2010年01月08日

"Mizukake-fudo" at "Hozenji-yokocho" in Osaka is thickly covered with green moss as a result that visitors sprinkle water over it day after day.

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"Hozenji-yokocho" located in a quiet corner of "Doton-bori" in Osaka has developed from street-stall quarter in the grounds of "Hozen-ji" temple built in the 17th century. Today, it features 80m-long stone-paved alleys flanked with decent restaurants and bars. It is widely known as a district for the connoisseurs in Japanese food culture because this place was introduced by the novel and the popular song. The green image of Buddha in the picture, standing in the center of "Hozenji-yokocho" is visited by religious people all the time. They believe that sprinkling water over the statue leads to realization of their hopes on business or love.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 13:40 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

Electric-driven signboard in the shape of crab at "Doton-bori" is what comes first when Japanese people think of Osaka.

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Since the Edo era, in the 17th century, the following saying has been well known among Japanese people; In Osaka, they spend all their money on food, while in Kyoto on clothes.
As a typical amusement area of Osaka, "Doton-bori" has expanded gradually from the theater district in the early 18th century to the restaurant area. Osaka's subcenter "Minami",including "Doton-bori",is always packed with many shoppers, gourmets and drinkers. An air of the area would reminds you of the other feverish Asian big cities. The large crab in the picture is a signboard of a restaurant serving various kinds of crab dishes.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:57 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2009年12月24日

"Osaka-jo" castle is a symbol of Osaka.

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Before Tokyo was settled as the de facto capital of Japan in the early 17th century, Osaka was the seat of government, although Kyoto had theoretically been a Japan's capital from 794 to 1869 as the Emperor continued to reside there. After "Onin-no-Ran" which was the Japan's worst civil war, broke out in the late 15th century, "Toyotomi Hideyoshi", the most powerful feudal lord of the day constructed this castle in Osaka in the late 16th century to reunify Japan. "Osaka-jo" in the picture was reconstructed by the donations from the citizens of Osaka in 1931, however the original stone wall higher than "Edo-jo" castle, today's imperial palace,indicates that this castle used to be an impregnable fortress in the days of the disturbance of war.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 17:05 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする