Festivals and Fireworks

Summer in Japan is both hot and very humid but summer is the time of festivals and fireworks.

The Lover’s Shrine just a few meters away from work had their Summer festival. The shrine have this festival every 3rd Friday and Saturday for the month of July. Before I went home last Friday, I took a little peak .

20130724-160036.jpg By the beat of the drum, this guy looks like he is doing some kind of interpretative dance. I tried really hard to understand it but it I failed miserably. It’s not fast movements too. Sorry but to me the movement looks like a wriggling worm. It was still interesting to watch though.


While the interpretative dance was still on, the kids on the side did their thing too. Really cute girls and boys in their Yukatta bringing small umbrella and some other musical instrument were dancing following somebody dressed us a dragon.

20130724-160054.jpg Then there’s the big boys toy. A huge drum. There were about 4 people hitting it when I took this picture and by the time we left, I think there were about 6 of them. I think they were still warming up though. Testing the sound of the drum and coordinating their movements.

The next day, I met with N and M together with M’s home-stay guest A had lots of cakes at Sweet Paradise and afterwards decided to have a little firework on our own. 20130724-160320.jpg

We got a small pack of different firework stuff and went to a nearby river near Osaka Castle and had so much fun with our mini fireworks.


Summer might be very hot and humid in Osaka Japan, but there are definitely lots of events happening at this time of the year.


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After 5 years, I finally went back to watch Kobe Hanabi 2012.  I was very surprised to see the whole park packed with people. The steady growth in popularity has made Kobe Hanabi (fireworks) rivaled Yodogawa Hanabi. Clear Sky and fresh sea breeze, a perfect way to watch a spectacular firework display.

Fireworks and Cats

After more than 3 years,  I finally got reunited with H last Monday. It was the last day of the Tenjin Festival and of course the main event : Fireworks.

H lives in the 20th Floor of her apartment building, which has a very nice view of Osaka and the fireworks. But first let me introduce you to her cats 🙂






I think that is the cats name or was it the other way around ? ..





Green FireFlower


Red Fireflower


I left before the main part because T arrived already, but I had a great time with H.  🙂

Till the next firework festival .. Yodogawa Fireworks

Tenjin Matsuri

One of Osaka’s most popular festival during summer.

This year the festival will be held on July 24 and 25. Fireworks will be on the 25th.

Official website ( Japanese ).