Danjiri Matsuri
EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri – Osaka Autumn Festival

As sad as I am to see the summer festival season come to an end, I am equally, if not more excited, to welcome in Autumn events. So, if like me, you didn’t quite get your festival fix yet – fear not! Autumn festivals offer all the same excitement of the summer ones and none of the sweltering heat. This weekend, on October 8th and 9th, be sure to check out the Danjiri Matsuri. I went to one last month on September 17th and was thoroughly impressed watching people of all ages come together in order to pull a huge danjiri. Danjiri, also known as mikoshi, is a shrine box that Japanese people usually carry on their shoulders at festivals. For the Danjiri Matsuri however, the shrine carts are pulled at thrilling speeds.

Danjiri Matsuri

The Danjiri Matsuri has a long history dating back to the Edo Period and is only celebrated in one area of Osaka called the Senshu Region. Located near Osaka Bay, the region includes 9 cities and 4 districts; every year, each city comes together, recruiting both young and old, in order to make the event happen. Participating cities include Sakai, Kishiwada, Izumiootsu, Kaizuka, Izumisano, Izumi, Takaishi, Sennan, Hannan and the Tadaoka, Kumatori, Tajiri and Misaki districts. Each event takes place on a different day, so if you’ve missed the main Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, you can still check out the festivities at another locale. Interestingly, while most autumn festivals are celebrated to honor God; wish for a great harvest, plentiful fish or good health, the Danjiri Matsuri tradition started solely to entertain kids while the rest of the city prepared.

 

Nankai Kishiwada Station Osaka

The event takes place early in the morning until after sunset. The two main highlights of the festival are the running with the shrine box carts which takes place in the day and the parade that showcases the shrine carts after dark. If you’re interested in seeing more mikoshi – type festivals, I also recommend checking out the Mozu Hachimangu Autumn Festival in Sakai City.

 

Although, the main ‘Kishiwada’ Danjiri Matsuri has already ended, there are many other cities that celebrate the festival this weekend. So don’t miss out on all the same excitement and suspense! Below, you’ll find the dates and cities celebrating Danjiri Matsuri.

 

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri at Night-time

 

Danjiri Matsuri Schedule

Sakai-City 

October 7th Danjiri Eve

October 8th Danjiri Day

 

Kishiwada-City 

October 8th Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Izumiootsu-City 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Kaizuka-City 

October 8th Danjiri Practice Run

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Izumi-City 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Takaishi-City 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Sennan-City 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Hannan-City (Yagura)

October 9th Danjiri Eve

October 10th Danjiri Day

 

Tadaoka-District 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Kumatori-District 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve (at Oomori Shrine)

October 9th Danjiri Day (at Kumatori Station)

 

Tajiri-District 

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

 

Misaki-District 

(at Kunitama Shrine and Sumiyoshi Shrine)

October 8th  Danjiri Eve

October 9th Danjiri Day

(at Kinafunamori Shrine)

October 14th  Danjiri Eve

October 15th  Danjiri Day

 

Good To Know

For the Kishiwada-City Danjiri Matsuri, I was only there in the daytime to watch the parade in front of the station (Nankai-line Kishiwada Station). If you wish to view the running, you must walk to the Bay Side where there are food booths.

Also, I highly recommend staying until after dark, to watch the lively festival turn into an ambient atmosphere with the lit-up with the glow of mikoshi.

For more information, you can visit the official Senshu region website below (the English is machine translated):

http://welcome-to-senshu.jp/maturi.php