The Osaka Tenjin Festival is one of the three most famous festivals in Japan. Like the Kyoto Gion festival, this festival is a month long. It began at the end of June and runs through the 25th of July.
At the finale of the festival, 100 ships will sail down the Okawa river and more than 5,000 fireworks will be set off. On the 23rd, the Girls’ Parade is also a sight to look forward to.
|Pic Up Topics|
|1. History and Its Origin|
|4. Recommendable Restaurants|
|-ii. Kokorone (心根)|
|-iii. Fujiya 1935|
|-iv. Kitashinchi Yamagata-ya (北新地 やまがた屋)|
|-v. Kitashinchi Koryu (北新地 弧柳)|
-History and Its Origin
According to records, the Tenijin Festival began in 951 to appease the spirit of Michizane Sugawara.
He was a great genius and influential bureaucrat who was falsely accused and died in a deep grudge. After his death, those who had framed Michizane died one after another and disasters occurred frequently in all parts of Japan.
Taking these occurrences seriously, the Imperial Court posthumously cleared Michizane of any wrongdoing and shrines were constructed to pray for him. This is said to be the origin of Tenjin festival. Over the years, he came to be worshiped as Tenjin-sama, the god of scholarship and the festival held by the principal shrine in Osaka has become one of Japan’s major festivals.
The highlights of this festival are the “Yomiya (宵宮)” held on the 24th, and the ”Honmiya (本宮)” held on the 25th of this July. “Yomiya” is a day for rituals and many other kinds of ceremonies. If you go there after lunch or before dinner, you will see a parade of floats and “Shishi-mai”, the Japanese Lion Dance. Street stalls will start to appear along Tenjinbashi-Suji shopping street and Tenmangu Shrine.
The day after “Yomiya”, a water procession, which is one of the main events, called the “Funatogyo” will start. In this event, about 100 ships gather with on the Okawa River. One of them loads “Mikoshi”, portable shrines, and others carry Japanese drums.
In addition, there are ships with stages for “Noh”, the Classical Japanese musical theater. After this water procession, 5,000 fireworks are launched. The wonderful combination of fireworks, lanterns on ships and their reflections on the river is spectacular and can be seen from all around.
As a bonus, there is another highlight, the “Gals’ Mikoshi”. It will be held the day before “Yomiya”, on the 23rd of July. On this day, women wearing traditional clothing parade with the mikoshi.
[Accses]: 5 minutes’ walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station.
* Osaka Tenmangu Station is about 30 minutes from JR Shin-Osaka Station on the JR Tozai Line.
[Location]: Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
[Dates]: July 24th and 25th (Gal Mikoshi on 23rd)
[City]: 2-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita-Ku, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
HAJIME | Pocket Concierge
“Representing the beauty of Earth through the most delicate arrangement of cooking. World-level gastronomy.”
HAJIME is a restaurant that has been garnering a great deal of attention from all around the world, by becoming the establishment that has achieved 3 Michelin stars in the shortest period of time throughout the history of Michelin, and becoming part of the rankings of the Foodie Top 100 and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Address:1-9-11-1F, Edobori, Nishi-Ku, Osaka-City, Osaka
Kokorone (心根) | Pocket Concierge
“A tranquil, solitary Japanese restaurant surrounded by the nature of Osaka.”
The restaurant focuses on the freshness of their ingredients, receiving fresh vegetables from local farmers and fish from Kochi fishermen. Seared bonito is the specialty dish. The bonito is grilled over straw on a “sumidoko” gridiron and enjoyed with salt straight from the grill. The aroma of straw further enhances the delicious flavor of the incredibly fresh bonito.
Name: Kokorone (心根)
Address:1-44-32 Himurodai, Hirakata City, Osaka
Fujiya 1935 | Pocket Concierge
“Appealing to the five senses, Michelin-starred Innovative restaurant”
The belief that “Taste comes from the brain” as inherited from the teacher serves as the main axis of cooking and has established his own innovative dish. Chef Fujiwara rewards Michelin stars in the “Innovative” genre. He wishes the guest to enjoy original dishes that are only styled in “Fujiya 1935″ with the true self. It is a restaurant worth visiting all the way from far.
Name: Fujiya 1935
Address:2-4-14 Yariyamachi, Chuo-Ku, Osaka City
Kitashinchi Yamagata-ya (北新地 やまがた屋) | Pocket Concierge
“The most famous Cow’s offal restaurant in Osaka”
“Kitashinchi Yamagata-ya” is a famous restaurant difficult to book in Kitashinchi, Osaka. Only a few minutes on foot from Kitashinchi train station, you can see the chef Mr.Yamagata’s great grilling skill.
There are “Chef’s selected Cow’s offal Course” and “Tongue Shabu Course”. You can enjoy exquisite dishes at the counter seat with fresh beef and offal in these courses. The meat and organs grilled carefully by the chef attracts every guest.
Name: Kitashinchi Yamagata-ya (北新地 やまがた屋)
Address: elevateEspace25 3F, 1-5-5, Dojima, Kita-Ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Ktashinchi Koryu (北新地 弧柳)| Pocket Concierge
“Enjoy creative, 3 Michelin stars Japanese cuisine at a 12-seat counter space”
The chef and owner, Mr. Matsuo, hails from Osaka and trained from a young age at both Japanese restaurants and those of other cuisines before going solo in 2009. While Kyoto-style cuisine emphasizes drawing out the inherent flavors of the ingredients, Osaka Naniwa-style cuisine retains that taste while adding a rich flavor to it. The rest elevates the latest seasonal flavors and tastes while incorporating new ideas effortlessly. Mr. Matsuo’s cuisine is the true standard-bearer of Naniwa, and his flexible interpretation of new ideas has made this a popular restaurant.
Name: Kitashinchi Koryu (北新地 弧柳)
Address:1/F Espace Kitashinchi 23, 1-5-1 Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka