Summer in west Japan is a herald of many things — sweltering humidity, chirping cicadas, and the ubiquitous sight of shaved ice for sale. It’s also the most festive season of the year!It seems as if every week, there is another festival complete with food stalls, game booths and everyone in traditional Japanese clothing cracking open cold beers to celebrate. The festivities culminate in Osaka during midsummer with an event that draws over a million spectators each year, the Tenjin Matsuri (Festival).
Tenjin Festival’s sacred origins
The Tenjin Festival is one of the three “great festivals of Japan” (the other two are Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo). It has taken place annually on July 24 and 25 since the 10th century and its roots are in Shinto, the ancient animistic religion of the country.
The Tenjin Festival happens annually on July 24 and 25.
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