Our Director Interviewed by NHK

This photo was retrieved from Mr. Sato's personal blog.

This photo was retrieved from Mr. Sato’s personal blog.

Our association director, Mr. Yoshiya Sato, was interviewed by NHK yesterday.

NHK is one of major broadcasting companies in Japan. Sometimes, it’s called “BBC in Japan”.

On July 7th, some shrines in Katano hold Tanabata Festival. Particularly, Hatamono Shrine’s Tanabata Festival is increasing the number of the visitors year by year.  It owes a lot of efforts by local people and a merchant group. Hence, NHK has reported only Hotamono Shrine’s Tanabata Festival, hitherto.

But, this time, NHK offered an interview to Katano Tourist Association and Mr. Sato introduced not only Hatamono Shrine but also other important places deeply relating to the Tale of Tanabata in Katano.

According to his personal blog, he took the TV clue to Hatamono Shrine, Aiaibashi Bridge, and Hoshida Myokengu Shrine. The aim is to tell them that Katano, as a whole, is one of central cities of the tale of Tanabata.

The interview will be televised in this evening in Channel 1.

His original article is http://ameblo.jp/haihsoj4480/entry-12178035407.html  (written only in Japanese).

Katano’s Summer Event Information

Lanterns @ Amanogawa Hoshi Festival 2015

Lanterns @ Amanogawa Hoshi Festival 2015

July is a special month in which big summer events are held in Katano. For example, Tanabata Festival on June 7th is a historical event relating to the tale of Tanabata. In the festival at Hatamono Shrine, people hang up coloured strips of paper on sticks of bamboo. The landscape is very colourful and gorgeous. Tanabata Festival is held at several shrines in Katano.

Katano’s Summer Event Schedule

The event place map (Google Map) is available here.

(July 2nd)

Hirakata Katano Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event

Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016

Venue: Keihan Hirakatashi Station

Time: Pre-event by Setsunan University 11:00a.m. ~

Opening Ceremony 12:40p.m. ~

(July 3rd)

Aeon Mall Shijyonawate Tanabata Event

※To promote Katano Amanogawa Tanabata Festival on July 30th, Katano Tourist Association participates in this event.

Venue: Aeon Mall Shijyonawate

Time: 12:30p.m. ~

(July 6th & 7th)

Tanabata Festival in Hatamono Shrine

Venue: Hatamono Shrine

Time: 17:00p.m.~ 21:00p.m.

(July 7th to 9th)

Aiaibashi Tanabata Festival

Venue: Aiaibashi Bridge

Time: 10:00a.m. ~ (Opening Ceremony is held from 19:00p.m. on July 7th.)

(July 7th)

Tanabata Festival in Hoshida Myokengu Shrine

Venue: Hoshida Myokengu Shrine

Time: Tanabata ritual 10:00a.m. ~ 11:50a.m.

Dance ritual 15:30p.m. ~ 16:20p.m.

(July 23rd & 24th)

Hoshida Myokengu Shrine 1200th Anniversary: Hoshuku Sai

(resized) Poster of Hoshida Myoken 1200th anniv.

Venue: Hoshida Myokengu Shrine and Hoshida Hall

Time: July 23rd 9:30a.m.~

July 24th 10:00a.m.~

(July 30th)

Katano Amanogawa Tanabata Festival 2016


Venue: Keihan Kisaichi Station, the Botanical Garden of Osaka City University, Mizube Plaza, and Hoshi no Sato Iwafune

Time: 15:00p.m ~21:30p.m.

Katano Satoyama Trail Running Challenge Cup 2016


Venue: Hoshida Park

Time: 10:30a.m. ~

(Note) This page is retrieved from I Love Katano (http://www.lovekatano.com).

Our website has been introduced in “Katano Times”

Katano's Major New Site; Katano Times

Katano’s Major Local News Site; Katano Times

Katano’s major local news site, Katano Times (http://www.katano-times.com) has introduced our website (http://www.katano-times.com/archives/47909215.html). It is a very humorous article including some jokes.

There are two major news sites in Katano; “Hoshi no Machi Katano (http://murata35.chicappa.jp)” and “Katano Times”. Katano Times always provides us with funny news relating to Katano. It is said that almost all Katanonians are checking Katano Times unlike our English website and “I Love Katano (http://www.lovekatano.com)” (T_T). 

To boost the readers who access to our English website, we started “3 Things to Do in Katano (http://katano-kanko.com/foreign-languages/wonderful-katano-english/3-things-to-do-in-katano-katanonians-recommendations/)”. In this page, Katanonians who love Katano introduce their favourite shops and travel spots. Mr. Kazuhiko Harada who is the director of Katano Times also writes his favourite three things for our website (http://katano-kanko.com/foreign-languages/wonderful-katano-english/3-things-to-do-in-katano-katanonians-recommendations/kazuhiko-haradas-3-things-to-do-in-katano/). 

We would like to express our gratitude to Katano Times and Mr. Harada.   

Katano’s Biggest Summer Festival on July 30th


Katano Amanogawa Tanabata Festival 2016

Date & Time

July 30th 15:00p.m.~


Keihan Kisaichi Station, Hoshi no Sato Iwafune, Mizube Plaza, and the Botanical Garden of Osaka City University


Katano’s annual summer event, Ama no Gawa Tanabata Festival, will be held on July 30th. This is one of Katano’s big events that are increasing the number of visitors year by year.

Katano is a city deeply relating to the Tale of Tanabata. Therefore, in this festival, decolations representing the relationship of Katano and Tanabata can be seen. Particularly, hundreds of candles create an air of fantasy at night. The scenery is absolutely brilliant and beautiful. You will be able to touch on the basic principle of Katano’s history and culture throughout the day.

Furthermore, various food and drink stalls will open. Some stalls offer typical Japanese summer event foods such as Yakisoba and Takoyaki.

Ama no Gawa Tanabata Festival starts from 15p.m. If July 30th be rain, the event will be postponed on July 31st. The venues for the event are Keihan Kisaichi Station, Mizube Plaza, Hoshi no Sato Iwafune, and the Botanical Garden of Osaka City University (see the following Google Map). 

Goods Shop Information @ Katano Ikiiki Marchѐ June 26th 2016

001As informed before (click here), in Katano Ikiiki Marchѐ on June 26th, various food and goods stands welcome your coming as well as a lot of local characters called “Yuru Kyara”. Some goods stands, for example, sell hand-made items such as a bag, a bamboo lunch box, and a candle. Another goods stand sells artificial flowers made of clay.

The hand-made goods stands open from 10:00a.m. to 15:00p.m.





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    072-892-4500 交野市私部1-1-2 



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July 2nd event schedule has been published

Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016

A Hirakata-Katano collaborative event named “Hirakata Katano Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016” has published the detail of the event schedule on July 2nd. Morning events are held at Keihan Hirakatashi Station from 11a.m. In Keihan Kisaichi Station, various food & goods stands welcome your coming.

Event Schedule

(Venue) Keihan Hirakatashi Station Concourse 2nd floor

11a.m.~ Workshop by Setsunan University

12:40p.m.~ Opening Ceremony

event organiser’s speech, ribbon cutting ceremony, greeting by Hirakata’s & Katano’s local characters, and declaration for local goods sale booming

13p.m.~ Wrapped Train Starting Ceremony @ Platform 5 & 6 in Keihan Hirakatashi Station

The event participants get on a wrapped train heading to Keihan Kisaichi Station at 13.21p.m. The two cities’ local characters also accompany with the participants.

For further information about Hirakata Katano Amanogawa Tourism Opening Event 2016, contact us through Contact Form or Nigiwaikoryu Ka (Hirakata City Hall). 



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