Must-see Festival in Japan: Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

It's hard pulling the Danjiri wagon

After arriving at Kishiwada, I spent all day there experiencing the Danjiri Matsuri festival. When I was there, a Japanese man approached me and we talked a bit in English. He told me that this Danjiri Matsuri festival is one of the best festivals in Japan.

The Danjiri fest in Kishiwada is one of several Danjiri-pulling events, but this one in Kishiwada is the most grandiose one. It’s a picturesque cultural Japanese event that is a must-see for everyone coming to Japan in September. It is held on September 14-15.

I didn’t plan to get to that event nor I knew it’s taking place until the previous day. This is why the Internet is your best friend in Japan.

I want to share more photos of this magnificent festival so you can get the feel of it as you browse through this post. Later on, I’ll share also videos, but I need to edit them first.

Kishiwada Danjiri Photos

Here you can see several photos I shot at Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri Festival in Kishiwada, Osaka Prefecture, Japan on September 14, 2019. The weather was hot but not too hot. Considering that a day before it was very humid. So the weather is getting better at mid-September. You can definitely feel the change.

TIP: I also bought a sun lotion because most of the time I Was moving no the shades. Just a recommendation if you intend to walk around the Danjiri route because most of the places aren’t shaded.

I took those all of those photos using my Nikon D7000 digital SLR camera that I brought with me to Japan. I only took a few pictures using my phone because I needed an optical zoom option. All of these photos are taken in daylight and my 18-105mm lens was perfect for this. At night I switched to my phone which has a faster f/1.7 aperture lens.

Walking in the Streets of Kishiwada

The streets of Kishiwada will be full of mechanizing stands and of course, food is one of the most noticeable ones.  There are so many tasty foods and the good thing that it’s almost everywhere along the route of the Danjiri cart.

You’ll see many Japanese houses open with tables put outside to see the festival. However, to maintain their privacy, in some parts, the crowd is not allowed to stand nor it’s polite to do so.

There and some areas which are blocked from standing because it’s dangerous to stand there. It’s especially true to tight corners where the Danjiri is passing through. I’ve seen some people being thrown to the bumpers on the sides of the road due to centrifugal force.

I was actually, by mistake, standing in the wrong, place, not understanding the danger. A guy that was pulling the Danjiri was thrown at a bumper near me. I’ll share it in a video in a future post. So always stay in the marked safe zoned and don’t try to be a hero or rude. People got hurt in the past, so stay safe.

Overall, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is a Must-see festival event in Osaka prefecture. It takes only around 40 minutes by train (I think less if you take the Airport Express) to get there and it’s well worth it. I recommend spending all day there until night, so you can see the lantern-lit Danjiris. More on that soon.

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