Sakai Festival takes place on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. Look out for a bicycle parade including some historic bikes, a large flea market in Xavier Park (Nambanichiba) and a tea ceremony in honor of favorite son, Sen-no-Rikyu, held in in Nanshuji Temple and Daisen Park.
The festival began in 1974 and also features floats and a parade of people wearing different national costumes.
The festival emphasizes the city's trading links with foreign countries - Nanban means "southern barbarian" and was the name given to the early Portuguese who first arrived in Japan in the 16th century. St. Francis Xavier is known to have visited Sakai in 1550.
Sakai Japanese Festival
Tuesday, August 03, 2010