August 10 (Fri) and 11 (Sat, Holiday) , 2018

Hozenji Yokocho Festival

Hozenji Yokocho (Hozen Temple Lane) festival was organized in 1982 to commemorate the revival of a stone-paved lane which used to be paved with asphalt. Featuring a dedication such as performing arts or Bunraku (Japanese puppet show) staged inside the grounds of Hozen Temple and handmade night stalls where each shop enjoys contact with visitors, the festival creates a Naniwa-styled ambience.


In Hozenji Yokocho where the sentiments of Naniwa from olden days remain, visitors have an access to Kamigata (Kansai area) entertainment and can enjoy elaborate dishes at night stalls served by famous restaurants in Yokocho. You may also encounter well-kn

Date August 10 (Fri) and 11 (Sat, Holiday) , 2018
Description The festival will start at 14:00 on the first day in front of Mizukake Fudoson where the rakugo master Katsura Harudanji IV, the chief priest of Hozenji Temple and others conduct a Buddhist service to pray for safety and crack open a barrel of sake to music that typically accompanies Kyoto-Osaka style rakugo (comic story-telling). Other programs include a dedication of Bunraku by Toyomatsu Seijuro, a senryu (humorous poem) contest and the announcement of its winner, and a Hozenji Yokocho Festival Performance by volunteers from the Kansai Performing Arts Association. Between 16:00 and 21:00, each shop will organize unique handmade night stalls.
Access 1, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka (5 minutes walk from "Namba" subway station and "Osaka Namba" station in Hanshin/Kintetsu line, 8 minutes walk from "Namba" in Nankai line)


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