Tenjin Matsuri, literally translated to the Festival of the Gods, is ranked as one of the “Top Three” festivals in Japan. The festival kicks off on the 24th, starting with prayers at the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine at 7:45am. The rest of the day is filled with a Taiko drumming performances, a long land processional in traditional garb, and a Danjiri dragon dancer, to signify the commencement of Tenjin Matsuri. However, most people consider the first day low key in comparison to the extravagance of the second day.
On the second day of the Tenjin Matsuri, pedestrians wear yukata (summer kimonos), and geta (wooden slippers) strolling, and often pushing, through the celebration. The day is filled with bunraku theater, puppets, kagura music and Osaka dance performances.