A 2017 Photo Journal
The Tenjin Matsuri is the largest festival in Osaka.
The festival is held in late July and features several events.
The main event is the river procession and accompanying fireworks on July 25th.
The center of the Festival is Tenjin Shrine, located near Osaka Tenmangu Station. Tenjin Shrine is dedicated to the deity of scholarship.
|A Mikoshi being carried by a mixed group near Temma Station.|
The daytime temperatures in late July are quite hard to endure.
|The "Gal Mikoshi" is an event where an all-female team carries a portable shrine for the parade.|
This event is held the day before the main festival.
The Gal mikoshi is smaller and lighter than the two main mikoshi used during the festival.
|Traditional instruments accompany the shishimai.|
This photo features two shamisen (like a three-strong banjo) and two flutes (kagurabue ?)
|In this part of the parade, the shishimai are corralled by stout young men.|
The boys in shishimai costumes run down the street and collide in what looks like a football drill.
|Dancing who parade along behind the shishimai, while chanting and twirling their umbrellas.|
|Exuberant young dancers (many are high school students).|
|A group of girls wearing yukata buyinh yakitori near Tenjin Shrine.|
|There two main mikoshi of Tenjin Matsuri.|
This one, topped with a phoenix and carrying the five point plum blossom emblem of Tenjin Shrine.
The other is topped with a houju and marked with a mitsudomoe mark.