Tuesday, December 19, 2017

January 2018; Upcoming Kansai Events


New Years Ceremonies

Throughout January. Penguin parades in the area outside of Kaiyukan aquarium. Near Osakako station.

Fridays there will be 500 yen takoyaki parties at the Sakura Guest house near Temma station.

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.

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

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

12/1-1/8. Winter CARNIVAL and illuminations at Hirakata Park.

12/22-3/26. The Legendary Swords exhibition at Kasugataisha Museum. 500 yen.

1/1-8. Play-Rail show in Osaka. At ATC. 900 yen for adults, 700 yen for kids. Near Trade Center Mae station.

1/1-8. New Year's event at Tennoji Zoo. Entry for 500 yen.

1/7-8,20-21. CosJoy at ATC. ATC gathering near Trade Center Mae station.

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

1/3. ?. Archery event in Otsu.

1/3. 13:00. Karuta card game ceremony at Yasaka shrine in Kyoto. Near Gion Shijo station.

1/3. 11:00. Noh performance of the play "Okina." At Taga shrine near Tagataisha-mae station. Free.

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

1/4. 13:00-15:00. Oyumi hajimesai archery ceremony at Ooyamato Shrine. Near Nagara station.

1/4. 13:30~. New Year's Kemari game at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. Near Demachiyanagi station.

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.
1/10. Dezome Shiki at Himeji Castle
1/14. 10:00. Higashi Osaka Dezome Shiki at Hanazono Central Park.
1/7. 11:00~. White Horse ceremony at Sumiyoshi Shrine.

1/7. 10:00~13:00. White Horse ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.

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.

1/14. 14:30-15:30. Doya Doya loincloth ceremony at Shitennoji Temple. Near Yuhigaoka-Shitennoji-mae station.

1/14. 19:30~. Osaka Tondo Matsuri. Bonfire ceremony at Senri Tenjin shrine near Senri Chuo station.

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.

1/14. 13:00-22:00. After Sunset is the Oni Hashiri, ogres with torches. Nenbutsuji temple in Nara.

1/14. 10:00-15:00. Toshiya, New year's archery ceremony at Sanjusangendo temple in Kyoto.

1/15. 10:00~. Uzue Festival at Itakiso Shrine near Wakayama station.

1/15. Tondo Matsuri bonfire event at Yasaka-Ebisu shrine near Tamatsukuri station.

1/16. 10:30~.  Musha Shinji archery ceremony at Kamigamo Shrine.

1/20. 14:00. Yutate Kagura Ceremony at Jonan-gu shrine. Near Takeda station.

1/21. Comic Treasure. Market for manga artists. At INTEX near Nakafuto station.

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.

1/25. Hatsu Tenjin Festival. At Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto, near Marumachi station.

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.

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.

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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