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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Kono Shrine in Tango, Kyoto


One day bus tour is good. We can visit many places and the bus takes us there.
However, we can’t stay longer time as we want to.

I had been wanting to visit Kono Shrine and Manai Shrine, but when I went there this time, the time was limited. The time there was too short to go to Manai Shrine.

Kono Shrine is called “Moto Ise”, which means former Ise Shrine. Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture is well known, but before it was settled at that place, it moved from many places to many places. Kono Shrine is the major former Ise Shrine.

In Shinto world, Amaterasu Ohmikami is in the highest rank. All other shrins follow Ise Shrine no other shrines precede Isa Shrine. So Amaterasu Ohmikami is the highest of all.

That’s why it’s the important place.

It’s far from Osaka, but I would like to return to Kono Shrine and Manai Shirne again.
Manai Shrine is said (by some people) that it has something to do with Manna.

These are very “mysterious” places.

by berry-raspberry | 2014-01-03 23:06 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
It’s New Year’s Eve today.
How do you spend New Year’s Eve in your country?

In Japan, New Year’s Day is the biggest holiday.
New Year’s Eve is very quiet, just like Christmas Eve.
The atmosphere is similar.

These are the pictures taken at Osaka Church on Christmas Eve.

I attended the candle lit service at this church.

I arrived fifteen minutes before the service, and this church got packed when the service started.



This church started in 1874.

The church building was designed by William Merrell Vories, and built in 1922.
Voris was an American Architect, who arrived in Japan in 1905 and lived in Japan in most of his life. He designed Toyosato Elementary School, Daimaru Department Store in Shinsaibashi, and many other notable Western style buildings, houses, and churches.

I love their Christmas Tree with real candles.

by berry-raspberry | 2013-12-31 23:26 | Osaka City-Nishi-ku | 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)
Last weekend, there was an event in Sakai City, which showed the valuable stuff the temples and shrines possess twice a year.

I have been to this event before. Each time, the things they show is different.

This time, Honju-ji Temple was open. Not inside of the building, but they showed “Oribe-Doro”, which means Oribe’s garden lantern.

Furuta Oribe is one of the masters of tea ceremony, whose teacher was Sen no Rikyu, and he lived from 1544 to 1615.

I introduced the lantern of Crypt-Christians in Nanshu-ji Temple in Sakai City, and that lantern was also Oribe-Doro.

These couple of years, my theme of this blog is becoming like “Japanese and Christianity”. I am the one who assumes that Christianity was brought to Japan 1300 or 1400 years ago, and the reason that there were so many Catholic Christians in Azuchi Momoyama Era, just before Edo Period was Japanese have had Christian basis.

Anyway, Christianity was banned in Edo Period, and this Oribe’s Lantern was created to worship Jesus, (see the bottom of the lantern)

or Jesus and Mary which are often seen in Catholic Churches.(See Oribe‘s Lantern in Nanshu-ji Temple)

Oribe’s Lanterns were usually placed near tea rooms for tea ceremony.

(There are shapes of the sun and the moon, which is said, a sign of Christianiy.)

Some people say, there were probablysome people who did tea ceremony as an actually Christian ritual, Holy Communion.

I think Japanese history is mysterious and interesting if you see off mainstream.
by berry-raspberry | 2012-05-29 17:49 | Osaka Pf - Sakai | Comments(0)
I introduced Koryuji Temple in the previous article. The origin of this temple is actually not sure, but it is sure that Hata family started this temple.

Some scholars say Koyuji did not started as a Buddhist temple but started as a Shinto shrine.

As a matter of fact, there is a Shinto shrine that is said that Hata family started near Koryuji Temple.

It’s called Kaiko no Yashiro. Kaiko means silkworm, and Yashiro means shrine.
It is clear that Toraijin brought technology of textile.

But its official name is “Konoshima ni masu Amateru Mikami Jinja”. It sounds like “Amaterasu Omikami is in this island.” , but I'm not sure.

Anyway, in Kaiko no Yashiro, there is a peculiar object.
Torii, the gate of the shrine is like this, and usually, it’s at the entrance.

Look at this.

This place is a pond, and there should be water in here, but the water supply was stopped on this day, I don't know when it's open.

The explanation board says there is a theory that this is originated from the Nestorius sect of Christianity, which was brought about 1,300 years ago.

If the theory is correct, the object represents Trinity.

And this is a Christian shrine, temple, or church.

This is the pond for purification. In Christian term, for baptism?

by berry-raspberry | 2012-01-24 18:11 | Kyoto | Comments(0)
In 1894, the Roman Catholic cathedral was built as St. Agnes Cathedral, but it was completely burnt down by World War II in 1945. St. Francisco Xavier Cathedral was founded in 1949, but later, the current cathedral, Osaka Cathedral of Tamatsukuri of Saint Mary, was founded in 1963.

Stand in front, and you can see the statue of Gratia Hosokawa (1563 – 1600) on the right. We call her Hosokawa Garasha.

She died near this cathedral when she was almost taken away as a hostage of Sekigahara War in 1600. War. Her husband, Hosokawa Tadaoki was a notable samurai.

On the left, there is a statue of Ukon Takayama (1552 –1615), who was a Saumrai, and a lord of Northern part of Osaka.

After Francisco Xavier, a Roman Catholic missionary of Society of Jesus, arrived in Japan in 1549, Catholic Christianity was wide spread all over Japan. Those Catholic Christians were called Kirishitan. Tokugawa Shogunate prohibited Christianity in 1612, and Takayama Ukon, Dom Justo Takayama, was expelled from Japan in 1614 and died in Philippines.

These two people were faithful Kirishitans from Osaka, who had tragic lives.

Inside of the cathedral, there are paintings of them.

Stained glasses:

There is a pipe organ. The organist was playing Bach's Fugue when I went into there.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-10-30 18:05 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(3)


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)