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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There was Tezukayama Music Festival on May 29 and 30. I went see in my lunch break on Saturday, May 29. On both days, the weather was excellent.

There were three stages at Mandaiike Park.

At the entrance stage, the band of three girls “Stafy” was performing. They were good!

At the main stage, beautiful Chinese exercise style dancing was being performed.

At the unplugged stage, Andes music was performed by Yamato & Amigos. They brought peaceful Andes atmosphere.

And….. behind the crowd, There was International students’ caligraphy performance...


There were a lot more good performances. If you had two entire days to spare, you would have not been bored at all.

To be continued.
by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-31 17:47 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)


When Rikyu lived, in Japan, Catholic missionaries like, Fransisco Xavier, and Luis Frois from the Society of Jesus stayed in Japan, and were preaching. There must have been a lot of believers in those days.

In 1612, Christianity got banned by Tokugawa Shogunate and it lasted until 1873. There were severe punishments if they were found that they were Christians, so those people concealed as crypto-Christians and disguised as Buddhists.

Beside the tea room, over the bush, there are tombs and lanterns.


Some people say this carving is Mary and Baby Jesus because there are no Buddhist statues with a baby. However, Nanshuji denies it.



Looks like a cross is carved.


"Narrow Gate"

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-29 17:12 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
There is Tokugawa Ieyasu’s “legendary” tomb in Nanshuji. Tokugawa Tokugawa Ieyasu is the first Shogun of Edo Shogunate. He had been Shogun from 1603 to 1605.

The reason I stated “legendary” is that he died and was buried in Sunpu, now it is Shizuoka City, and later, his tomb was moved to Toshogu in Nikko, according to mainstream historical record.

Actually, there are several tombs that the local people at each place say the one in their place is Tokugawa Ieyasu’s tomb.

Interestingly enough, there was Toshogu, the same name as Nikko Toshogu, inside of Nashuji Temple precinct, was burnt down by World War II. There is Tomon, which means a Chinese style gate, that has the wild ginger trefoil coat of arms of the Tokugawa clan.


Tokugawa family’s crest, the wild ginger trefoil coat of arms of the Takugawa clan.


It is true that Osaka Summer war broke out in 1614, and Ieyasu fought in Osaka. He probably hid in Nanshuji at some point of the war.

According to the legendary anecdote, Ieyasu was killed in Osaka and was buried in Nanshuji during the Osaka Summer War. The one who died in Sumpu in 1616 was his doubl, generally called “Kagemusha” in Japanese.

Ieyasu’s memorial stone built at the same place where Toshogu used to be, which says "Toshogu, Tokugawa Ieyasu's tomb"

Ieyasu’s “real” tomb where he was buried

Anyway, it is certain that this temple has strong bond with Takugawa clan, but it is not sure whether the tomb in Nanshuji is Ieyasu’s or not.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-28 19:55 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Nanshuji has a beautiful zen rock garden. Tea and sweat was served only during the special exhibition time.




What a luxurious moment!

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-26 20:55 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

Zen temple, Nanshuji

During the special exhibition of Sen no Rikyu, I was able to visit Nanshuji. The weather these days is very strange, and it rained a lot just before I visited. The month of May is supposed to have a lot of clear and fine days, but it was raining until the time I visited. Luckily, it stopped raining when I get there!

Despite the damage of World War II in Osaka, some buildings in Nashuji remain. Serine and old atmosphere is still here. No more war, please!




Here is the copy of official English explanation of Nanshuji on the signboard:

"Nanshuji is a Zen temple of the Daitokuji division of the Rinzai Sect and was built in 1557 near the present Shukuin area by a warlord Miyoshi Nagayoshi, who was the then governor of Sakai in the Warring States period, in order to perform a memorial service for his deceased father Motonaga, inviting Dairin Soto as a chief priest. Afterwards the temple building was burnt down with others during the Summer War in Osaka in 1615, and was rebuilt at the present location by the then chief priest Takuan. There are memorial towers for the repose of the souls of the great Tea Master Sen-no-Rikyu and his teacher Takeno Jowo in the precinct. We can appreciate the famous Japanese garden with rocks and sand, one of the national scenic spots, and the national important cultural properties such as the Buddhist samctum famous for its ceiling paintings of a glaring dragon, the main gate and the Chainese style gate."

Special exhibition was over, but Nanshuji is open everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is 400 yen for an adult. It's just a few minutes walk from Goryomae Station of Hankai Line in Sakai City.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-26 20:34 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
2 years ago, I happened to see the beginning of rice planting festival when I was commuting. It's a shame I did not know much about this festival though I live in Sumiyoshi.

Rice Planting Festival, or Otaue Matsuri is held on June 14 every year. It starts at 1 p.m.here, at the rice field of the precinct.

The shines are national treasures and many are designeated as "important cultural property" here.


When there isn't a festival, it is very quiet.
by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-25 18:12 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)

Observatory of Sakai City Hall

There are many Ancient Tombs in Sakai City. and there is the world largest Ancient Tomb. However, it looks just like a forest when you are near it.

You can see how big it is from the observatory of Sakai City Hall.

It is on the 21st floor ( the top floor of the taller building), open every day from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m., and admission free. It is located near Sakai Higashi Station of Nankai Koya Line.


You can see the world larget tomb of Emperor Nintoku.


This is the tomb of Emperor Hanzei, which I already showed you.


Can you see tall buildings in the distance in the City of Osaka?


You can see Osaka Bay.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-22 12:52 | Osaka City -Abeno | Comments(0)

My Power Spot???

I don’t have any supernatural power. I am an average, normal human being. Even so, I like taking the road in front of Ohkura Shrine, and going through Sumiyoshi Shrine maybe because I can feel the “power” from these so called “power spots” unconsciously….. Maybe.

Though I don’t have any supernatural ability, interestingly, I felt some kind of strong energy here.

I felt when I stepped in Hochigai Shrine. It’s in the middle of the city, near Sakai Higashi Station of Nankai Koya Line.

The strong energy comes from Hanzei Emperor’s Tomb, who was born some time in 4th century and reigned in the beginning of 5th century.

If you walk aroung this ancient tomb, you can experience the very quiet and peaceful town with big houses.

I think the place where the person feel the power depends on the each individual, but there might have been a lot of people who liked to live around this tomb, and only a few rich people had won to have the houses.


The ancient emperors' tombs are under the supervison of the Imperial Household Agency. We are not allowed to enter so we can't know what it is like inside.

Our history is a mystery.....
by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-19 21:23 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
Next to Asazawa Shrine, there is “Ohtoshi Shrine”. This shrine is for promoting the harvest, promoting business persons’ money collecting, prosperity, and safe and happy families.


I see a lot of visitors these days. Recently, I have seen this shrine several times on local TV programs. It was introduced as a “Power Spot” as well as Sumiyoshi Shrine. Acturally these two small shrines are considered parts of Sumiyoshi Shrine.

There are the stones called “Omokaru Ishi” Omokaru means heavy and light, and “ishi means stone. Omokaru ishi means a heavy and light stone and it doesn't make a sense

Here is how Omokaru Ishi functions. Hold one stone making a wish. If you feel the stone light, your wish will come true. If you feel the stone heavy, your wish won’t come true.


I tried. It was.......LIGHT!!!!

Why don’t you come and try?

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-16 19:05 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)
Just outside of Sumiyoshi Shrine, there are two small shrines side by side.

One of them is called “Asazawa-sha”, and Benten, a goddess for prosperity, entertainment, and beauty is enshrined.



There must have been a lot of musicians, dancers, beauticians, geishas and many other women worshiped here.

Men worship too.

Now is the time for irises.

They are in full bloom.

There are many kinds of irises, like Hanashobu, Ayame, and Kakitsubata. The iris here is Kakitsubata. Kakitsubata is a symbol flower of Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-05-15 16:24 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)