TRANSLATOR'S NOTE: The first part is about an entirely unrelated destination in central Osaka called "Tekijuku" Among the tall buildings and offices is a small space containing Tekijuku, a private school used for Western studies that remains just as it was in the mid-19th century. Now registered as a National Important Cultural Property, the school was established by Ogata Koan for scholars of Western (i.e., Dutch) learning and medical sciences. Come through the genkan-style entrance and the first thing you'll see is a beautiful green courtyard. Head inwards down the sun-lit corridor to find a dim parlor and several straw tatami mat rooms. Stand on the tatami, wrapped in the silence, and any memories of the office buildings outside will fade away. Continue on through other rooms (the high-ceilinged kitchen, the small family room) and ascend up the steep stairs to the second floor. Head on and let your eyes wander along Kishiwada Castle's moat until you arrive to the Kishiwada Danjiri Hall, a solidly built structure. This museum is a place to experience the world of one of Japan's most notable festivals: the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri. As the automatic door opens, paper lanterns light up the dim space with their otherworldly glow. The hall is packed with a variety of things to interact with: a screen showing the intensity of the Danjiri festival, a display of Kishiwada’s oldest danjiri portable shrine, a reproduction of the old townscape, and a corner where visitors can try on happi coats, pose with paper lanterns, and try out festival instruments. Among those, the 3D image of a danjiri is a must-see! Put on the 3D glasses in the small theater space and you'll see a projection of footage taken from atop a danjiri. Since it's at eye level as if you were seated on the danjiri, you'll be able to really feel the sway and tremor of the float and the passionate energy of the people pulling it. Don't forget to take a closer look at the elaborate carving on the danjiri, too. Come here to experience the vitality of the town and the passion they pack into a single festival!
Adults ¥600 yen, elementary and middle school students ¥300
10:00 – 17:00 (admission until 16:00) Closed Mondays