OSAKA TANABATA STAR FESTIVAL

by Hideo

SHITENNOJI & UMEDA SKY BUILDING

decorative banners

July 7th is the day when "Tanabata" or Star Festival is held in Japan.
  It is an event based on an old Chinese legend.  According to this legend, Altair (the  Cowherd Star) and Vega (the Weaver Star) were split apart by the two banks of the River of Heaven (the Milkey Way)  and come together once a year on this night.  
 According to the story, the two stars fell in love and were so much in love that they didn't do their work. As a result god got angry at them and made them live on the opposite sides of the Milkey Way. God allowed them to meet just once a year on July 7th. 

  On the night of the 6th,  people write their wishes or poems on strips of poetry paper of various colors and hang them on bamboo leaves.

In the precincts of Shitennoji Temple, on the both sides of leading from shrine gate to the Gokuraku gate, decorative banners are waving in the air.

 Please refer to Temple Town in the South of Osaka

OSAKA  TANABATA  STAR  FESTIVAL

 

On the way to Umeda Sky building  decorative banners are also blowing in the wind.

Please refer to The Tour of Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Station City and Grand Front Osaka

OSAKA  TANABATA  STAR  FESTIVAL

Bamboo leaves on very small boats

A person write one's wishes on a babmoo leaf and hold and float it on a very small boat with a candle into the water.

 OSAKA  TANABATA  STAR  FESTIVAL


07 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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