OSAKA SUMMER FESTIVAL No.1

by Hideo

DOTOMBORI

Dotombori is the birthplace of the gourmet culture known as "kuidaore" or  "drinking and eating luxuriously to death", 

FUNATOGYO

 A total of 600 people got on 22 boats to cruise Dotombori river.  It is called "Funatogyo."
 888 lanterns lit up decorate both sides of Dotmbori river, which is called "Mantoro Festival."
The river is lined with food stalls and many people enjoy seeing people in the boats singing and dancinig, and eating and drinking to beat the heat.


I would like to show you pictures of Funatogyo and the signboard of colorful Glico, one of the landmarks in Dotombori.
I'm sure you can feel the cool night air.

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 KABUKI  SHOCHIKUZA

Furthermore the performance of Kabuki is held at Shochikuza in Dotombori street every July.

Kabuki is popularly known for colorful costumes, lavish stage settings, and brilliant stage devices as well as magnificent performing skills of the actors. 

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In fact Shochikuza was built in 1923 and modeled after the La Scala Theater in Milan in Italy. The main arch is said to mock the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. 

In 1600's there were nine kakuki theaters and the street was called "New York Broadway" but now only one theater Shochikuza has remained.

If you are interested in Dotombori, please refer to Osaka Tour of Osaka Castle, Shin-Sekai, and Dotombori.

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13 Jul 2014


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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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