/

12/4. 10:00-17:00. Yushinkan Taikai, swordsmanship demonstrations at Shudokan. Near Morinomiya station.

12/9-10. Arashiyama night view event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/959387017542040/

12/14. Ako Gishi Sai- 47 Ronin Festival. Near Banshu-Ako station.
http://www.ako-hyg.ed.jp/bunkazai/akojo/photo/photo.html

? Just Japan podcast party. ? Kobe

12/1-25. Kaiyukan Santa Diver
http://www.kaiyukan.com/2017-2018winter/

11/18-12/25 Grand Front decorations

12/7-25. Nankin Lantern Fair
http://nankinmachi.or.jp/eventlist

11/20. After sunset. Yassai Hossai firewalking at Iwatsuta shrine.
http://www.city.sakai.lg.jp/kanko/rekishi/bunkazai/bunkazai/shokai/bunya/minzoku/yassaihossai.html

? Himeji Robot Challenge

12/15-18. On Matsuri at Kasuga Shrine in Nara. Near Kintetsu Nara station.
http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/onmatsuri/

Autumn Foliage: November to December
Autumn leaves at Hiyoshi Shrine near Sakamoto Station.
Fall foliage at Hokyoin Temple near Arashiyama



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Matsusaka; Ujisato Festival 2017

松阪氏郷祭

Ujisato Gamo (1559-1595)was a daimyo of the late Sengoku period. He was also known as Utahida and Tsuruchiyo at earlier points in life.
Ujisato came into prominence as a political hostage serving Oda Nobunaga. After the assassination of Nobunaga, Ujisato and his father rescued the family of Nobunaga and aided the ensuing conflict. After success in the following battles, Toyotomi Hideyoshi granted Ujisato a domain in the Kii domain (which the Kii peninsula takes it's current name). After taking power of Matsusaka (in eastern Mie prefecture) in 1585 he began the construction of Matsusaka Castle. That castle was completed in 1590 but Ujisata controlled a number of other castles through his subordinates (such as Aizuwakamatsu Castle and Obama Castle). An interesting point of Ujisato is his conversion to Christianity at the end of his life in Osaka, taking yet another name at his baptism; Leo.
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References
https://kotaku.com/japans-wonderfully-strange-samurai-helmets-1561217508
https://www.japantimeline.jp/en/mie/festivals/ujisato_festival
http://www.city.matsusaka.mie.jp/site/chachamo-room/chachamo-profile.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam%C5%8D_Ujisato
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matsusaka_Castle