the ceremony reaches Tenjin Bridge, over 100 boats and barges
are lined up along the riverside where tens of thousands of
people are waiting to board.
the mikoshi are loaded onto the boats, the boats begin their
slow trip downstream. But the fun doesn't stop there! On the
water, people are entertained with, appropriately enough, very
traditional Japanese arts, such as sacred music, court dances,
and traditional theatre.
Once night falls the massive fireworks display starts.
Information on Tenjin Matsuri
24 - 25
day. If you can only make one day, make it July 25th. Plan to
get there early, about 10 or 11am. Then, you can see many of
the participants getting ready at Tenmangu Shrine as well as
get a bite to eat from some of the vendors there.
Tenmangu Shrine to Tenjin Bridge. Arrive early at the shrine
and follow the procession to Tenjin Bridge.
Visitors' Information Centers:
in Umeda, Shin-Osaka, Tennoji, Namba and Universal City, they
have English-speaking staff on duty between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
They have free maps and guides for general Osaka info and Tenjin
to Osaka Tenmangu Shrine:
it for Tenjin Matsuri!
If anyone has any questions about the festival,
all you have to do is email