2016年05月02日

'Tsuyuno Tenjinsha' shrine in Sonezaki, Osaka City, is also known as 'Ohatsu Tenjin', since a lovers' suicide featuring a harlot named 'Ohatsu' was committed here in 1703.

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Having to do with a double suicide committed here, a well-known playwright 'Chikamatsu Monzaemon' published 'Sonezaki Shinju', lovers' suicide in Sonezaki, in 1703 soon after this case. Ohatsu Tenjin, standing in the midst of the hustle and bustle area of 'Kita' in Osaka, is not a large shrine though, this used to be much larger and was surrounded by gloomy woods. After the Second World War, this shrine sold its grounds a little at a time to raise money for the restoration of the damaged main building by the air strike during the war. The marks of the strafing from the US fighters can be found at the lower part of the two stone posts on both sides of the picture, in the center of which is the restored main building.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:05 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年08月15日

'Tsutenkaku' observation tower, standing in 'Shinsekai' area, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City, is known as a leading tourist spot in Osaka.

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The first Tsutenkaku Tower was built in 1912, at the site where a large-scale exhibition was held in 1903. This original tower was dismantled during the Second World War, and was rebuilt in 1956 by the design of Naito Tachu who also drew up Tokyo Tower. Shinsekai area used to be one of the busiest districts in Osaka, dotted with many movie theaters, playhouses and restaurants, before the Second World War, however it gradually came to its twilight after the war.
In recent years, this area seems to have retrieved its former position thanks to non-Japanese tourists mainly from Asian countries, because it still retains something of old Osaka and many films as well as TV programs were made at this location.
A Billiken exhibited on the observatory is appealing as a bringer of good luck.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:56 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2015年05月20日

'Tekijuku' private school in Osaka, founded by 'Ogata Koan', had produced a great many talented individuals who dedicated themselves to the modernization of Japan in the 19th century.

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Ogata Koan, who was well-known as a medical doctor and a person who studied Western sciences by mean of the Dutch language, founded a private school in the heart of Osaka in 1838. Many young talented people throughout Japan started to enter this school one after another several years after the time when it was relocated to the present site, and the total number of the pupils reached some 636. The great names in those days, such as 'Omura Masujiro' who established Japan's modern army and 'Fukuzawa Yukichi' the founder of 'Keio University', were graduates of this school. It is too many to count all of them. The principal of this school was inherited to the adopted son of Ogata Koan to be continued until 1868, after the founder left this school for Tokyo in 1861.
However Ogata family kept going on with a medical school originated in Tekijuku.
The medical department of Osaka University stems from this old medical school run by Ogata family.

Licensed touur guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 08:13 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする