2017年06月23日

'Nanba', dotted with miscellaneous inexpensive shops and restaurants, is a part of 'Minami', which is one of the largest business and shopping areas in Osaka.

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Different from 'Kita' with many modern buildings, 'Minami' which is an old amusement area dating back to the 17-19th century still features traditional townscape of Osaka. 'Nanba' area, a part of 'Minami', is typical of Osaka as it is dotted with many inexpensive restaurants such as 'kushikatsu' fried skewered cutlets restaurants and 'doguyasuji' shopping street focused on kitchen utensils is also found here. In addition, 'Nanba Grand Kagetsu' theater as shown in the first picture, where the local comedians perform every day, symbolizes this area.
The second picture shows 'Kuromon Market' which is lined with 180 fish shops, vegetable stores and seafood restaurants with less expensive price.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年12月12日

EXPO'70 Commemorative Park in Suita City, upper Osaka, was built in the site where Japan World Exposition, EXPO'70, was held in 1970.

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The site of EXPO'70, which is up to 260 hectares, has been opened to the public as a big park after gradual repair works since 1972. The first picture shows 'Taiyo no to', The Tower of the Sun, designed by Taro Okamoto who was Japan's leading avant-garde artist. This tower used to be one of the pavilions as a symbolic monument of this exposition. This symbolic tower aside, extensive Japanese gardens also built for EXPO'70 are well maintained, which is designed to show the characteristics of Japanese garden of each era from ancient times up to now. EXPO'70 Commemorative Park has become one of the greatest general parks in Japan, with lodging facilities, various kinds of sports facilities and National Museum of Ethnology built in 1977 as shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年09月22日

'Sumiyoshi Taisha' Shinto shrine in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City, is the head shrine of 2,300 Sumiyoshi Jinja shrines in Japan.

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The history of Sumiyoshi Taisha is very rich. The reason is, it used to be a guardian god for the ancient 'Yamato' state for the sake of the successful diplomacy and safe voyage mainly for the envoy to China in the 7th-10th century.
The second picture shows 'Taiko-bashi' bridge also known as 'Sori-bashi' bridge leading to the main grounds of this shrine. This unique shape is likened to a rainbow, which is thought to connect this world with heaven. On the main grounds,, there stand four main shrines all designated as national treasures, as shown in the first picture. These main shrines are uniquely laid out like a fleet of vessels crossing the great ocean. The architectural style of these old buildings is called 'Sumiyoshi- zukuri', and is one of the oldest styles of Shinto shrines in Japan.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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