A Happy New Year from Osaka

by Hideo

  A lot of Japanese people pay the first visit to shrines and temples to pray for the safety of their family, business success, and good health on the first three days of the year.

 

Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine

  The most visiting shrine in Osaka is Sumiyoshi Grand shrine.  One of the characteristics is that it consists of 4 buildings from First to Fourth Sanctuaries of the same shape and size, which are all designated as National Treasures.  In the shrine Sumiyoshi odori (dancing) is held.  This dancing was originated from farmers' dancing to get rid of rice insects for a good harvest.

Please refer to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine and the Largest Tumulus in Japan.

A Happy New Year from Osaka

A Happy New Year from Osaka

Shinsekai and Tennoji Zoo

  I went to Shinsekai by Hankai street car, the oldest street car in existence.  I gave Japanese people a  tour guide.  Actually I am a Japanese tour guide as well as an English tour guide.

  Tennoji Zoo is the 100 th anniversary today, so many people including children visit to enjoy the zoo.  You see Abeno Harukas on the right side, the tallest building in Japan.

Please refer to Temple Town in the South of Osaka.

Thank you.

A Happy New Year from Osaka

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01 Jan 2015


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Hello, I'm HIDEo YOSHIda. Please call me HIDEYOSHI, the same name as the famous shogun who built the Osaka Castle in 1585.

I was born in Kobe and worked in Osaka for nearly 40 years. I would like to introduce the Kansai region to you ,including Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, and Wakayama.

Kobe is one of the two largest ports in Japan, along with Yokohama. After the opening of the Port of Kobe in 1868, foreigners built their residences on the hillside of the Kitano-cho area, overlooking the ocean. Many of the foreign residences are now open to the public as museums, including the Weathercock House, with it's symbol weathercock on the triangle-shaped roof.
In Meriken Park, the red Port Tower (the city's landmark), creates a beautiful contrast against the white Kobe Marine Museum. The museum's design was inspired by the waves and sailing ships.

When you have a chance to visit Osaka, please join my tour. I'm sure you'll enjoy the interesting and historical, scenic spots. For example, Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. You can try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Billiken (a famous statue of the spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!!. Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !

These days "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" area in USJ, or Universal Studios Japan, is also attracting more and more people.

I'll be looking forward to seeing you !! read more


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