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 most notable Ohmi merchants, Ito Chubei’s home is open to public.

This house was built in 1882, and you can see their life style of Meiji Era over one hundred years ago, as the way it used to be.

As you enter the entrance, there is a room for maids on the left hand side.

And business section on the right hand side.


And other rooms.

There are more rooms.

Kitchen Area

Rice cooker


Open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Monday
Admission Free


7 or 8 minute walk from Toyosato Station
It is on Nakasen Road ( known as Nakasen-do)

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-30 17:08 | Shiga | Comments(0)
Ohimi Shonin, or Ohmi Merchants’ principle is Sanpo Yoshi”, which literally means, good for 3 direction. It means business should be good for sellers, good for buyers, and good for society.

Now, Toyosato Elementary School has become famous thanks to the Anime, “K-ON!!”. Furukawa Tetsujiro paid his fortune to build this school buildings more than 70 years ago.

If you have ever seen the anime, “K-ON!”, you know his bust appears.
(see http://indigo05.exblog.jp/12138498)

Furukawa Tetsujiro was also Ohmi Shonin from Toyosato-cho, and worked as a manager for Ito Chu.

Ito Chu is now a corporation’s name, and it’s the abbreviation of the name, Ito Chubei.

Ito Chubei is a founder of Ito Chu Corporation and Marubeni Corporation, two of the biggest corporations in Japan.

This is the main building of Itochu, located in central Osaka. They have the other main building in Tokyo too.

This is the branch building of Marubeni, also located in central Osaka. Their main building is in Tokyo.

Ito Chubei is from Toyosato-cho, Shiga Prefecture, and once, he was the Mayer of Toyosato-cho.

This is the outside of Ito Chubei's house in Toyosato-cho. Now open to public.

Open Tuesday through Sunday
From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission Free

To be continued.
by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-29 17:05 | Shiga | Comments(0)
Ohmi is an old term of Shiga Prefecture. From 15th century to 20th century, a lot of Ohmi Merchants flourished, and many of their business have become big corporations nowadays.

An Ohmi Merchant, Fujino Kahei’s home is in Toyosato-cho, Shiga Prefecture. It was called Mataju Yashiki before, but now it is called Yutaka Kaikan.

A part of the mansion remains.

There is a monument which says Prince Mikasanomiya visited here.

It has a gate and a wall of upper Samurai Class.

It is said, the Lord of Hikone-han, Naosuke Ii, occasionally visited here to ask financial support, and possibly relaxed here.

This family prospered in trade between Hakkaido, and Shiga, Kyoto, and Osaka.

Fujino Kihei’s descendent got successful for canned salmon business.

They had several boats and there is a miniature.

The screen is from Lord Ii, and there is a small museum of their collection.


There is very old pottery from 5th or 6th century.

And the ones from even before.

Amazing collection of Samurai armors.

The garden is excellent. How it was built is not like the one of private property.

From JR Hikone Station, take Ohmi Line.

Open : Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Admission: 200 yen for adult, 100 yen for grade school students
by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-28 19:08 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Under a huge camphor tree, there is Nankun-sha. This shrine is for development and safety.


There is a monthly festival called “Hattatsu-san” at four branch shrines in Sumiyoshi Shrine. Many people worship at the four shrines: this Nankun-sha, Tanekashi-sha, Ohtoshi-sha, and Asazawa-sha. Every month, there is a small festival at Sumiyoshi-shrine.

Hattatu means the first day of the dragon of each month. You know, each year has its name of the zodiac. Each day, as well, has its name of the zodiac. It is the calendar that people used to use.

Next hattatsu, the first day of the dragon, is the 9th day of October. It is also the first day of Sumiyoshi Expo. There should be a lot of people.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-25 21:54 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
At the beginning part of the tale of Issun-Boshi, it says an old couple went and prayed at Sumiyoshi Shrine.

Here’s a simplified version of the tale of Issun-Boshi in English for kids.



At the edge of Sumiyoshi Shrine, there is a small shrine specifically for asking for a child, and getting “seed” for future prosperity, which means for family prosperity, and business prosperity.


The name of the branch shrine is “Tanekashi-sha”. “Tane” means seed. “Kashi” means to lend.


You can be Issun-Boshi here!

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-25 15:46 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)

Even at a small park like Arare Matsubara Park, there is going to an event on Sunday, October 10 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


The illustration on the poster is Issun-boshi, who appears in an old fairy tale. An old couple, who could not have a child, prayed for a baby at Sumiyoshi Shrine, and they were given Issun- boshi. Issun is about 3 cm, a little more than an inch.

Around Arare Matsubara Park, a town of Anryu, is Issun-boshi's hometown.

You can experience an old-style picture-story show about Issun-boshi at this event (in Japanese)!

Also there are many music performances, Hula, and Japanese folk dance.

Arare Matsubara Park is about 5 minute walk from Anryu-machi Station of Hankai Line, 5 minute walk from Suminoe Station of Nankai Main Line.
by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-22 21:40 | Osaka City-Suminoe | Comments(0)

On Kishu Road, there is a park called Arare Matsubara. Matsubara means pine tree field, and it tells that there used to be a beach with beautiful white sand around here. In 706, Emperor Monmu’s son, Naganomiko, visited here and his song is appeared in Manyoshu, the oldest existing collection of Japanese poetry.


Monument of Naganomiko’s poet:

There is a vestige of the Shrine, Amenomikomaritoyouranomikoto Shrine.

Now this shrine is moved to a corner of the precinct of Wakamatsu Shrine.

Walk along the Kishu Road to the south, and there is a shopping center. Along this road, some old houses are remained.

From Arare Matsubara toward west to Suminoe Station, there are houses with old storehouses,

and an old house like this.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-21 16:56 | Osaka City-Suminoe | 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)
Sounds like we have festivals all year around! In September and in October, there are many festivals: not only usual Shinto-shrine-related festivals, but also cultural and sports festivals.

Today, I am going to introduce some Shinto-shrine-related festivals.

Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is a nationally well-known, very big, wild, and speedy parade involving whole town. It is going to be held on 18th and 19th of September, in southern part of Osaka Prefecture, Kishiwada City.

Map around Kishiwada Station of Nankai Main Line:

Map around Haruki Station of Nankai Main Line:

Mozu Hachiman Futon-Daiko Festival is going to be held around Mozu Hachiman Shrine in Sakai City on September 25th and 26th. Parades are going to be held at towns around Mozu Hachiman Shrine. Futon Daiko Festivals are held all over southern and eastern part of Osaka Prefecture from September through early October.

Even a small shrine like Wakamatsu Shrine (its official name is Todorokihimemikoto Jinja) holds the autumn festival and Mikoshi,, a portable shrine is going to be carried around central part of Sumiyoshi-ku on October 3rd.


Look at this. It says Wakamatsu shrine is recruiting the people who carry Mikoshi.

This is Wakamatsu Shrine.

An old house near Wakamatsu Shrine.

There is a house, which has an ally inside of the house.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-16 18:55 | Osaka | Comments(0)
Right beside the gate of Buddhist temple style walls (Higashi Gakuso and Nishi Gakuso) and the gate (Minami-Mon) , there is a pond. Over the pond, there is a bridge made of stone. On the bridge, there is a stage made of stone, which is called “Ishibutai”. This Ishibutai is one of the three most notable stages in Japan. The others are the one of Shitennoji Temple in Osaka City and the one of Itsukushima Shrine in Miyajima, Hiroshima Prefecture.


This Ishibutai is said that it was dedicated by Hideyori Toyotomi (1596〜1615), and is designated as Important Cultural Property.

The traditional Japanese dances are performed on this stage in May.


There are a lot of works going on in Sumiyoshi Shrine right now. Buildings are being repaired in preparation for the 1800th anniversary next year.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-09-16 14:52 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)