Aizen Festival is one of the first festivals of the summer in Osaka. It lasts from June 30th till July 2nd, but we only visited on June 30th.
The festival started with a parade from Tennoji to the shrine, it celebrates the pretty girls of Aizen and the cutest ones are carried to the shrine!
There was a really fun atmosphere, and lots of smiling and singing. Although most of the crowd were middle aged men.
At the shrine the girls posed for photos and then carried on singing and selling good luck charms to people.
We stayed for a while, people watched and browsed the stalls.
We had a great time and it was a nice warm up for the bigger festivals in a few weeks time.
Aizen festival at Aizendo: http://www.aizendo.com/festival.htm