As the name suggests, the highlight of the Tenjin Matsuri (literally, ‘Boat Festival') is a gigantic naval procession. As thousands of torches and lanterns are placed everywhere along the banks, boats parade along the Okawa, Osaka's great river, carrying miniature temples and portable shrines called mikoshi.
But the event is also an opportunity to get together with family and friends. From the afternoon on, young people wander about in yukata (traditional dress), then, as the evening progresses, locals crowd around the food stands, the Japanese ones being obviously the most numerous. They offer tasty delights, including takoyaki (the local specialty) and ice-cream to help festivalgoers endure the summer heat. Besides the parade of boats, the huge fireworks display that closes the Tenjin Matsuri is an event that children and adults alike would not miss for anything in the world.
From 24 to 25 July 2017