Kishiwada Danjiri is one of Japan's most dangerous and alluring festivals. (Photo: Purple X / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Kishiwada Danjiri Festival 2016

High wire act of danger and tradition

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

The Kishiwada Danjiri Festival is on again, this year on the weekend of Sept 16 and 17. The first festival was held in 1703 by the daimyo of Kishiwada city, and it celebrates local culture as well as the skills of the local craftsmen, many of them have been in the game for generations. This festival is known for its mixture of danger and excitement, and once you are on the streets in Kishiwada and Haruki, you will know why, as 35 neighborhood teams race their 4 tonne danjiri through the streets. At night, take it the markets or relax over a beer in the courtyard Kispa La Park, where you can also get together over a game of ten pin bowling or karaoke. Kishiwada and Haruki is just 30 minutes away from either Osaka City and Kansai International Airport on the Nankai Wakayama and Airport Lines.

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us. 

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Victoria Vlisides 5 years ago
Oh, how lucky! It's on my birthday :)
Bonson Lam Author 5 years ago
It would be the best birthday party for you to be in Kishiwada. Happy Birthday Victoria!