During the 'matsuri' people often spend hours walking or standing as there are rituals in the religious ceremonies that can last hours, with children being the most sensitive to them. To try to make this as smooth as possible, in almost all the 'matsuris' there are stalls where they usually have to show off some skill, to get different prizes such as goldfish or rubber balls. Many of these games are very different to the ones we are used to in the West and it is great fun to see them.
The truth is that I was surprised to find a German Christmas market in the heart of Osaka. I don't know if they happen every year because I do not go through this area of the city (the Umeda Sky Building) very often at Christmas, as it is crowded and I prefer the quiet of Nara, Kyoto, or a walk or a nice dinner in Doutombori. This time it was by accident and I found them. Besides selling typical German beer and sausages and mulled wine, it had stalls selling various crafts and, occasionally, there were performances under the Christmas tree just below the Umeda Sky Building. It was quite interesting to do something different from what we are accustomed to in these parts.
This antique market is a kind of flea market which is held on Sundays in the Hohatsutenjin temple (in the centre of Osaka). We find antiques and curiosities of the most diverse nature, since many of the products are old things that people have in their homes.