Traditional Festivals and Arts
Festival, traditional arts
1Toka Ebisu Festival (Amagasaki Ebisu-jinja Shrine)
Toka Ebisu is an annual (January) festival where people pray for business prosperity and safety in the home. The shrine is close to the city’s largest shopping precinct and bustles with shopper-worshippers.
2Kifune Danjiri Festival (Kifune-jinja Shrine)
This dynamic festival begins on the evening of August 1 with a parade from the south side of Amagasaki Stn. on the Hanshin Railway and “wild taiko drum” performance at the shrine; and ends the following evening with a showdown between two danjiri floats.
3Tsukiji Danjiri Festival (Hatsushima-daijingu Grand Shrine)
This festival begins on the eve of Respect for the Aged Day in September with a dynamic parade of danjiri floats, and culminates the following evening with a showdown between two floats.
4Daikaku-ji Miburikyogen (Daikaku-ji Temple Setsubun Festival)
Daikaku-ji hosts a performance of kyogen drama without dialogue as part of the Setsubun spring festival every February 3.
5Tomatsu Noh by Firelight (Tomatsu-jinja Shrine)
Every July 26, an offering is made to Tomatsu-jinja Shrine’s deities in the form of noh and kyogen drama lit by beacon fire on the shrine grounds. This popular summer event is a fixture of the local summer calendar.
6Amagasaki Noh by Firelight (Daimotsu-gawa Ryokuchi Park outdoor Noh stage)
Every May 20, a performance of noh drama without dialogue is held on the open-air stage at the Daimotsu River reserve.
Held in late October to coincide with the anniversary of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s death, this festival features graveside bunraku puppet theater at Kosai-ji Temple, more bunraku and performances of the local favorite Chikamatsu ondo Japanese folk song at the Chikamatsu Memorial Museum, and other activities to celebrate Chikamatsu’s impressive achievements.