On July 15th I attended Tamatsukuri Inari shrine summer festival (my local shrine) and the following day in pre-tyhoon weather went to Gion Matsuri in Kyoto.
Tanabata always makes me happy, its romantic, and I like all the pretty decorations. This year we couldn’t see the Okawa river milky way in Osaka, as it was on a Tuesday but we did manage to visit Shitennoji Temple again, and we did something new…
Ever since we moved to Japan, Himeji castle has been under renovation, a huge tarpaulin covered most of the castle. It was finally completed this year and officially opened in March. We visited in Golden Week when there was some kind of festival being held.
I like Kansai, I like beer = craft beer live, a festival of craft alcoholic beverages from all over Kansai.
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.
Osaka Castle are currently having a 400 year celebration, on top of that they had their Danjiri festival when we went on November 3rd.