Nara Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Video)

by Hideo

The 60th Shikinen Zotai

Kasuga Taisha (Grand) Shrine was built in prayer for the protection of Heijokyo Palace and national prosperity.  In many large shrines, main shrine is rebuilt or repaired once every 20 years.  However in the case of Kasuga Taisha Shrine, the main shrine can not be rebuilt because it is designated as a national treasure.  Therefore  only thatched roof made of Japanese cypress is replaced.  It is called "shikinenzotai" and this event has been conducting in Kasuga Grand Shrine.  This is the 60th anniversary and is the most important ritual among 2,200 events.

Nara Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Video)

Nara Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Video)

Mt.Wakakusa

Mt,Wakakusa is located in the east edge of Nara Park.  It is about 342 meters high with an area of 33 hectares.  On the 4th saturday every January Yamayaki or mountain burning.  It is held to burn the dead grass off a hill and grow new sprouts.  Before the mountain-burning, fireworks celebration is held.  This traditional event heralds a harbinger of spring.

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Mt.Mikasa

Kasuga Taisha Shrine is situated on the elagantly dome-shaped Mt.Mikasa.  Legend holds that in 768 Takekamizuchi-no-mikoto, the first deity of the shrine, came to the summit of this mountain, riding on a white horse, from Kashima shrine in eastern Japan.  Now an auxiliary shrine at the top of the mountain, Hongu shrine marks the place.

Nara Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Video)

Nara Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Video)

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14 Jul 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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