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.
J and I spent a rainy Sunday evening doing the Snowman Festival Snowman Stamp Rally!
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.
December 7th was international lolita day, and as usual I was at work! Instead the following day I met with Karyn and Liping to see Kobe Luminarie.
First we visited a coffee shop to catch up, the tree there had lots of bread pinned to it, so cute!
After staying in the capsule hotel on the 18th November we visited Arashiyama and Higashiyama to view some autumn colours. I think we were a little early as I’ve seen friends photos since and the colours are much more vibrant.
O-bon week is about remembering your ancestors, many people return to their hometowns and clean their family graves.
Shitennoji temple hosts Urabon-e Manto Kuyo, a prayer candle event, you write the name of your ancestor on the paper which is burnt and sent to the gods.
It was really hot and the heat of the burning candles just made it even hotter! Monks were chanting prayers over the speaker systems and there was certainly two different vibes to the evening. One was a part celebratory matsuri vibe with the festival stalls with fish and cotton candy but also also another more somber vibe with an older crowd and people praying with prayer beads over the candles.
According to the website there are about 10,000 candles burnt during the event. I’m really glad we went it was definitely a sight to behold.