July 2013:

Tenjin Matsuri Festival

This festival is the greatest in Osaka boasting of a history of a thousand years.

This festival is the greatest in Osaka boasting of a history of a thousand years. On the morning of the 24th, it stars with the Hokonagashi Ritual (Throwing the sacred sword) by Hokonagashi Bridge. Shishi-Mai (Lion Dance) and Mikoshi (Portable shrine) go around the territory of the shrine. In the Hommiya (Main day) on the 25th, the Rikutogyo starts from the shrine at about 15:30, and finishes in the shrine again through the Funatogyo. The festival reaches a climax during that passage. A large number of torch-lit boats cruising the river and the fireworks are splendidly displayed.

Date

24th & 25th July 2013 (Wednesday, Thursday)

Venue

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine and surrounding areas

Admission

Free to watch

http://www.osaka-info.jp/tenjin_matsuri/

August 2013:

Asian Youth Orchestra

Don’t miss the chance to see a truly remarkable, award-winning orchestra

A public performance in Osaka of the “Asian Youth Orchestra” has been fixed! Young musicians of great talent have been chosen from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Enjoy the chance to hear a performance guaranteed to touch the hearts of international audiences from the 2010 Praemium Imperiale Global Arts Prize (in Honour of Prince Takamatsu) winning orchestra.

Performance

Head conductor: James Judd
Cello Solo: Steven Isserlis

Program

Weber: Overture from “Der Freischütz” Antonín Dvořák: Cello Concerto

Date and Time

26th August, 2013 (Monday) 19:00 (doors open 18:00)

Venue

NHK Osaka Hall

Admission

Advance: ¥2,000 / same day: ¥2,500

http://ayonihonjimukyoku.com/

August 2013:

The International Red-White Singing Contest

A Karaoke-style contest where participants sing in their second language

The International Red-White Singing Contest event aims at a better understanding among all people and their varying nationalities living in Japan; non-native participants must sing in Japanese while Japanese participants must sing anything but their native tongue. While everyone is encouraged to participate, you’re all still welcome to come along and enjoy yourself in this song filled evening.

Date

31st August, 2013 (Saturday)

Venue

International House, Osaka

Admission

Adults: ¥1,000 yen 
※ free of charge for high school students and those younger.

http://www.yokosojapan.net/article.php/20130406red-white_event_ja

September 2013:

DANCE DELIGHT VOL.20 FINAL

Dance Delight is an Osaka-initiated, internationally recognized Street Dance Competition

The world’s largest class street dance contest of its type is coming to Osaka this summer! Approximately 40 teams, winners of both the domestic and international preliminaries, will assemble in Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium to vie for the title of world No. 1!

Date

1st September 2013 (Sunday)

Venue

Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium Main Arena

Admission

¥5,500 (All reserved seats)
*Ticket sales start 13th July (Saturday)

http://www.dancedelight.net/

October 2013:

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival - Kumeda Temple Gyoukimairi -

The largest Danjiri Festival is held in Kishiwada city, in the southern part of Osaka prefecture.

The Kishiwasa Danjiri Matsuri Festival covers two days in October, in an event where 13 local dieties come together in the Hagi District (from Tajimecho and Imakicho) are loaded into wooden carts, or “Danjiri” and make pilgrimage to Kumeda Temple and the enshrined Gyouki, a high priest from the Nara Period. Seeing the Danjiri lined up on the grounds is a traditional spectacle to behold.

Date

13th October, 2013 (Sunday)

Venue

Kumeda Temple, Kishiwada city

Admission

Free to watch

http://www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp/soshiki/36/kumedadera.html

November 2013:

Osaka Asian Dreams Jazz Competition

A chance for jazz players to show their talent and make their dreams come true.

Any one under the age of 32 is free to apply for the Osaka Asian Dreams Jazz Competition in a chance to win 2 million yen and the opportunity to appear in a major international Jazz festival. The top eight competitors from the semi-final round will advance to the final competition to be held live at the Osaka University of Arts. Judges for the event include Thelonius Monk Jr., Cynthia Holiday, Charito, Youn Sun Nah and Junichi Okuchi. A live performance of the Monk sextet orchestra and Cynthia Holiday will also be held.

Date and Time

Semi-final and final competitions: 16th of November 2013 (Saturday)
Awards Ceremony and Party: 17th of November 2013 (Sunday)

Venue

Osaka University of Arts

http://osaka-asiandreams.jp/en/index.html

November 2013:

Danjiri Matsuri Festival at Osaka Castle

Osaka’s Danjiri gather at the base of Osaka Castle in an event reviving Osaka’s roots.

Osaka city is said to have a total of about 80 Danjiri; carts which carry portable shrines and are used in traditional festivals throughout the city.

Hideyoshi Toyotomi left behind a glorious treasure and a landmark for Osaka City: Osaka Castle. During the construction of the castle many ‘Syura’ carts were used. The design was said to be a prototype for the Danjiri: carts which carry portable shrines and are used in traditional festivals throughout the city. The city is said to have about 80 ornately designed Danjiri in total; The Danjiri Matsuri in Osaka Castle (lit. Danjiri ‘festival’) currently brings together 20 of these carts to the base of Osaka Castle where they are said to have their roots. This year’s celebration marks the 400th anniversary of Osaka Castle.

Date

3rd of November 2013, 10:00~16:30

Venue

Main Grounds Osaka Castle Park, Taiyo-no Hiroba
http://danjiri-in-osakajyo.jimdo.com/

December 2013:

Festival of the light in OSAKA

The season when light becomes culture in Osaka

Last year, the Osaka Hikari-Renaissance (an illumination festival) that began in 2003 saw its 10th anniversary, attracting 3 million visitors to the Nakanoshima area (an island in central Osaka nestled in between two rivers) and 1.5 million to the Midosuji area (main boulevard in central Osaka), making it a signature winter event in Osaka. Starting this year, the event will be held as the Festival of the Light in Osaka, in which the illumination programs that have been held in each area will be unified. This spectacular display brings people from all over the prefecture together, adding a little bit of bright enjoyment to the cold winter months.

Osaka Hikari Renaissance, 2013
– Harmony Between water and light –

Event Hours: December 15th (Sun), 2013 - December 25th (Wed), 2013
*Preview: December 1st (Sun) - December 14th (Sat) 5:00PM – 11:00PM
(Preview will be held only along Miotsukushi Promenade (South side of the City Hall))
Lights On: 5:00PM – 10:00PM
*Certain parts will begin at 4:00PM

Midosuji Illumination 2013

Event Hours: December 1st (Sun), 2013 - January 19th (Sun), 2014
*The Photography Spot will be open from December 15th (Sun) – December 25th (Sun)
Lights On: 5:00PM – 11:00PM

http://www.hikari-kyoen.com/en/index.html

December 2013:

Osaka Castle 3D Mapping Super Illumination Special

Osaka Castle and its surrounds are transformed

With a modern production team put together by Huis Ten Bosch against a backdrop of Osaka Castle, this Super Illumination Special is set to be a world first. The planners are prepared to turn Osaka castle into an absolutely, and probably one of a kind, extravagant light show. The gardens of the nearby Nishinomaru Park will also be transformed with a baroque theme and accompanying classical music with an additional gigantic cube of light that viewers can walk under.

Date and Time

14th Dec (Sat) 2013 - 16th Feb (Sun) 2014
17:30 - 22:30 (closed at 23:00)

Venue

Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Park and Castle Tower areas (approx 6.5 hectares)

Entry Fee

Regular: ¥1,600, children 4y.o - elementary school ¥950
Special Days*: ¥2,000, children 4y.o - elementary school ¥1,000
December 14th – 25th, 27th, 28th, 31st
January 1st – 4th, 10th – 12th, 17th , 18th , 24th , 25th , 31st
February 1st – 8th, 10th , 14th – 16th
*Special days are designated as Fridays, Saturdays and days before public holidays.

http://www.tenka1hikari.jp/?pageId=003r01

December 2013:

Osaka Great Santa Run

Join an Osaka full of marathon-running Santas

Let’s fill Osaka with Santas! Dress up as Santa Claus and enjoy a marathon and sends Christmas presents to children in need in this yearly charity event. The Santa suits are included in the participation fee, and participants can run (or walking is also permissible) the marathon in them. The proceeds from the event go towards Christmas presents for children with incurable diseases. Join, and help make Osaka a kind, yet lively city full of the most Santas seen anywhere in the world.

Date

1st December, 2013

Venue

Osaka Castle Park

Admission

Adult Santas ¥3,000, Student Santas (High School and University) ¥2,000, Junior Santas (Jr. High and below) ¥1,000. A portion of the participation will go towards Christmas presents for children with incurable diseases.

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