Sep 102012
Futondaiko drum festival in Sakai (Hassaku Matsuri)

Huge, colorful platforms with drum typical for the city of Sakai, south of Osaka. They are called futondaiko and used during festivals.

During Hassaku Matsuri, early in September, participants carry the platforms on their shoulders through the city center, to the hypnotic beat of children orchestra.

Aug 012012
Sumiyoshi Matsuri in Osaka

Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most important Japanese shrines. Though nowadays it lies in the boundaries of Osaka city, historically it has been more connected to the city of Sakai.The name of the latter means “the border,” and comes from the meeting point of three provinces.

During Sumiyoshi Festival, participants cross another border. They ford the Yamato River carrying a portable shrine mikoshi on their shoulders.

Jul 312012
Sakai Grand Evening Fish Market

Grand Evening Fish Market in Sakai organized one day before the Sumiyoshi Festival has 700 years of history.

Nowadays, it is a lively charity event in which many groups of volunteers participate. If you want to see it, don’t be late! It is so popular, that all the stock disappears within 15 minutes.