2019年08月19日

Japan's first brewery run by domestic capital was born in Kita-Shinchi, Osaka City.

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Beer brewing in Japan was started in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, by non-Japanese , mainly by Americans, in 1869 followed by in 1870 and 1885. On the other hand, the one by a Japanese capitalist was initiated under the technical guidance of an American engineer in Osaka in 1872. This Japanese capitalist was Mr. Shozaburo Shibutani, who was running a wholesale trade of cotton goods and 'sake' brewing company in Osaka. He named this beer 'Shibutani Beer' after his family name and sold to non-Japanese and advanced Japanese there. The picture shows a monument standing at the very place where the first factory stood in the heart of Osaka.

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Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 12:12 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年01月11日

'Osaka Kurashi-no-Konjakukan' (The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living) features a life-size model of the streets in old Osaka.

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This unique museum, being connected directly with major train stations, is focused on the daily life of Osaka urban residents. All the exhibits range from the first half of the 19th century to the 1960s. The selling point of this facility is the full-scale townscape model of the urban area of old Osaka in the 19th century. All the wooden buildings, needless to say, furniture, personal belongings and other small items exhibited here are carefully checked by specialists. The visitors can stroll around this virtual quarter to know how Osakans actually got along in the feudal years, when Osaka was Japan's largest commercial city. In this connection, the transition of the time, from the morning to the night, of this townscape model is changed by lighting effects every day.

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Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 08:55 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年01月08日

'Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai' in Kita-ku, Osaka City, is Japan's longest shopping arcade.

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The length of this shopping arcade is 2.6 kilometers from north to south, and about 300 shops as well as restaurants are running here. It takes an hour if you ramble along this long street. This shopping arcade originated in 1653 as a vegetable market 2.3 kilometers long, thereafter it enjoyed prosperity very much because it became the road leading to 'Osaka Tenmangu' shrine, which is known for 'Toka Ebisu', the festival held on January 10th honoring 'Ebisu', the god of wealth. This neighborhood used to since the nearby be Osaka's number one bustling place though, it has dwindled now since the nearby vegetable and fruit wholesale market moved in 1931. Various kinds of revitalizing plans are implemented by the locals recently, which is helpful to win back the former energy. Good old restaurants and shops are easily found on this long shopping arcade.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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