Event List in Osaka This Weekend (December 3 & 4, 2022)
The best events, activities, and exhibitions held this weekend in Osaka
Are you searching for things to do this weekend in Osaka? Well, this is the article for you.
Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, has many events going on all the time. So many things are happening simultaneously, that you might overlook an event you would be interested in. Art exhibitions, musical concerts, sporting events, seasonal food events, cultural events, etc… What we hope this article does is to avoid that you from overlooking an event that may interest you.
In this article, I will share 10 of the most talked about events happening this weekend in Osaka. If you live in Osaka and have some free time, or if you happen to be visiting Osaka during this week, then I hope at least one of these events will interest you to check it out.
Autumn culture in Japan
Before we go to the list of events this weekend, let me share with you some information regarding Autumn events in Japan.
Autumn in Japan is a season when people tend to focus on spending time getting in touch with culture, so much so that there is a phrase that well represents this: Bunka no Aki (文化の秋) which means “Autumn for culture”. This is something that has been said since a long time ago, having different reasons depending on the discipline or activity. Here are some examples.
Supo-tsu no aki (スポーツの秋) means “Autumn for sports” and this phrase comes from the fact that the Tokyo Olympics of 1964 were held in October. There is also the fact that Autumn is the perfect season to do sports due to its temperature.
Dokusho no aki (読書の秋) means “Autumn for reading” and it became popular after Japanese writer Natsume Soseki (夏目漱石) referenced an old poem stating that autumn is the best season for reading because of the temperature.
Shokuyoku no aki (食欲の秋) means “Autumn for hunger”. This phrase is said because there are so many delicious seasonal foods such as chestnuts, sweet potatoes, persimmon, and pacific saury among others.
Geijutsu no aki (芸術の秋) means “Autumn for art” and the origin of this phrase comes from a magazine all the way back in 1918, stating that Autumn is the perfect season to contemplate and create art because, as you can imagine, of the nice weather.
Ok, now that you know a little bit about autumn-related Japanese culture, here is the event list in Osaka this weekend (December 3 and 4, 2022).
1. Festival of the Lights in Osaka 2021
Event Period: November 3, 2022 to January 31, 2023
Location: Various locations within Osaka
Official Website: https://www.hikari-kyoen.com/en/
2. SUNTORY 10000 Freude -Life is Symphony-
Event Period: December 4, 2022
Location: Osaka-Jo Hall
Official Website: https://www.mbs.jp/daiku/
|Access||4 minute walk from Osakajokoen Station (Osaka Loop Line)|
3. Osaka Castle Illuminage
Event Period: November 22, 2022, to February 26, 2023
Location: Osaka Castle (Nishinomaru Garden)
Official Website: https://illuminagegroup.com/osaka2022/
|Access||12 minute walk from Temmabashi Station (Keihan Main Line, Nakanoshima Line, and Tanimachi Line)|
4. Kingdom Exhibition (The Road of SHIN)
Event Period: October 14 to December 11, 2022
Location: Grand Front Osaka (North building), Knowledge Capital
Official Website: https://www.ytv.co.jp/kingdom_exhibition_2022/
|Access||6 minute walk from Umeda Station|
Event Period: starting on November 4, 2022
Location: Starbucks shops nationwide (Japan) and Starbucks online store.
Official Website: https://product.starbucks.co.jp/tumblermug/?nid=wh_00_pc
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6. K-1 World GP 2022 Japan
Event Period: December 3, 2022
Location: EDION Arena Osaka
Official Website: https://www.k-1.co.jp/schedule/16582/
|Access||7 minute walk from Osaka-Namba Station (Hanshin Namba Line)|
7. Into the Unknown World – GUTAI: Differentiation and Integration
Event Period: October 22, 2022, to January 9, 2023
Location: National Museum of Art in Osaka
Official Website: https://www.nmao.go.jp/events/event/gutai_2022_nakanoshima/?lang=en
|Access||5 minute walk from Watanabebashi Station (Nakanoshima Line)|
8. Art Lab – For Kids: Create Your Own Emoji
Event Period: December 4, 2022
Location: Apple Shinsaibashi
Official Website: https://www.apple.com/jp/today/
|Access||2 minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji Line)|
9. Katsuoji Temple Night Special Light Up 2022
Event Period: November 12 to December 4, 2022
Location: Katsuoji Temple
Official Website: https://katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp/#index
|Access||From Senrichuo Station (Kita-Osaka Kyuko), 20 minutes by Taxi or 33 minutes by bus|
10. IKEA “Let’s play with our friends from the sea”
Event Period: December 3 and 4, 2022
Location: IKEA Tsuruhama
Official Website: https://www.ikea.com/jp/en/
|Access||25 minute bus ride from JR Namba Station|
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I hope you enjoyed this article about events in Osaka this weekend. As I previously mentioned, it can be difficult to keep track of every festival, exhibition, and other event happening in Osaka, so hopefully, this article serves as a reference for you to find things to do in Osaka.
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