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.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
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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posted by masahisa at 10:25 | 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06日

'Suiten-gu' Shinto shrine in Kakigara-cho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, has been widely believed as a god of pregnancy and safe delivery since the second half of the Edo Period.

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The head shrine of Suiten-gu is found in Kurume City in Fukuoka Prefecture. The feudal lord in Kurume Domain, Arima family, built the branch shrine of Kurume Suiten-gu in the ground of his main residence in Edo, present Tokyo, in 1818. As this branch stood in the residential site, ordinary people having nothing to do with Arima family couldn't enter the site to pray. Many people wanted to pay a visit to this shrine because the name of Suiten-gu was well known for pregnancy and a safe delivery. Arima family, meeting their demands, made a decision to open this shrine to the public just on the 5th day each month. Edo Suiten-gu shrine became considerably popular, so it was said that the profits from the offertory and the sales of good-luck charms largely helped the finances of the Kurume Domain. This shrine finally moved from the original site in Mita, Minato-ku to the present site in Chuo-ku, where the other Edo (Tokyo) residence of Arima family stood. In this connection, present head priest of this shrine is the 17th head representative of Arima family, the former 'daimyo' (feudal lord) family of the Kurume Domain.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 16:43 | Tokyo-shrines and temples | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする