Osaka Castles 3D projetction event was extended this year (due to popular demand?) so we were able to visit on a cold but dry January.
Because shops are busy during the new year business owners can’t get out to pray for the new year, so Toka Ebisu is for those business owners to come and pray for good business.
Tennoji zoo has a reputation for being one of the worst kept and depressing zoos in Japan. It’s rating on TripAdvisor and comments left by visitors are not complimentary. With that and it being closed on Mondays Id never been before. A new evening winter light up just started in the park nearby as part of Osaka Castles 400th year celebrations. So we decided to finally go.
Osaka Castle are currently having a 400 year celebration, on top of that they had their Danjiri festival when we went on November 3rd.
Last week in Japan was O-bon week and I had some vacation time!! Woohoo. A few months ago I checked Willer Express and Peach airlines to see where I could get to cheaply that Id never been to before…and decided on Matsuyama.
Again I had to work the same day as Tenjin matsuri, I did get lucky though and had an early finish on the 24th so I could go to the evening festivities before the main day.
I watched some dancing in Tenmangu Shrine, then walked along the stalls towards the river.
This was my third time going to at least some part of Gion festival, this year I visited on the Yoiyoiyoiyama night. Sadly I couldn’t attend the main day Thursday 17th due to work.
I’ve worn yukata a few times in Japan, but I never feel that confident in it, I wish I could put it on professionally.
At Gion matsuri about half the people are in yukata and they all look stunning, perfectly pressed and coiffed. I decided to get professional help and found the website for Yumeyakata.