Kishiwada & Haruki Danjiri Markets

An intoxicating mix of excitement and surprise

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

Danjiri are enormous carts that are driven by daredevil runners around the streets, and much like the running bulls of Pamplona, draw enormous crowds with its mixture of excitement and danger. The towns of Kishiwada and Haruki are known for the most famous danjiri festivals in all of Japan, so much so that their calendars starts on danjiri month, being in September. The Kispa La Park in Haruki as well as Kishiwada's old town are popular vantage spots for the danjiri. Each neighborhood is responsible for its own danjiri, and have unique decorations. A whole industry of craftsmen exists to support the design, construction and maintenance of the danjiri. At night the market stalls are lit up with lanterns, parlor games and kids of young and old in yukata, a light summer version of the kimono. The festival is held on the weekend before the third September each year.

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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.