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.

by berry-raspberry | 2017-03-13 00:22 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)

This is an incredible place where you can experience the luxuriouslife back in Edo period about 250 years ago.

In Edo Era, Osaka was the centeral business place in Japan.

Kagaya Jinbei was one of the successful business people; he was like abanker in those days.

After he retired, he devoted to develop the rice fields.

The newlydeveloped rice fields were called “Shinden”.

There are four Shindens, including Kagaya Shinden, remained inOsaka Prefecture.

Kaisho means a gathering place.

It was also Kagaya Family’s villa by the sea.


The gate


Sward rests at the entrance


Zen style window.




The sliding panel paintings are from 400 years ago.

Now it’s got pale but was painted with gold powder.


View through the kitchen door.


This stream used to be connected to one of canals which broughtthem to Minami Area, such as Namba, Dotombori maybe for business, orentertainment.



The waiting place for tea ceremony.


His name Kagaya, is now the name of the town.

Admission Free

Now the property is owned by the City of Osaka.

4-8-7 Minami Kagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City

About 15 minute walk from Abikomichi Station of Hankai Tramway (Nickname:Chin-Den)

About 17 minute walk from Suminoe Koen Station of Subway Yotsubashi Line(Yotsubashi Sen)

About 20 minute walk from Suminoe Station of Nankai Main Line (NankaiHonsen)

by berry-raspberry | 2017-02-27 00:10 | Osaka City-Suminoe | 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)
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)
Each year, NHK broadcasts one hour drama about historically famous person.
This year, Sanada Nobushige, known as Sanada Yukimura is the main character.
The name of the drama is “Sanada-maru”; it’s something like “Fort Sanada”



The stronghold was around Sanko Shrine, near JR and Subway "Tamatsukuri" Stations.

Sanada Yukimura was on Toyotomi side.
Toyotomi completely lost in the Osaka Summer War in 1615. Tokugawa won and Tokogawa Family’s era continued until 1868.
He is admired as a hero.

This is Sanada Yukimura.


Because of the drama, many people from all over Japan are visiting this shrine.

It is said that this used to be a secret tunnel to Osaka Castle.


It says this year, on November 6th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00p.m, there is ”Sanada Festival" Usually it is held on the first Sunday of November, but this year is special

Cherry blossoms in Osaka have just started to bloom.




by berry-raspberry | 2016-03-28 01:49 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(0)

Ohmiwa Shrine


These pictures were taken at the end of September.
That was the time when I had to go to Kashihara. Kashihara and Ohmiwa Shrine are not so far each other.

Even though I had only one hour including lunch time where I had somen, a kind of noodle, and it’s the specialty of Miwa area, I went to Ohmiwa Shrine.

This is the lunch I had. It’s the restaurant right next to Ohmiwa Shrine.

This shrine is famous for its “power spot” where people seek the spiritual power.

As for me, the power spot means the place where I can feel closer to God.

And I think this shrine has that kind of atmosphere.
The Mt. Miwa is called “Goshintai” which means the deity itself, and the god’s mountain. Sorry, I didn’t take the picture of the mountain.

If you have read my blog for a long time, you may know I believe early Shitoism has something to do with some Middle Eastern belief and early Christianity (not Nestorian), so this is definitely one of the places where people has felt closer to God.

There are three toriis (gates), but you need to ask the shrine to do so.
I didn’t have enough time, so I couldn’t take the picture of them this time.

The existence of the three toriis is said, “mysterious”. I wonder why nobody wants to explain.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-11-07 19:13 | Nara | Comments(0)

I went to Kobe Muslim Mosque

In the middle of April, I had a chance to go to Kobe Muslim Mosque.

This is the first mosque in Japan founded in 1935.

There was a teaching about Muslim, and I learned a little.

It was serine.

When I went upstairs, a woman was praying silently closing her eyes.
So I closed the door and did not go inside.

So peaceful, and so glorious place.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-05-01 00:29 | Hyogo | Comments(0)

Idakiso Shrine


Idakiso Station is the one where Nitama works as a stationmaster.

Idakiso is the name of the shrine.

Acturally, I did not know anything about this shrine until I got there.

It is an old shrine founded in early 8th century on Kumano road which starting from Osaka City.


There are Kofuns, ancient tombs.
There is one just next to the shrine.

I climbed up to the top of one of them.



Afterwards, I found a website that shows inside of the tumulus.
Wow! I should go back there sometime.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-04-21 16:49 | Wakayama | Comments(0)

Wakayama Castle


I went to Wakayama.

Wakayama Castle was not my plan, but the cherry blossoms were so beautiful that I went into the gate.


It was built by Toyotomi family in 1585, but one of Tokugawa families lived here. My favorite 8th Shogun, Yoshimune was from here in Kishu, Wakayama.

This may be the remain of the gorgeous garden.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-04-05 00:10 | Wakayama | Comments(0)