Hoshida Myokengu Shrine 1200th Anniversary Celebration

(resized) Poster of Hoshida Myoken 1200th anniv.

One of historical shrines in Katano, Hoshida Myokengu Shrine, hosts the 1200th anniversary events on July 23rd & 24th. The shrine is said to be built in 816 by the suggestion of Master Kukai.

One of the anniversary events is a celebration ceremony called “Hoshukusai”. In the celebration ceremony, Shinto priests and maidens wearing formal Shinto vestments congratulate the 1200th anniversary along with official manners of Shito ritual. Normally, this ritual is done in major shrines such as Ise Shrine and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Therefore, it would be a rare chance for you to see such a magnificent Shinto ceremony in Katano.

Furthermore, on July 24th, a Bon dance event is held at the shrine. Bon dance is one of Japanese traditional dances to commemorate and express our gratitude to our ancestors. If interesting, you can try Bon dance with local residents. The event organisers would like to invite a lot of foreign participants to the Bon dance event. So, this is a good opportunity for you to feel Japanese culture and tradition directly.

Other events such as Myokengu guide tour and local food stalls are also held at the shrine. In Hoshida Hall, photos and materials relating to the history of Hoshida Myokengu Shrine are displayed. This is also a rare chance to learn how Hoshida’s people have built and sustained their community with Hoshida Myokengu Shrine.

For further information about Hoshida Myokengu 1200th Anniversary Celebration, send your message through hoshi_machi◎katano-kanko.com (please change to @) or Contact Form in “I Love Katano“.

Access to Hoshida Myokengu Shrine

By Bus

Get on Keihan Bus No. 17 from JR Hoshida Station and Keihan Katanoshi Station.

Get off at Myokenzaka 7 Chome.

Walk along a Bus route until you can see a Shrine gate on the left.


Katano Tourism Promoter Programme-1st Season- has started today.

Today's Induction

Today’s Induction

Katano Tourist Association has started a new programme for increasing Katano’s tourism promoters on May 22nd 2016.

The programme provides six participants with various empirical and practical lectures to become a professional tourism promoter for Katano. In the programme, furthermore, specialists relating to tourism, agriculture, and business will assist the participants’ activities as tutor.

Five participants attended Today’s induction and talked about what they want to do as Katano’s tourism promoter. They took part in the programme with a high motivation.

Through this programme, they will learn how to organise a tourism event and how to communicate with other parties such as business organisations and Katano City Council.

The programme ends in April 2017.








SATOYAMA Trail Running Challenge Cup in Katano 2016

trail running event poster 2016 (resized)A big trail running event is held in Katano on July 30th. SATOYAMA Trail Running Challenge Cup committee (chair Mr. Takashi Fukushima) hosts the 2nd Katano SATOYAMA Trail Running Challenge Cup 2016 in Hoshida Prefectural Park. This event is associated with Katano City Council, Katano Sports Association, Katano Tourist Association, and Katano Amanogawa Tanabata Festival Board.

Trail running is one of major sports in many European countries. Participants run through forest and mountain paths. In recent years, the boom of trail marathon is coming to Japan and the number of trail runners is increasing year by year.

A trail running sports shop in Kisaichi, Sotoaso, co-hosts this event. The shop’s owner, Mr. Mitsunori Kikugawa, says “I hope SATOYAMA Trail Running Challenge Cup grows as a delightful event for the participants to feel Katano’s brilliant forests and hills”.

The entry deadline is June 30th.

For further information about this event, ask Sotoaso (URL: http://sotoaso.jp/)  .



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For Ecological Friendly City – Katano Ecology Festa 2016

Photo of Antarctica (UNEP)

Photo of Antarctica (UNEP)

The World Meteorological Organisation’s information note in 2013 says that the global average temperatures fluctuated by 4 to 7℃ over the past one million years(1). It seems not to be a serious temperature change for us. However, it causes environmental crises such as the decline of Arctic sea ice and the rise of a sea level.

These vicious impacts gradually demolish our daily lives. For example, people in Tuvalu are facing an environmental crisis by which they may lose their country in near future. The average height of Tuvalu is said to be less than 2 metres above sea level. If the sea level rises more than 2 metres due to global warming, some of islands of Tuvalu may sink into water. Therefore, the Tuvalu government strongly requests other countries to take any actions for fighting against climate change.

Tuvalu (www.panoramadirecto.com)

Tuvalu (www.panoramadirecto.com)

When the 58th Session of the United Nations General Assembly was held in the UN headquarters on September 24th 2003, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Saufatu Sopoanga, claimed as follows; “We live in constant fear of the adverse impacts of climate change. For a coral atoll nation, sea level rise and more severe weather events loom as a growing threat to our entire population. The threat is real and serious, and is of no difference to a slow and insidious form of terrorism against us” (2).

Global warming is a serious issue not only for Tuvalu but also for other countries. For instance, huge typhoons and hurricanes frequently hit Asian countries such as the Philippines. Japan also suffers from crazy weather in recent years. In 2014, a heavy rain destroyed part of the banks along Yuragawa River and many areas in Fukuchiyama City were hit by a flooding. Furthermore, in Hiroshima, a landslide caused by the heavy rain killed 74 victims. These natural disasters may be deeply relating to global warming.

We cannot stop environmental disruptions including global warming today. However, taking an action must be important in order to hand our beautiful earth to the next generations. You may ask me “So, what can we do?” I would say “Let’s find out the answer in Katano Ecology Festa 2016”.


Katano Ecology Festa 2016 was held at Hoshi no Sato Iwafune on March 13th. About 3000 people came and enjoyed eco-friendly food stalls, poster sessions, and amusement booths. The food stalls did not serve wooden chopsticks called “Waribashi” with food. Instead, we had to buy them at a chopsticks stand. Of course, the reason is to reduce a volume of wastes in the festival.


In addition to the food stalls, a variety of organisations opened amusement booths to explain their daily activities for ecology and Katano. CIMG8390-2(resized)In the Katano Tourist Association’s booth, for example, children tried to make toys using wooden chopsticks and rubber bands. Katano Bin Collection Agency (KBCA) introduced where and how our rubbish is recycled. As mentioned in my website (I Love Katano), KBCA repairs and sends abandoned bicycles to those needed. In 2012, 80 repaired bicycles were donated to a high school in Sri Lanka. KBCA’s activities tell us that recycling in Katano is beneficial beyond borders.


A story telling event was also held at the planetarium hall. In the event, a story teller read picture books and some films dealing with environmental issues were played using a planetarium screen. The event fully entertained the audiences. A former Katano City Assembly member, Mr. Akira Sakamoto, said “Although the planetarium machine itself does not work, we would like to use this hall through various events such as music and Rakugo performances”.



Poster Exhibition by EarthKAM

Finally, I would like to talk about a bit academic exhibition in the festival. Kansai Soka High School held a poster exhibition to rethink of our earth. The high school students organise a study group named “EarthKAM” and research cause and effect of environmental disruption. In the exhibition, the students explained to me what they had studied about an environmental issue so far. They said “what we learnt through our researches was that many-layered factors were increasing global environmental risks”.

As the students point out, the causes of environmental disruption are very complicate. Anti-ecological objects are produced not only from our daily lives but also from wars and large-scale accidents such as nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl and oil-polluted sea in the Gulf War. In addition, sociopathological factors (e.g. political corruption) also have direct and indirect impacts on our environment. Therefore, the environmental issues should be analysed and addressed using interdisciplinary methodologies.

Poster Exhibition by KBCA

Poster Exhibition by KBCA

It seems to me that Katano Ecology Festa was able to suggest some key agendas to deal with what to do for our earth through various recreations and exhibitions relating to environmental issues. The local events such as Katano Ecology Festa have an important role to enlighten the public on urgent problems we are confronting. As mentioned above, it is impossible to sort them out today. But, we have to learn how we can mitigate current environmental damages. Katano Ecology Festa gives us a clue to understand that anti-ecological objects we produce are badly influencing our earth.

We would like to express our gratitude to the staff members of Katano Bin Collection Agency who are collecting lots of our rubbishes through a whole year. We cannot sustain our comfortable lives without them. Katano Ecology Festa is the best chance for us to know not only urgent environmental issues but also their tough jobs underpinning our daily lives in Katano.




(1) World Meteorological Organisation (2013)

“A summary of current climate change findings and figures” http://www.unep.org/climatechange/Publications/Publication/tabid/429/language/en-US/Default.aspx?ID=6306 [retrieved on April 10th 2016].

(2) Tuvaluisland.com “Tuvalu and Global Warming” http://www.tuvaluislands.com/warming.htm [retrieved on April 10th 2016]

Thank you for reading my short essay.

My two websites also provide you with helpful information about Katano City and Hirakata City.

I Love Katano http://www.lovekatano.com

Hirakata Now http://www.hirakatanow.com

Author: Dr. K.S.

2016年5月9日 | カテゴリー : English essay | 投稿者 : Dr.K.S.


Orihime Festival 2016


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The 7th Orihime Festival on May 29th 2016

Orihime Festival 2016

The 7th Orihime Festival will be held at Hoshi no Sato Iwafune on May 29th. Orihime Festival is well-known as a big cultural event which embraces Katano by Hawaiian music and dance. Professional musical bands and well-trained amateur hula dance groups show their performances on a stage. It must be coloured by Hawaiian sky blue.

In addition, a variety of food and goods stalls welcome your coming. You will be able to satisfy your heart and stomach in this festival. Booths for kids will be open.

Orihime Festival will give you something special through high quality Hawaiian music and hula dance.

The 7th Orihime Festival

Date: May 29th 2016 (10a.m. to 16p.m.)

Venue: Hoshi no Sato Iwafune (It’s a 5-minute walk from Keihan Kisaichi Sation.)