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

by berry-raspberry

タグ:Kumano Road ( 13 ) タグの人気記事

Idakiso Shrine

e0046748_16305872.jpg

Idakiso Station is the one where Nitama works as a stationmaster.
e0046748_16312873.jpg

Idakiso is the name of the shrine.
e0046748_16313976.jpg

Acturally, I did not know anything about this shrine until I got there.
e0046748_16323091.jpg

It is an old shrine founded in early 8th century on Kumano road which starting from Osaka City.
e0046748_1633183.jpg

e0046748_16333991.jpg


There are Kofuns, ancient tombs.
There is one just next to the shrine.
e0046748_16341915.jpg

I climbed up to the top of one of them.
e0046748_16344460.jpg

e0046748_16364940.jpg

e0046748_1635154.jpg


Afterwards, I found a website that shows inside of the tumulus.
Wow! I should go back there sometime.
http://www.geocities.jp/kohun1192/wakayama1.html


[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2013-04-21 16:49 | Wakayama | Comments(0)
The reason I went to Wakayama was I wanted to see her......
e0046748_2255743.jpg

The Stationmaster, Tama.
Was I able to see her?

As for Tama, there is a good explanation in Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tama_(cat)

I took Kishigawa Line.
e0046748_22572764.jpg

There is even Tama Densha, which means Tama Train.
e0046748_22581117.jpg

But Ichigo Densha came, which means Strawberry Train.
e0046748_235854.jpg

The area around Kishi Station of Kishigawa Line has lots of strawberry fields.
e0046748_2258297.jpg

e0046748_22585960.jpg

I saw peach orchards along Kishigawa Line, so this area produces lots of fruits. Other parts of Wakayama prefecture is famous for tangerines, and plums. Wakayama is a place of lots which has lots of agriculture and surrounded by great nature.

I got to Kishi Station.
e0046748_2354263.jpg

Tawa was not there. She is now fourteen years old. She is old for a cat, and I knew that.

Inside of Kishi Station, I just saw pictures of Tama. Kishi Station is a small museum that exihibits Tama's pictures.
e0046748_2364714.jpg

Nitama works as a substitute of Tama.
e0046748_23123332.jpg

She was an abandoned cat, and she works at Idakiso Station, not Kishi Station.
e0046748_2372245.jpg

I felt so sad Nitama was in the case. I could not touch her. I was wondering if she was happy in the showcase-like cat house. I figured out in this way, she is protected. She seemed to be OK. She doesn’t work every day either.
e0046748_2384735.jpg

But I was happy to see Nitama, as a cat lover.

[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2013-04-14 23:24 | Wakayama | Comments(0)

Tezukayama Music Festival, 2011

e0046748_1783877.jpg

The rainy season has started. It usually starts in the middle of June, but it has already started at the end of May this year.

And the typhoon is coming. Normally, typhoon comes between September and November, but this year, in May.

There are lots of unusual things happening in Japan now.

In Osaka, things are going on as usual.
e0046748_17806.jpg

Tezukayama Music Festival is being held today and tomorrow.

Unfortunately, because of the early rainy season and the typhoon Songda, it is raining, but the music never stops, and the festival is going on.
e0046748_179521.jpg
e0046748_1791760.jpg
e0046748_179256.jpg
e0046748_1793423.jpg

There's even a nail salon.


e0046748_1710718.jpg
e0046748_17101945.jpg

Lots of food stands not only from Osaka and Japan, but from all over the world.


e0046748_17113281.jpg

There ladies were waiting....


for the stage!
e0046748_17123777.jpg



[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2011-05-28 17:16 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | 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!
e0046748_1633952.jpg


This has been very cold winter.

e0046748_16401.jpg


This is rare scenery.
e0046748_1641930.jpg
e0046748_1643183.jpg
e0046748_1644176.jpg


Snowmen in Osaka
e0046748_165054.jpg
e0046748_1651010.jpg
e0046748_1651781.jpg

[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2011-02-12 16:10 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
In the southernmost area of Kumano Road in Osaka City, there is a town called Oriono.

According to Wikipedia, this town already existed in 6th century.

Since ancient time, rapeseed oil had been produced up until Meiji Era.

The oil had been dedicated to the Imperial Court until the time Kyoto started to produce.

Even so, I hear the oil was dedicated to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, and it was sold quite well to the public and the town had been prosperous.

Oriono has a long history.

There is a temple, Gokuraku Temple on Kumano Road.
e0046748_173399.jpg


Inside, there is a statue of “Bishamonten”, in Sanskrit, it’s Vaiśravaṇa.
It is said Prince Shotoku (574-622) made it.
e0046748_174152.jpg


There is a big camphor tree that Kusunoki Masashige (1294-1336) planted.
e0046748_1743168.jpg

e0046748_1745167.jpg

The Statue standing just outside of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo is him, Kusunoki Masashige.

When Japan was governed by Northern and Southern Courts, he fought for Emperor Godaigo of Southern Court.

Around Gokuraku Temple, on and off Kumano Road, you can find houses with storehouses and good old atmosphere, and this town was prosperous.
e0046748_1772686.jpg
e0046748_1774046.jpg
e0046748_1775748.jpg
e0046748_178539.jpg
e0046748_1783465.jpg
e0046748_1784166.jpg



[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-11 17:18 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
Karahori is located in central part of Osaka. Since this area was not damaged by American Air Force during World War II so much unlike other areas in Osaka, there are many old houses are remained. The old atmosphere and new sense are merged together, and it makes this town a popular spot.

Last month, I went to a Japanese restaurant “En” with a group of people. This restaurant is on Kumano Road.
e0046748_19152388.jpg


Fish sashimi as appetizer,
e0046748_19165982.jpg


Lunch Combo.
e0046748_19171944.jpg



Last week, I went to a casual French restaurant, “Karahori-Tei”
e0046748_19183098.jpg
e0046748_19184051.jpg
e0046748_19184922.jpg

e0046748_1919056.jpg


Both restaurants were very good and there are a lot more good places to eat!!!


[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2010-12-21 19:36 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(0)

Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji is a Buddhist temple, and it is said that Shotoku Taishi (Prince Shotoku, 574~622 A.D.) established this temple. This is the oldest temple in Japan, but unfortunately, many of the buildings of this sacred place were burned down because of several attacks including the attack during the World War II.

The buildings were reconstructed, however, and you can see the temple like the way it used to be… except for the surrounding high-rise buildings.

Shitennoji is a Buddhist temple, but there is torii. Torii is a gate seen at the entrance of Shito Shrine.
e0046748_16491095.jpg

e0046748_16493164.jpg
e0046748_164946100.jpg
e0046748_1649581.jpg


In front of the old temple building, there is Ishibutai, a stage made of stone. This is one of the most notable stages in Japan. The others are in Sumiyoshi Shrine in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, and Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture.
Dancing is dedicated on April 22nd here at Shitennoji Temple.
e0046748_16544797.jpg


Kamei-do: Turtle Fountain
e0046748_165544.jpg

e0046748_16581453.jpg



e0046748_16583559.jpg

e0046748_16585419.jpg
e0046748_1659835.jpg
e0046748_16592043.jpg



[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2010-10-07 17:06 | Osaka City-Tennnoji | Comments(0)

Thirteen Buddhas

e0046748_19405646.jpg

There is a temple, Hosenji, on Kumano Road, near Sumiyoshi Shrine. This temple started in 982 AD. There are thirteen different statues of Buddhas made of stone.

There are many Buddhas besides Shaka in Japan.

e0046748_19422213.jpg


Here, the main statue is Shaka, who is the Buddha, and started Buddhism. Twelve other statues are guardians.

e0046748_19425080.jpg

e0046748_19431362.jpg

e0046748_19433289.jpg


It reminds me of Jesus and twelve disciples.

These statues were carved in around 1570.

Hosenji is a few minute walk from Sumiyoshi-Higashi Station of Nankai Koya Line, and also a few minute walk from Kaminoki Station of Hankai Uemachi Line.


[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2010-07-20 19:50 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
Abeno Seimei (921~1005AD), an “onmyoji”, was an astronomer, and predictor for Kyoto Heian government.
e0046748_1839356.jpg


Abeno Seimei is a popular character in movie and drama industry in Japan because of his mysterious knowledge.

He is said to be born in Abeno-ku, Osaka.
e0046748_18393918.jpg

e0046748_1840458.jpg

(It says that this is the birth place of Abeno Seimei)


There is “Seimei Shrine” in Kyoto, which Abeno Seimei is also enshrined, where he was active.

His birth place is now Abeno Seimei Shrine near Abe Oji Shrine on Kumano Road.
e0046748_18403230.jpg


[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2010-07-03 18:47 | Osaka City -Abeno | Comments(0)

Abe Oji Jinja (Abe Oji Shrine)

e0046748_19135224.jpg

Yatagarasu has another plan.
e0046748_19143257.jpg


Although Japan lost on PK against Paragway, victory is prepared in a different way. In any way, it was the greatest match I’d ever watched.

e0046748_19153856.jpg

Abe Oji Shrine, or Abeno Oji Shrine, where Yatagarasu is enshrined, is on Kumano Road.
e0046748_19164855.jpg

e0046748_19171839.jpg


“Oji” used to be a rest area who pilgrimaged to Kumano Sanzan, Kumano’s main three shrines in Wakayama Prefecture. There used to be 99 Oji’s, but only one, only Abe Oji Shrine is remained in Osaka Prefecture. There are 15 or 16 remained in Wakayama Prefecture.
e0046748_19181717.jpg

(Kumano Road in Abeno Area)

Abe Oji Shrine is a few minute walk from Higashi Tengachaya Station of Hankai Uemachi Line.
e0046748_1919196.jpg


[PR]
by berry-raspberry | 2010-07-02 19:25 | Osaka City -Abeno | Comments(0)