Do You Know? Festival in Japan
Tenjin Matsuri (天神祭), literally translated to the Festival of the Gods, is ranked as one of the “Top Three” festivals in Japan. Ocurring on every 24th and 25th of July (regardless of the day), this 1000 year old festival is dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the Japanese deity of scholarship and learning. The Tenjin Matsuri is known for the boat and land processionals, elaborate fireworks performance, and the boat bonfires along the Osaka Okawa River that create a hypnotic light display. The highlight of this festival is an hour and a half fireworks performance display, combined with the boats engulfed in flames, dances across the surface of the Osaka Okawa River. The Tenjin Matsuri is a uniquely Osaka style festival to enjoy during a hot summer day. It is impossible to find such festival anywhere else in Japan!