Ōmato-taikai (Toh-shiya)

Name: Ōmato-taikai 大的大会 (Toh-shiya 通し矢) Date: Second Sunday of January Time: 9:00 – 16:00 Cost: Free Place: Sanjūsangen-dō Area: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Station: Keihan Shichijo Ōmato-taikai, the modern version of Toh-shiya, is a kyudo (Japanese archery) competition held for contestants who just turned 20 years old (and advanced-level contestants) at Sanjūsangendō in Kyoto. I arrived at Sanjūsangendō by 8. There were… Continue reading Ōmato-taikai (Toh-shiya)

Setsubun @ Yasaka Shrine

Name: Setsubun at Yasaka Shrine Date: February 3rd (and 2nd) Time:  Feb. 3rd 11:00 – 16:00~; Feb. 2nd 13:00 – 16:00~ Cost: Free Place: Yasaka Shrine Area: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Station: Hankyu Kawaramachi; Keihan Gion-Shijo Setsubun is the day before the first day of spring in Japan. Many temples and shrines have events where they throw lucky beans (fuku-mame) to… Continue reading Setsubun @ Yasaka Shrine

Nipponbashi Street Festa

Name: Nipponbashi Street Festa 日本橋ストリートフェス Date: The Sunday around March 20th-ish Time: 12:00 – 15:00 Cost: Free Place: Den Den Town Area: Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nippombashi, Ebisucho Nipponbashi Street Festa is Kansai’s biggest annual cosplay event. It goes on for most of the afternoon, but from 12:00-15:00, they block part of Sakaisuji Ave. near Den Den Town and… Continue reading Nipponbashi Street Festa

Tenpyōsai (Spring)

Name: Nipponbashi Street Festa 日本橋ストリートフェス Date: The Sunday around March 20th-ish Time: 12:00 – 15:00 Cost: Free Place: Den Den Town Area: Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nippombashi, Ebisucho Nipponbashi Street Festa is Kansai’s biggest annual cosplay event. It goes on for most of the afternoon, but from 12:00-15:00, they block part of Sakaisuji Ave. near Den Den Town and […]

Busha Shinji

Name: Nipponbashi Street Festa 日本橋ストリートフェス Date: The Sunday around March 20th-ish Time: 12:00 – 15:00 Cost: Free Place: Den Den Town Area: Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, Japan Station: Nippombashi, Ebisucho Nipponbashi Street Festa is Kansai’s biggest annual cosplay event. It goes on for most of the afternoon, but from 12:00-15:00, they block part of Sakaisuji Ave. near Den Den Town and […]

Baikaisai

Baikaisai 梅花祭 Date: February 25th Time: 10 AM – 3 PM Cost: ¥1,500. Only 3,000 tickets sold. Place: Kitano Temmangu Area: Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan Baikaisai 梅花祭, held every February 25th, is a special event where maiko and geiko from the Kamishichiken geiko district perform tea ceremonies for 3,000 guests in Kitano Temmangu’s plum blossom grove. It’s very… Continue reading Baikaisai