Danjiri Kaikan Museum
Danjiri Kaikan Museum
The Danjiri Kaikan is an important museum located in Kishiwada, Osaka, near Kishiwada Castle.
It provides reference materials and files of the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival, very famous in Japan. Not only do visitors learn about the history and structure of the danjiri (floats), but they can also watch a Danjiri Festival movie.
Apart from that, have real danjiri exhibits that will be used from the end of the Edo Period until today. In addition, some of the musical instruments used in the great celebration are shown.
In one place of the museum is the explanation of the carpentry process used to build the Danjiri, as well as a broad illustration of the stories that are carved in the floats.
On the third floor of the Museum there is a small gallery that shows miniature models, affected by the Danjiri, made of the same types of wood, cloth and strings used in reality.
On the fourth floor you can directly experience the danjiri festival. There, the roof and the main body of a Danjiri are shown separately. Visitors can climb the roofs and pose for photos with traditional happi coats. We can also try playing the distinctive campaign and the taiko drums used in the Festival. In addition, there is a virtual reality attraction where visitors can experience what it feels like to drive a danjiri.
Likewise, they can climb on the roof of the exhibited danjiri and experience the same as the daikugata, the men who jump and dance vigorously on the rooftops of the danjiri.
On the first floor of the Museum there is an area dedicated to the novel “Carnation” of the NHK television, which is about the life of one of the most famous dressmakers in Japan. She lived all her life in Kishiwada and strongly supported the Danjiri festival.
The museum is pleasant and informative, with many attractions for adults and children to enjoy.
Danjiri Matsuri Festival
It is said that the Danjiri Matsuri (float festival) has its origin in the “Inari Matsuri”, celebrated in the year 16 of the Genroku era (1703). Created by the Lord of Kishiwada Castle to pray for an abundant harvest. The festival, from its beginnings, had great local support.
With 300 years of tradition, the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is proudly celebrated in September of each year. 34 Danjiri teams bring their sacred float on a quick tour in this city. It is a race of strength, endurance and celebration.
Each Danjiri is handmade, entirely made of zelkova wood. It weighs about 4 tons, measures 3.8 meters high, 4 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. The traction rope is 100 to 200 meters long and is dragged by about 500 to 1000 people.
From Takojizo (Nankai Line) station
Adult 600 yen, Junior high and Elementary student 300 yen
From 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:00)
Closed on Mondays