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by Hideo

TENJIN MATSURI FESTIVAL

INTRODUCTION

Tenjin Matsuri Festival began in the year 954, two years after Osaka Tenmangu Shrine was built.
It is one of the three major festivals in Japan, held at the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine in Osaka on July 24th, 25th and attracts more than one million visitors every year.

DOTOMBORI  DONDOKO  BOAT

On the night of July 24th  "Dondoko boat" was coming and going Dotombori river.  The name "Dondoko" derives from the sound beating a drum.  Dondoko boat plays an important role in indicating the beginning of Tenjin matsuri festival.

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

 

LAND  PROCESSION

Tenjin festival is divided into 2 parts on July 25.
  One is Land procession. Around 3,000 people parade to the sound of drumbeats.  The most crowded viewing spot is the grounds and immediate surroundings of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine.  Other place of interest is the north side of Tenjinbashi Bridge, where you can see the end of Land procession.

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BOAT  PROCESSION

The other is Boat procession, the highlight of the Ten-jin Festival.  An entire procession including a portable shrine gets into about one hundred boats and shinto ritual is conducted on the water lit by bonfires to a musical accompaniment.  Boats decorated with lanterns sail up and down the Okawa River.  The festival reaches its climax when three thousand fireworks are set off in the night sky.

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Tenjin festival has also come to be known as the "festival of fire and water."

If you are interested in Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, or Okawa River, please refer to  Enjoy OSAKA AQUA METROPOLIS and MODERN ARCHITECTURES.

 

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28 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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