Osaka Canvas Project

TBC Oct 2017
Ebisu Bridge, Osaka

Osaka's streets are turned into works of art every October when the Osaka Canvas Project showcases its cultural exhibits.

  • When? TBC October 2017
  • Where? Ebisu Bridge, Osaka
  • Price: Free

If you're into the weird and wonderful world of Japanese festivals, this one's for you.

The Osaka Canvas Project promotes a range of Japanese artwork and there is always a focus on the interactive; one of the founding principles is that the public should be able to connect with the art rather than look, nod and walk away. This is good news if you're visiting Osaka at this time of year because you will encounter sculptures, performances, installations and more, such as the giant fire breathing Torayan from 2016 (a robot in a radiation suit that has survived a nuclear war). Not random enough for you? Keep reading.

Most works contain an interactive component, allowing a wide range of viewers to enjoy the works through multiple senses and not just stand, nod, and walk away. Which brings us to the giant sushi train that sails down the Dōtonbori Canal. You can see three-metre-long avocado, tuna and egg rolls, rolling down the adjacent Tombori Riverwalk. A good place to watch the action (and eat some takeaway sushi) is the Shinsaibashi’s Ebisu Bridge. The sushi is normally taken onto the water mid-morning from about 9.30 a.m. and no later than 11 a.m. 

If you really want to get into the theme of things, we think dressing up as a piece of sushi is an excellent idea. You never know, you might become a trend setter. Plus, with Halloween right around the corner, you can recycle this costume almost immediately. You'll just need to convince someone to be a bottle of soy sauce to complete the theme.

Those of you who know your Japanese history will not be surprised at this festival's choice to exhibit sushi. The city is commonly known as, 'The Nation's Kitchen' and the sushi conveyor belt was invented here in 1958 by a chef who had trouble staffing his restaurant. It's a real shame that you can't eat the sushi that rolls down the canals, we suppose we'll all have to settle for the artistic illusion of a city-restaurant for now.

You don't need us to tell you to eat sushi for lunch. As they say in Japan, "Dress up till you drop in Kyoto, eat till you drop in Osaka".

  • Get there: The closest station to the bridge is Namba or Osaka-Namba.
  • Stay: Osaka is well-connected to stay wherever fits with the rest of your itinerary. Namba sits on the Midosuji, Sen-Nichimae and Yotsubashi lines.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!