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
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)

What you see in the picture is not in America, Europe, or the countries other than Japan.

It’s in Osaka, Japan.

This is Osaka Church, which is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Japan.

This church building was built in 1922, designed by William Vories. He designed many other Western style buildings all over Japan including Tosyosato Elementary School, Daimaru Department Store, Kansei Gakuin University, and so on.

You can go inside by appointment.

Or, if you attend their services, you can go inside for sure! But all services are held in Japanese, I suppose.

Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.
Bible Study: 9:30 a.m., Sunday
Prayer Meeting : 10:15 a.m., Sunday
Afternoon Service: 12:15 p.m. , Sunday
Women’s Meeting: 1:00 p.m. every second Sunday of the month
Maria’s Group: Every third Wednesday of the month

Phone number: (06)6441-3070
E-mail: info@osaka-church.net
Their Website: http://www.osaka-church.net

by berry-raspberry | 2011-11-06 19:01 | Osaka City-Nishi-ku | Comments(0)

Toyosato Elementary School Update

I went to Shiga Prefecture again. Why do I go to Shiga Prefecture so often? Because it’s Japanese tradition to go to ancestors’ graveyard for o-bon which is around August 15, and my ancestors’ graveyard is in Shiga Prefecture.

I went to Toyosato Elementary School… again. Now this school is famous thanks to the popular anime, “K-ON”, or “Keion”.


It has got so popular that there is going to be even a movie “K-ON” starting from December 3.

There is a lot of development about goods that are sold. There are hare and tortoise cookies, tortoise breads, K-ON character tissue paper, and many other goods.

Hare and Tortoise:

I saw people taking pictures. Are there any famous persons?

Yes! These girls are from K-ON!

They are anime characters but they are here in real Toyosato Elementary School!

by berry-raspberry | 2011-08-18 18:31 | Shiga | Comments(0)
More "Keion" stuff than before.

There are visitors purely to see the architecture, but there also are fans of Keion visiting from all over Japan. These boys are fans of fictional girls of the anime, "K-ON", or keion. They even paint the fictional girls on their cars. What an "otaku" world!

by berry-raspberry | 2010-03-22 15:00 | Shiga | Comments(0)
This building used to be a library.


There is a tablet of Chubei Ito on the wall. He is a founder of Itochu Corporation and Marubeni Coporation, who was born in Toyosato-cho in 1842 and grew up in this town. A part of his mansion is still remains, although it is not a mansion anymore.

On the corner of this old library, I found “K-ON!” stuff.


by berry-raspberry | 2010-01-04 15:30 | Shiga | Comments(0)
The auditorium of Toyosato Elementary School is a theater rather than an auditorium. From the back, there is a gentle slope downward toward the stage.

There is even a mezzanine.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-01-04 15:20 | Shiga | Comments(0)
You can experience one of Aesop’s Fables “The Hare and the Tortoise” in Toyosato Elementary School.

A hare and a tortoise decided to race.

Of course, the hare can run fast, and the tortoise is slow.

The hare was so much ahead of the tortoise, that he decided to rest.

While the hare was resting, the tortoise outstripped the hare.

Look who won! It was the tortoise. The proud tortoise is on the top!

by berry-raspberry | 2010-01-04 15:10 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Until I went to Toyosato Elementary School this time, I had not known anything about “K-ON!” (kei on).

It is the Anime about four high school girls who belong to “Kei-on” club. “Kei-on” ”Kei" means light, not heavy. "On" is the abbreviated form of "Ongaku" which means music.

So "Keiongaku" or "Kei-on" means light music literally. In other words, unlike brass band or orchestra clubs, a pop music band with the guitar, the base, the keyboard, and the drums is light, not heavy. 

A "Kei-ongaku Club" exists in many high schools and is often called "Kei-On"

If you have ever seen the anime, “K-ON!”, you will recognize this building structure. Sakura High School in K-ON is exactly like Toyosato Elementary School!


by berry-raspberry | 2010-01-04 14:55 | Shiga | Comments(0)

A few years ago, Toyosato Elementary School became very famous nationwide, because the mayor at that time tried to demolish this beautiful building. It was a big news and a lot of criticism toward the mayor were discussed.


Tetsujiro Furukawa (above), a manager of Itochu Corporation at that time donated to build this building, and was built in 1936. An American architect, William Merrell Vories designed, who also designed Daimaru Department Store in Shinsaibashi, Doshisha University in Kyoto City, Kansei Gakuin University, and many other notable western style buildings.

Fortunately, this building is well preserved now. New buildings for elementary school students were built behind it.

Now it is famous nationwide again thanks to the anime, “K-ON!”.

Toyosato Elementary School is located not so far from Toyosato Station. Admission free. From JR Hikone Station, take Ohmi Line. It takes 17 minutes. Ohmi line costs 400 yen one way. Very expensive, but worth taking.

by berry-raspberry | 2010-01-04 13:51 | Shiga | Comments(0)

Daimaru Department Store

I like visiting Daimaru Department Store in Shinsaibashi. It was designed by an American architect, William Merrell Vories, and was originally built in 1925. It is old and has exotic atmosphere.

Here is some pictures of the inside of the building.



On the mezzanine, there is "Cafe Vories".
by berry-raspberry | 2008-04-12 20:14 | Osaka City-Chuo | Comments(0)