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[Special Issue!!] Osaka Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, Where You Can Enjoy Japan’s Beautiful Flowers Year-Round!Read Later
When you imagine Japanese flowers, most people think of the iconic sakura, or cherry blossom. It's absolutely a pretty flower, but Japan is also home to many other beautiful flowers that bloom in each of the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
Along with the Aoi Matsuri in May and the Gion Matsuri in July, Heian Shrine's Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) is considered one of the three greatest annual festivals held in Kyoto.
Summer is here! Osaka’s summers are plenty hot, but Osaka Expo ’70 Commemorative Park has plenty of ways for you to enjoy your summer! The park features many different varieties of trees and flowers, so you can also enjoy the beauty of nature. This article will introduce the many events and activities you can enjoy at the Commemorative Park.
For the First Time in 48 Years, the Inside of the Tower of the Sun is Open! Osaka Expo '70 Commemorative ParkRead Later
Japan's World's Fair (the Osaka Expo) was held in 1970 as the first event of its kind in Asia. In one part of the Theme Pavilion stands the 70-meter-high Tower of the Sun, designed by artist Taro Okamoto.
After undergoing extensive renovations, the interior of this tower, which had been closed following the Expo, is open to the public for the first time in 48 years!
A Festival that Spans a Full Month with Over 1100 Years of History. This article will introduce “yoiyama” and “yamaboko junko,” two of the top events during the month-long festival. The “Kyoto Gion Matsuri Yamaboko Gyoji” is a registered UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage.
“Yabusame-shinji,” held at World Heritage Site Shimogamo Shrine, takes place in early May every year. It is held as both a purification ritual and to ensure that Aoi Matsuri, or “Hollyhock Festival,” which is also held in May, can be carried out safely without problems.
During the event, archers on horseback ride through the forest and shoot at targets. It is said that, if the arrows meet their marks, there will be an abundant harvest of crops that year and wishes will be granted.
Aoi Matsuri is an annual festival of Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine. The official name of the festival is Kamo no Matsuri (Kamo Festival).Aoi Matsuri is one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, and it is known for having old-fashioned sense of refined grace. Out of modern-day Japanese festivals, Aoi Matsuri is one of the few festivals remaining that truly preserves old dynastic traditions.
Osaka, Koinobori Festa 1000Read Later
In the Koinobori Festa, around 1000 carp-shaped streamers are hung as wishes for children’s health and for protection of the Akuta River, a symbol of Takatsuki City.
A huge number of colorful carp streamers “swim” in the sky as they hang from ropes strung across the Akuta River.
The streamers used in this festival are donated by local residents or handmade by the children at local kindergartens.