This weekend in Osaka was one of the best events of summer, the Tenjin Matsuri. It's a festival that has been taking place for over a thousand years, and it's held at the Tenman Shrine. During the festival, traditional music and theatre is performed, and the entire city becomes so festive. Crowds of people travel from all over Japan to attend this festival, and the best part is to just walk around and sample all the different foods and take in all the sights.
The festival takes place on the banks of the river that separates Osaka in two, and hundreds of boats sail on that river. At dusk, the boats lit up with fires, which illuminate the water and create such a nice atmosphere. At night, fireworks can be viewed, and the festival closes down with the Osaka-style clapping ceremony.
I am lucky to live a mere steps away from that area, so I spent some time there on Sunday afternoon and just watched the herds of people dressed in beautiful yukata. In summer, Japan suddenly becomes so lively and lighthearted, and I have been feeling that exact way for a little while now.
I strongly recommend going to the Tenjin Matsuri if you ever travel around Kansai at the end of July, it's such a wonderful sight.