Osaka — Osaka was selected as the host city for the UNESCO sponsored International Jazz Day event on April 30. The day features workshops from top international musicians and culminates in a star-studded live performance in Osaka Castle Park. Tickets for the finale are sadly no longer available, but as part of the celebrations, the day before on Apr 29, a 1km stretch of Midosuji, from Shinsaibashi to Namba, will be transformed into the Midosuji Jazz Street. Expect live music, workshops, food and drink stalls, parades, and special Jazz boats along the Dotonbori that you can board to cruise along Osaka’s waterways. They will even be putting turf down in front of the main stage to add to the ambience. Grab a hamper and make a day of it.
International Jazz Day, Apr 30. jazzday.com Midosuji Jazz Street, Apr 29 (public holiday) from 1pm–5pm