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
Sumiyoshi Festival is held from July 30th to August 1st every year, and August 1st is the final day.

On the 1st of August, the big parade takes place.

It starts from Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine to Shukuin, the branch shrine of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine in Sakai City, and it’s about 4.6 km long.

The biggest event is the portable shrine crossing in the Yamato River.

This year, the portable shrine got renewed and got really shiny and golden than ever.


The portable shrine arrived.


The samurai soldiers arrived.


They triggered their matchlock guns.


Osaka side people carried the portable shrine to the river.


In the middle of the river, Sakai side people took over and carried to Shukuin, the branch shrine of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine.
# by berry-raspberry | 2016-08-02 00:25 | Sumiyoshi Shrine | Comments(0)
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)

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# by berry-raspberry | 2016-05-05 23:05 | Osaka | 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)

This year, for cherry blossom season, I went to the river bank called “Sewari-tei” . It is in Yawata City in Kyoto prefecture, and it’s around the border between Kyoto Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture.

Three rivers, the Katsura, the Uji, and the Kizu join around this bank.



Amazingly, there are about 250 cherry trees, about 1.4 kilometers long , and cherry blossoms were in full bloom when I went there.




It’s about 10 minute walk from Yawata-shi Station on Keihan Line.

Highly recommended!!

# by berry-raspberry | 2016-04-10 20:09 | Kyoto | Comments(0)

Mandai-ike Pond are surrounded by cherry trees.
People used to enjoy barbecue when the blossoms blooming until recently, but now barbecuing is prohibited.


Yet a lot of local people enjoy the cherry blossoms here at the pond.

There are only a few trees whose blossoms are in bloom, but most of them will bloom fully in a few days.


# by berry-raspberry | 2016-03-31 23:41 | Osaka City-Sumiyoshi | Comments(0)