Hi! I'm Miyuki, a Japanese woman from Osaka, Japan. This blog is mainly about the introduction of places, events, and various stuff in southern part of Osaka City, Osaka, Kansai, and Japan

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Ikune Shrine

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There is another small shrine near Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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Like other small shrines in Osaka, it is unknown when this shrine was established.
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It could be as old as Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.

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The current main building was built around 1600, which was dedicated by Yodo-gimi, one of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s wives.

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The hole of the stone is said that it faces to the direction of Ise Grand Shrine.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-25 19:44 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
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There are cats in Sumiyoshi Shrine around Misogi no Taki. They look as if they guarded the cascade.
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Surprisingly, these cats pose for pictures! They know how to be photogenic.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-22 20:23 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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There is a “hidden place” in Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. It means it’s so unknown that few people know about this place.
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Actually, even I hadn’t known this place until recently.

The place is “Misogi no Taki”, which means the waterfall for purification.

Misogi means purifying and cleansing with water and removing evil spirit and sin.

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As you approach the place, we could feel the sacred atmosphere even though I don’t have any supernatural ability.

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There is a small shrine beside the place.


This is the place, surrounded by numbers of rocks.
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Let’s step down.
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There was no water today.
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But the atmosphere is beyond description.

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-21 21:56 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)

Shihatsu-michi, Sumiyoshi Road

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On June 17, last year, I introduced Sumiyoshi Road as an approach for pilgrimage to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
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(A liquor store which has vending machines)

I have found possible historical evidence. It has not perfectly proven yet, but it is very probable fact; the Road “Shihatsu-michi” existed in 5th century, and this Sumiyoshi Road is the starting area.
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(Sumiyoshi Community Center)

In 5th century, Suminoe-tsu, or Suminoe Port, which is now in front of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, was a very international port where people and immigrants coming from the continent arrived, and they used this road to the Imperial Court in Asuka in Nara Prefecture.
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(Shogon Jode Temple founded in 1084)

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(Kinoshita Family's House)

Shihatsu-michi went straight to Asuka, and it was like a highway. Nagai Koen-dori (Nagai Park Street) has remnant of those days.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-19 16:17 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
Plum Blossoms have started to bloom in Osaka City.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-17 17:56 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)

Hankai Densha in the snow

It is snowing again.

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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-14 17:18 | Osaka | Comments(0)

Snow in Osaka

We don’t have much snow in Osaka. It snows but it isn’t usually accumulated. But it snowed and it was accumulated.

Voila!
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This has been very cold winter.

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This is rare scenery.
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Snowmen in Osaka
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-12 16:10 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

Today’s Lunch from Yaroku

I felt like I go to the soba restaurant too often, so I decided to eat famous Korokke (croquette) of Yaroku for lunch.


Yaroku is a restaurant that serves good Korokke, located near Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. It is famous but I had never tried yet.

They have a branch shop for takeout so I started from their lunch box, o-bento.
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Their specialty is Tamago Korokke (egg croquette). I was so hungry that I got 945yen lunch combo C (C Bento), which contains Tamago Korokke, pork cutlet, salad, and rice.

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Outside the Korokke is crunchy, and the inside is creamy.
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You can buy a piece of Tamago Korokke for 199 yen.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-10 20:18 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

One evening at Dotonbori Area

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Dotonbori is the name of the canal river.



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It is also the name of the street.



Most of the shops are various kinds of restaurants and Japanese style pubs.
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On the bridge, “Ebisu-bashi”, there are a lot of people crossing, every day.
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And it's famous for flashy advertizing equipments.
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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-08 17:53 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(0)
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Daikai Shrine (or Owatatsumi Shrine) is located just next to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine. It is said it already existed when Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine started.
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Toyotamahiko-no-mikoto and his daughter, Toyotamahime-no-mikoto are enshrined.
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According to Kojiki, the oldest chronicle in Japan. Toyotamahime and Yamasachihiko met at this well.
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There is a legend the power stone “Shiomitsutama” was put under the water by the deity of the ocean. It is said that it has a power to control tide to make high tide.


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by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-05 16:24 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)