SPRING

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After the plum blossoms have fallen, sumo comes to Osaka; the annual Osaka Tournament takes place at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in mid-March. The colorful banners that belong to each wrestler are displayed in front of the venue and the huge wrestlers can be seen walking the streets of the city.

At the end of March, and on through the beginning of April, the cherry blossoms burst into bloom, heralding the arrival of spring. You can see them everywhere, especially in places like the Nishinomaru Japanese Garden in Osaka Castle Park, in Nagai Park, and at Yodogawa Riverside Park. The Osaka Mint also has a tunnel of cherry trees that bloom in late April along the banks of the Okawa River near Nakanoshima. Cherry blossoms are the absolute highlight of spring. Endless crowds delight in strolling among the riotous trees, and in sitting under them with family and friends, drinking and celebrating the arrival of spring. Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Osaka's most famous historical figure, loved viewing the beautiful blossoms. He was, in that sense, typically Japanese; everyone in Japan loves the time of cherry blossoms.

March Grand Sumo Tournament

One of Osaka's most highly anticipated spring events is the Grand Sumo Tournamet, held over 2 weeks in the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

Spring Higane Ritual

Shitennoji Temple hosts a sacred ritual on the vernal equinox.

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