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Tenjin Festival

Tenjin Festival

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Tenjin Festival

Without doubt one of Japan’s most visually stimulating festivals, this annual event honours Tenmangu shrine’s principle deity Sugawara Michizane, the god of scholarship. Steeped in a rich history and tradition, this 10th century procession involves inviting Michanzane out of the shrine and parading him through the city and down the Okawa River, carrying out various exuberant festivities to entertain him, before taking him back to his rightful home.

Tenjin Matsuri is one of the most symbolic water and light festivals in Osaka, also ranked as one of the three greatest festivals in Japan, held annually on 24th-25th of July. 'Tenjin' is god and 'matsuri' is festival in Japanese, so literally Tenjin Matsuri means the Festival of the Gods. 

Osaka, also known as the City of Water and Light, hosts this festival that dates back from more than a thousand years ago. This festival started in year 951 to commemorate the deification of the great scholar, Michizane Sugawara, enshrined now as the God of Learning.

Tenjin Matsuri is the amalgamation of a boat festival, a magnificent fireworks display and parades of 'omikoshi' portable shrines and is without doubt one of Japan’s most visually stimulating festivals.  The highlight of the festival is a procession of 3000 celebrants dressed in imperial-court costumes of the 8th-12th centuries. They parade down the streets of Osaka and then by boat down the Dotombori river. The festival reaches a climax with boat bonfires, music, dancing and fireworks. 

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