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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One of the largest tombs in the world,Emperor Nintoku’s tomb.

It was built in the middle of the 5thcentury.


In Sakai City Museum, across from the tomb,you can see a short movie about Emperor Nintoku’s tomb with English subtitles.


There is also Disen Park across from thetomb.

Ancient mausoleums are only Emperor Nintoku’s,but there are also small tombs in the park, which makes the park calm.


Ume, plum blossoms are blooming.

A few minute walk from Mikunigaoka Stations of JR Hanwa Line or Nankai Koya Line.
About 15 minute walk from Goryo-mae Station of Hankai Tramway.

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The old tea company, Tsuboichi bought an old Japanese house which was built over 400 years ago, and renovated it into a nice tea room that everybody loves.


It employs the tea ceremony guru, Sen no Rikyu’s idea,” Shichu no Sankyo”, which means even in the town, feel like in the mountain or in the nature.


Matcha is good!

Japanese sweets is also good!




1-1-2 Kuken-cho, Sakai City, Osaka
Next to Shimmei-cho Station of Hankai Tramway

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Risho no mori in Sakai City is a museum which mainly exhibits things of and about Sen no Rikyu and Yosano Akiko, which opened about a year ago.


Sen no Rikyu is the great master of tea ceremony who lived in the 16th century and Yosano Akiko was a writer who were born in the late 19th century.

Both were born and grew up in Sakai City, Osaka.

Next to the exhibition room, there is a tea ceremony room.



They offer casual style tea ceremony called “Ryurei Teicha”


There are three main schools of tea ceremony in Japan: Omote-senke, Ura-senke, and Mushanokoji-senke.

At Risho no Mori, these three schools cooperate, and the teachers of each school take turn to demonstrate the ceremony.

On the day when I went, the school was Omote-senke.


This is a demonstration video which was taken at Risho no Mori.
The teacher is from Ura-senke.
The tea ceremony master demonstrates and explains, and the guest learns how to do it. It’s in Japanese but you may know what it’s like.
But don’t worry. Believe it or not, many of the Japanese don’t know how to do it.

As a matter of a fact, I have experienced attending the tea ceremony but I haven’t learn how to do it. Maybe it’s high time I started learning…..

The admission for the tea ceremony is 500 yen which includes matcha tea and Japanese sweets.
The admission for the museum is 300 yen.

You can go both or you can choose one of them.

2-1-1 Shikuin-cho Nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

Two minutes from Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.
It's next to Rikyu's Birth place.


by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-22 00:16 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Tea Ceremony, in Japanese, Sado, is known as a very important part of traditional Japanese culture.

Sen no Rikyu, the tea ceremony guru, was born in Sakai, Osaka in 1522.

In those days, tea ceremony was for male, not for female.
Not only as a leader of tea ceremony, he had even political influence to the authority at the time.

He established “Wabi-cha”, and cherished the feeling of “Wabi Sabi”.
He appreciated the serenity in simple and plain surroundings.


His house where he was born was a huge place, but now just a small part of the garden is remained. It is amazing that his trace still exists.


It’s near Shukuin Station of Hankai Tramway.

1-17-1 Shukuin-Nishi Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka

by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-08 22:11 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Sakai City has been well-known for its craftsmanship.
The picture below is one of the craftsmen's factory.

Making knives has been one of its crafts for over 400 years.
Until the end of Edo era which finished in 1868, when samurais existed, they made swards as well.

Most of the chefs in Japan use the knives from Sakai.
I saw Martha Stewart using the one from Sakai in her TV shows.

There is a small museum called “Sakai Hamono Museum”.




Hamono means edged tools.



There is a souvenir shop on the first floor, and small rooms of exhibition on the first and second floors.

There are some English flyers.




You can see the real craftsmen perform sharpening knives on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m to noon, and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., on Friday, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

You can buy knives and some other souvenirs from Sakai here.


Sakai Hamono Museum opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission Free
It’s between Myokoku-ji Station and Hanataguchi Station of Hankai Tramways.

by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 13:09 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

Old Houses in Kishu Road

Kishu Road is one of the old road, which runs from Wakayama to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine in Osaka.

During the New Year Holidays, I wandered around Kishu Road area in northern Sakai City, where Hankai Tramway is running.

Here are some pictures of old houses.
There is a long history in Sakai City.




This is about 400 years old house, and now it's a tea room owned by Japanese Tea compoany "Tsuboichi".



This looks like an old house, but it's actually the Museum of "Hamono"

Hamono means bladed objects like knives and swards.
In Edo era, Sakai produced a lot of traditional crafts and still now, they have produced knives.

Professional chefs like to use ones from Sakai.

I saw Martha Stewart using one when I watched her show on TV.

This museum opens every day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
It's between Myokokuji-mae Station and Hanataguchi Station of Hankai Tramway.


Western Style "Retro Building" near the Yamato River.

I think Sakai City is a visitor friendly place.

by berry-raspberry | 2015-01-05 13:48 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Three years ago, I introduced about the azaleas in the water purification plant of Sakai Municipal Government (Asakayama Johsuijo) at the shore of the Yamato River.

This year too, I went there.

They've got a new esplanade!

I felt this year's azaleas were more gorgeous than ever!

It is open until May 6 this year.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-05-06 01:28 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Last weekend, there was an event in Sakai City, which showed the valuable stuff the temples and shrines possess twice a year.

I have been to this event before. Each time, the things they show is different.

This time, Honju-ji Temple was open. Not inside of the building, but they showed “Oribe-Doro”, which means Oribe’s garden lantern.

Furuta Oribe is one of the masters of tea ceremony, whose teacher was Sen no Rikyu, and he lived from 1544 to 1615.

I introduced the lantern of Crypt-Christians in Nanshu-ji Temple in Sakai City, and that lantern was also Oribe-Doro.

These couple of years, my theme of this blog is becoming like “Japanese and Christianity”. I am the one who assumes that Christianity was brought to Japan 1300 or 1400 years ago, and the reason that there were so many Catholic Christians in Azuchi Momoyama Era, just before Edo Period was Japanese have had Christian basis.

Anyway, Christianity was banned in Edo Period, and this Oribe’s Lantern was created to worship Jesus, (see the bottom of the lantern)

or Jesus and Mary which are often seen in Catholic Churches.(See Oribe‘s Lantern in Nanshu-ji Temple)

Oribe’s Lanterns were usually placed near tea rooms for tea ceremony.

(There are shapes of the sun and the moon, which is said, a sign of Christianiy.)

Some people say, there were probablysome people who did tea ceremony as an actually Christian ritual, Holy Communion.

I think Japanese history is mysterious and interesting if you see off mainstream.
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A good friend of mine and I walked around the Nintoku Mausoleum, the largest graveyard in the world.

Believe it or not, this is the Statue of Emperor Nintoku, it is said he was the 16th Emperor, and lived from 257AD to 399AD. Of course, nobody has ever seen him.

Monday is the day when museums, tea rooms in surrounding area are all closed. It is a good day for the people who hate the crowds. If you want to know more about the history and the culture, try other days.


Persimmons in front of the house beside Emperor Nintoku's Mausoleum.

I felt the breeze from the ancient days.

by berry-raspberry | 2011-10-18 00:01 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

Myokokuji Temple in Sakai City


Myokokuji Temple was established in 1562. Since it was attacked and burnt down in 1945 at the late stage of World War II, the buildings of this temple is new.


This temple is famous for the cycad. Here is a legend of the cycad. They have existed since 16th century. Once they were taken to Azuchi in Shiga Prefecture with Nobunaga Oda, but the cycad cried, even bled, and said it wanted to go home. Consequently, it was safely brought back to Myokokuji Temple!


There are many cycads now.

Myokokuji is also known as Seppuku Temple. Seppuku means “hara-kiri”, and this term is better known. At the very end of Edo period, 7 months before Meiji Restoration in 1868, samurai warriors from Tosa, the old term of Kochi Prefecture, were guarding Sakai City at that time. There was a dispute with French sailors and those sailors were killed by Tosa samurai warriors. 29 samurais were sentenced to death and eleven of them were killed by hara-kiri at Myokokuji Temple to take responsibility.

This incident is called Sakai Jiken, in English, Sakai Incident.

There is a monument.

Here are the names of 11 samurais.

There are graveyards of these worriers inside of this kindergarten across from Myokokuji.


Open everyday except the end and the beginning of the year.
Admission: 400 yen.

A few minute walk from Myokokuji-mae Station of Hankai Line.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-11-09 20:54 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)