Tuesday, December 19, 2017

January 2018; Upcoming Kansai Events

1月

New Years Ceremonies

Throughout January. Penguin parades in the area outside of Kaiyukan aquarium. Near Osakako station.
http://www.kaiyukan.com/

Fridays there will be 500 yen takoyaki parties at the Sakura Guest house near Temma station.
https://www.guesthouse-sakura-hostel.osaka.jp/

On weekends from 11:00-16:00 there will be opportunities for groups to participate in a katana workshop at Yushinkan. Near Keihan Noe or Kyobashi station. 5000 yen.
http://yushinkan-katana.com/data/

10/14-1/21. 09:30-17:00. Disney Art exhibit at Osaka City Art Museum. 1600 yen. Near Tennoji station.
http://www.osaka-art-museum.jp/

12/2-2/5. 10:00-20:00. Studio Ghibli background setting exhibition at the Abeno Harukasu Art Museum. Near Tennoji station. 1500 yen.
https://www.aham.jp/

12/1-1/8. Winter CARNIVAL and illuminations at Hirakata Park.
http://www.hirakatapark.co.jp/

12/22-3/26. The Legendary Swords exhibition at Kasugataisha Museum. 500 yen.
http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/about/basic_en.html

1/1-8. Play-Rail show in Osaka. At ATC. 900 yen for adults, 700 yen for kids. Near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/001506/

1/1-8. New Year's event at Tennoji Zoo. Entry for 500 yen.
https://www.facebook.com/746192528862281/photos/967038156777716/?type=3

1/7-8,20-21. CosJoy at ATC. ATC gathering near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/000017/

1/2-3. 10:00-13:00. Mochi pounding event at Mizuma Temple in Osaka. Near Mizuma Kannon station.
Mizumadera.or.jp

1/3. ?. Archery event in Otsu.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20180103/3827441.html

1/3. 13:00. Karuta card game ceremony at Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. Near Gion Shijo station.
http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/event/karuta.html

1/3. 11:00. Noh performance of the play "Okina." At Taga shrine near Tagataisha-mae station. Free.
https://en.biwako-visitors.jp/news/detail/260


1/3. 10:00-11:00. Shimenawa-age Ritual. Hanging straw ropes on the torii gates. At Kumata Shrine near Hirano station.
http://kumata.jp/about

1/4. 13:00-15:00. Oyumi hajimesai archery ceremony at Ooyamato Shrine. Near Nagara station.
http://ooyamatohp.net/service.html


1/4. 13:30~. New Year's Kemari game at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. Near Demachiyanagi station.
http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/rituals/


Dezome Shiki: firefighter demonstrations around Japan that show off modern firefighting equipment or ancient methods.
1/6. Dezome Shiki at O's Mall near Trade Center Mae station.
http://www.atc-co.com/event/000117/
1/10. Dezome Shiki at Himeji Castle
1/14. 10:00. Higashi Osaka Dezome Shiki at Hanazono Central Park.
 http://www.city.higashiosaka.lg.jp/0000021226.html
https://kansaiculture.blogspot.jp/2017/01/dezome-shiki-new-years-firefighter-show.html
1/7. 11:00~. White Horse ceremony at Sumiyoshi Shrine.
http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/events/annualevents/01.html

1/7. 10:00~13:00. White Horse ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.
http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/event/jan.html

Toka Ebisu: Festivals at the shrines for Ebisu, the god of wealth, happiness fishermen and commerce. These events happen around the 10th day of the new year.


1/13. Archery ceremony at Sumiyoshi Taisha.
http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/events/annualevents/01.html

1/14. 14:30-15:30. Doya Doya loincloth ceremony at Shitennoji Temple. Near Yuhigaoka-Shitennoji-mae station.
http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/event/1/#event971

1/14. 19:30~. Osaka Tondo Matsuri. Bonfire ceremony at Senri Tenjin shrine near Senri Chuo station.
http://senritenjin.com/saiji/index.html

1/13. 10:00~. Oyumi Hajime Sai, New Year's archery event at Sumiyoshi Taisha.

1/13. 19:00~21:00. Katsube fire festival. Young men in loin clothes dance around a fire. Near Moriyama station.

1/14. Comic City. Market for manga artists and handmade goods. There will be some people in costumes. At INTEX near Nakafuto station.
http://www.intex-osaka.com/jp/guest/event/single.php?id=682

1/14. 13:00-22:00. After Sunset is the Oni Hashiri, ogres with torches. Nenbutsuji temple in Nara.
http://www.city.gojo.lg.jp/www/contents/1143010218687/

1/14. 10:00-15:00. Toshiya, New year's archery ceremony at Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto.
http://www.sanjusangendo.jp/h_2.html

1/15. 10:00~. Uzue Festival at Itakiso Shrine near Wakayama station.
http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/wakayama/detail/30201ba2212054108
http://itakiso-jinja.net/saiten.php

1/15. Tondo Matsuri bonfire event at Yasaka-Ebisu shrine near Tamatsukuri station.
http://yasaka-ebisu.jp/gyoji.html

1/16. 10:30~.  Musha Shinji archery ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.
http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/event/jan.html

1/20. 14:00. Yutate Kagura Ceremony at Jonan-gu shrine. Near Takeda station.
http://www.jonangu.com/festival1.html

1/21. Comic Treasure. Market for manga artists. At INTEX near Nakafuto station.
http://www.intex-osaka.com/jp/guest/event/single.php?id=683

1/21. 08:00-12:00. Namba Tsunahiki ritual. A ritual where a huge rope snake is paraded around on the streets. The Namba Yasaka shrine is shaked liked a huge komainu head. At Namba Yasaka shrine near Namba station.
https://nambayasaka.jp/?page_id=145

1/25. Hatsu Tenjin Festival. At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, near Marumachi station.
http://kitanotenmangu.or.jp/annual_events.php

1/27. After sunset. Wakakusa yamayaki. Field burning, fireworks and stage performances around Mt.Wakakusa in Nara. Near Kintetsu Nara station.

1/26-28. 18:00-20:00. Otateyama Festival. Parade of illuminated fiberglass statues in front of the Heijokyo palace with stage performances. Near Yamato-Saidaiji station.
http://ootateyama.jp/

1/28. Martial Arts Fair at Sumiyoshi Budokan.

1/27-3/18. Exhibition of sword fittings from the Mitsumura Collection at the Osaka Museum of History. Near Tanimachi 4-chome station.

? - Chinese New year celebrations at Nankin Machi, Kobe Chinatown. Near motomachi station.
http://nankinmachi.or.jp/


Illuminations, Christmas lights and light-ups

10/28-1/8. Kyoto Illumiere. A 75 minute bus ride from Osaka or Kyoto in a remote onsen area outside Kameoka. 1000 yen.

11/1-1/31. Kitano Christmas Street. Illumination event. Near Sannomiya station.

11/17-3/04. Kaiyukan Illumination.

11/17-2/14. Osaka Station Twilight Fantasy. Lights and music in the area above the JR Osaka station train tracks.

11/18-1/14. Denmark & Japan 150 years. Christmas lights at Kiseki no Hoshi. Bus from JR Sannomiya station to the location. 600 yen.

11/22-2/25. Osaka Castle Park Illumination event. Illuminage. 1200 yen.


December-February. White Promenade at Shirahama beach.

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