Summer festival, also known as Natsu Matsuri, is one kind of ceremonious event in Japan each year. People from different parts of Japan would celebrate similarly with the element of processions where they would carry their local shrine’s Shinto deity in palanquins throughout the town. Other than this, there would also be fireworks display and locals would wear their yukatas on this occasion. In some places, food and games stalls would be set up for people to eat and play in this joyous festival!
Kishiwada Port Festival
Fireworks aka Hanabi
I have seen many videos of Japanese fireworks online and I am so lucky that I was able to view the hanabi with my own eyes!
I shall let the photos do the talking~~
I think the photos and video do not do justice to how beautiful the fireworks were! It is still the best to look at it in real life XD
Food and Drinks stalls
The layout looks like pasar malam (a type of night market in Singapore) but the atmosphere was definitely different! Many people were in their yukatas which made me feel very local.
There were stalls selling yakisoba (stir fry noodles), lightbulb drinks, squid, kakigori (shaved ice), tori karaage and many many more!!! Too much for me to remember :P You will not leave the place feeling hungry!
We were so thirsty that we got 3 of the lightbulb drink! Nice aesthetics to take a photo XD
There were some stalls that sell toys and masks as well~
We stayed for about 2 hours in the area before heading back to Osaka city. Another 30 minutes walk from the port to the train station!
Even though the weather is very hot and the place is crowded with lots of people, and the festival is very far from the train station and from the city center of Osaka, it was still very enjoyable and fulfilling experience! I not only had fun but also knew more about how the Japanese celebrate summer festivals as well as their culture. Great place to eat, play, wear a yukata, see the hanabi and learn about the culture! Aint it lovely?
Would definitely recommend this natsu matsuri for those who is keen in visiting Osaka during summer time in the future!
When and Where?
〒596-0015 Ganpeki, Hannan-ikku, Hannan-ko, Jizouhama, Kishiwada
The nearest train station is Kishiwada station on the Nankai Line. Follow the directions on the board in the train station or the crowd as most of the people will be going to the festival on that very day.