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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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.

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

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


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.

by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-11 17:18 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

Happy New Year from Osaka, Japan!


New Year is very important for Japanese. New Year is not just for New Year’s Day, but it lasts for 7 days. People usually go to shrine to worship and wish for happiness on the 1st, the 2nd, and the 3rd of January. These three days are called “Shogatsu San ga nichi”.

I visited Todorokihime Mikoto Shrine. It is a long name, so nobody calls this name. People call it “Wakamatsu Shrine”. Short, isn’t it?

I went there because I live in kind of “parish” of Wakamatsu Shrine.

Wash hands here.

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.

Until the beginning of Meiji Era, this shrine had been a part of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.

Susanoo no Mikoto and Kushinadahime are enshrined and both are in Japanese mythology and history books, “Kojiki” and “Nihon Shoki”. However, the origin of this shrine is unknown. It could be very very old, old as 2000 years. But it is unknown.

It is true many people are unconcerned about the history, but many people realize there is some kind of energy in the trees in this shrine. You see people touch the tree.

The secret tree is this. You may get energy from the earth if you touch it.

by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-01 23:55 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

Hankai Line is in the TV drama!

Speaking of the TV drama, “Tappan”, the heroine’s grandmother’s house is near Tezuyakayama 4-Chome Station of Hankai Uemachi Line in the setting. Now Hankai Line is seen nationwide!

by berry-raspberry | 2011-01-01 01:36 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

These are chrysanthemums displayed at Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.

Very big, aren’t they?

by berry-raspberry | 2010-11-22 22:20 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

An Alley Through a House


by berry-raspberry | 2010-10-02 15:57 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
SUMIYOSHI EXPOSITION, or Sumi Haku in short, is going to be held on October 9th , 10th and 11th.

Of course, it is not as big as Shanghai Expo, or it is not as big as real expositions, but this is the big event for many of local Sumiyoshi residence to explore and learn more about Sumiyoshi-ku. And also to enjoy. It is a place which has a long history, but unfortunately, there are many people who are ignorant about the fact.

There are mainly 4 places: Sumiyoshi Shrine, Sumiyoshi Park, Sumiyoshi Village Gallery (Sumiyoshi Fukushi Kaikan), and Mandai-ike (or some people say Bandai-ike) Park.

Here are the list of free events:
(The schedule is subject to weather conditions)

Nankun-sha in Sumiyoshi Shrine

October 9, Saturday
8:00 a.m. --- 3:00 p.m.
Hattatsu Art Marché ------- Art, products exhibition by various artists

In and around Sumiyoshi Village Gallery

October 9, Saturday
10:00 a.m. ~
Food stands and other stands appears

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Demonstration of Making umbrella of traditional Sumiyoshi Dancing

1:30 p.m. ~
Silk Road Concert (music of China , Mongol, etc)

3:00 p.m. ~
Performance of Tai ji quan dancing

6:00 p.m. ~
Old movie is played

October 10, Sunday
10:00 a.m. ~
Food stands and other stands appears

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PAY Tea Ceremony

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Harmonica and Storytelling by Mr. Ken Mori

Sumiyoshi Park

October 10, Sunday
10:00 a.m. to noon
Kid’s festival, needs reservation

1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1800 years Concert by local Sumiyoshi Odori dancers, a traditional Japanese dancer, Jazz Band, local school brass bands, folk song clubs, and other music bands

Mandai-ike Park

October 11, Monday
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Art and craft booths appears.

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Autumn Concert : Acoustic music is played

11:00 p.m. to noon
Live Painting Performance for kids (needs reservation)

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-18 20:37 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

Thirteen Buddhas


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.


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




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.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-07-20 19:50 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
If you get out the east gate of Sumiyoshi Shrine, there is Sumiyoshi Road, the road that the people from eastern part of Kansai, used to walk to worship Sumiyoshi Shrine.

If you walk a couple of minutes, there is a point where Sumiyoshi Road and Kumano Road are crossing.

There is a bread shop on the corner, and you can eat ice cream cone during the summer time.

Across from it ,there is an old miso shop called Ikedaya. People say the building was built more than 400 years ago.

If you walk a minute more along Sumiyoshi Road, there is Sumiyoshi Fukushi Kaikan, one of the historical building, and now it is a community center.

Next to the community center, there is an old liquor store, another historical building.

What are those vending machines for? Yes, in Japan, you can buy beer and sake by vending machines.
by berry-raspberry | 2010-06-12 17:48 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)

Hydrangeas are blooming

The City of Osaka is very dense and many houses don’t have big yards or gardens. Even in the small space, many people like to have plants and flowers in front of their houses.

Now hydrangeas, in Japanese, “Ajisai” have started to bloom at many houses’ “petit jardin”. Unlike cherry blossoms, the flowers of hydrangeas stay long.

When hydrangeas start to bloom, the rainy season is going to start. From the middle of June to the middle of June, we have rainy season.

When the soil is acid, the color of the flower become blue.

When it’s alkaline, the flowers become pink.

Maybe the soil is neutral, because the flowers are white.

Pale pink and pale blue are mixed, but how???

by berry-raspberry | 2010-06-05 15:21 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
Not only music, you can also enjoy various kinds of booths.

For example, if you want to eat something, you can choose from one of them, or from a lot more.



Yeah!!! Osaka’s specialty, and every Osakan’s favorite, TAKOYAKI!!!
“Tako” means octopus, and “yaki” means grill or fry.

He is a craftsman of art candy.


Here’s a booth of traditional Japanese shoes.

An artist’s booth.

And more and more...

by berry-raspberry | 2010-06-01 15:47 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)