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"Yokoso"Welcome to Osaka !


Osaka Prefecture

The Ancient Provinces of Settsu, Kawachi and Izumi
in medieval times and the City of Osaka
called " Naniwa - rapid current of the
sea water - " in ancient times.


The Aquapolis - Water Metropolis
" Mizu no Miyako "


Osaka



The Osaka Castle and OBP ( Osaka Business Park )





In the area where there are now skyscrapers which you can see in the
photo and the Osaka Castle Park east of the Osaka Castle with a total
area of more than 3 million square meters, there was a huge complex of
factories that were manufacturing armaments in which 100,000 people
were working.



The father of the author of this article was working there as an engineer.
He was born on July 26th 1909 in a small village facing the Seto Inland
Sea in Mehime Prefecture on the coast of Shikoku Island In 1929, he
graduated from the Navigation Academy of Awashima in a island in the
Seto Inland Sea.

He was trained as a militar naval engineer in reserve of the Navy in Kure
of Hiroshima Prefecture.

From March 1st 1931 to 9th May 1933, he worked on some ocean-going
mercantile vessels and went to Europe and some Asian countries.

On February 1st, 1933, he was appointed as the first naval sergeant in
reserve.


Photo of Sasaki Tsurukichi
pasted on the Seaman's Certificate
issued on February 7th 1931
by the Kure government of Hiroshima City

During a voyage on board a ship, when he went to some island in the Pacific,
he caught a tropical Cholera and was hospitalized in Kure City. My grandfather
was worried with his health and advised muy father to work on land.

He followed the advice of my grandfather and began to work in the complex
of the military factories of Osaka..



The whole area of the factories was reduced to ashes by air-raids in 1945.
The Main Tower "Tenshukaku" of the Osaka Castle reconstructed in
1931, however, escaped the bombings although four turrets were bombed
and were destroyed or damaged.

The large area was occupied by the U.S. General Headquaters but was
returned to Osaka City in three years. The area with the debris was left
unattended when we did not see already any of the past tremendous
devastations by the war in other palces of the city.

The poor people formed villages around the area. They were called
"Apaches" and stole scrap iron, copper and other kinds of metal at
night from the area, crossing the river. They called the area Sugiyama
Mine.



A large part of it was turned into the Osaka Castle Park with many trees
planted. At the end of 50's, in the area adjacent to the Park, many buildings
began to be built on the river side area. I had my office in a building across
the river and was watching the buildings under construction going up floor
by floor. The area is called the Osaka Business Park ( OBP)and will not
remind us of the terrible destructions by the air-raids a half a century ago.



The Osaka Castle and the Twin 21 Buildings





The emblem of Osaka City
"Miotsukushi"

At the mouth of the Kizu-gawa River,
in 1870's there existed "Miotsukushi"
- the ship guiding stakes at
sea.






Mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku
built





The mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku is the largest tomb in area in the world.
It is 464,124 square meters and larger than the great pyramid of Giza for the
Egyptian king Khufu and larger than the mausoleum of emperor Shi Huangdi
of Qin dynasty.

In the Complex of the Mausoleums of Mozu, there are 46 large burial mounds.

The Nintoku's mausoleum is in the Daisen Park, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture
near the Kansai International Airport.



From ancient times, Osaka has been the gate for the foreign countries.
The ships from China and Korea arrived at the Osaka Port, called "Naniwa-
zu". The Chinese civilization and Buddhism were introduced into Japan
through Osaka.

In the Osaka Bay, there were stakes to guide ships in the Osaka Bay.
They were called "Miotsukushi" which is now the emblem of Osaka City.




On the left, the stone monument which reads ; "Buddhism arrived for the
first time in Japan at Shitennô-ji. On the right, the pagoda of the Shitennô-ji
Temple. It was originally built in 593 by Prince Regent Shotoku.





Sumiyoshi Taisha Temple



"Taiko-bashi" Bridge of the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

From 600 C,E. to the middle of the 9th century, during two and a half centuries,
Japan organized delegations and sent them to China to introduce into Japan
the highly developed chinese civilization. The ships of a delegation started
after being blessed by the gods of the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and sailed
to the Osaka Port through the Osaka Bay. Then, through the Seto Inland Sea,
they went to Kyushu and left Japan for China.



The Dôtônbori Street is crowded with many
crazy gourmets everyday and every night.

The Dôtônbori Street is showy and noisy.


"Dôtonbori" is one of the most interesting tourist destinations in Osaka.
This street is peculiarly very Osakan.

It is a street of many restaurants alongside the "Dôtonbori" which means
"the canal of "Dôton". You can hardly find a boutique there. During the
Edo Period, there were five famous and prestigious theaters in this street.

It has been always the center of the entertaiments and pleasure.

It is famous for its large neon and mechanized robot signs, which tell you
the mentality of Osakan people. We want to show off every thing
and exaggerate every thing.




This large octopus sign is a new comer.
The octopus ball "Takoyaki" is a popular take-out food
of Osaka. You can eat it now in other cities. It has
become a national food. But, some Japanese people
travel a long way to come to Osaka to eat Takoyaki in Dôtônbori.



We, Osakans are very "irachi" ( impatient ) but
but we don't mind waiting a lomg time standing in line to eat delicious
and inexpensive foods. We want to pay a reasonable price
for delicious foods.





At 12.05 on Janauary 6th 2008, about 20
persons waiting in line in front of the restaurant
"Yaroku" in Sumiyoshi, Osaka.



Takoyaki



Takoyaki



This is a low tech
puppet "Kuidaore Taro"
of the restaurant
"Kuidaore"




One of the famous landmarks
of Osaka and of the Dôtonbori
Street. This is a robot sign
of the restaurant "Kani Dôraku"
( Crazy crab eaters or crab
gourmets)




Kuidaore Tarô


A group of restaurants "Kuidaore" in the 8 floor building "Building for Eating"
was founded in 1949 when people were beginning to eat enough in the
postwar ages.

It was closed down on July 8th 2008. One of the most famous landmarks
of Osaka and Dôtonbori disappeared here. But, many companies and the
native town of the founder of Kuidaore were competing now to get the patent
of this low tech puppet offering a large amount of money.






A giant "Fugu" lantern - Poisnous globe fish.

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Places


 
  Interesting Places
in the Osaka Prefecture

      


 Osaka City,
  Miyakojima-ku
 Kema - Birthplace of Yosa Buson

Taikô-en
Garden



 Osaka City,
  Miyakojima-ku
 Barron Fujita Denzaburo
  Restaurant "Kappô Hyôtan"
 Osaka City,
   Asahi-ku, Ikue

  
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  Sugahara-Shirokita Bridge
  Cherry Blossoms, Crysanthemum


 Osaka City,
   Asahi-ku, Ikue

  

 Shirokita Park. Lily Garden,





 




 Osaka city,
  Mido-suji Street

 Auguste Rodin - Mido-suji Sculpture
 Street -   Ashimori - Birthplace of
 Ogata Koan





Chuo-ku
 Osaka Aquapolis 2009
 22/August 2009  - 12/October
2009


 Osaka Duck Tour
 Amphibious Tourist Bus

 



 
 



 
 


 

 



 



 


Cherry blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle

(1)




Osaka City,
Chuô-ku



 
  Cherry Vewing in the precincts
   of Osaka Castle on 29 March,
   2008 ( 1 )

 

Cherry blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle
( 2 )




Osaka City,
Chuô-ku


  Cherry Blossom viewing
  in the precincts of Osaka
  Castle on  2nd April, 2008



Osaka City,
Chuô-ku





Plum blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle
(1)




Osaka City,
Chuô-ku

 
  Plum blossom Garden of
  Osaka Castle : On 26 January,
  2008 and on 8 February 2008
  (1)

Plum blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle
(2)




Osaka City,
Chuô-ku

 
  Plum Blossom Garden in the
  Osaka Castle Park on 28
  February 2008


Plum blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle
(3)





Osaka City,
Chuô-ku

  
  Plum Blossom Garden in the
  Osaka Castle Park on 13
  March 2008


 

Plum blossom
viewing
Osaka Castle
(4)



 
  Plum Blossom Garden in the
  Osaka Castle Park on 13
  March 2008


 



Night cherry
blossom
viewing




Osaka City,
Chuô-ku

 Night cherry blossom viewing in
  the Nishinomaru Palace area of
 Osaka Castle on 9 April 2008


 



Osaka City,
Chuô-ku

 
  Hôkoku Shrine dedicated to
  Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the Japanese
  Rock Gardens.






Chuo-ku
 Ancient Capital Naniwano-miya
 Prince Nakanoôenoôji,
 Taika Reform,



Osaka City,
Chuo-ku
 The Grand Cathedral of Virgin Mary
 of Osaka-Tamatsukuri - Christian
 Warlord Takayama Ukon
 Lady Gracia ( Garashia ) Hosokawa

 


 

 



 



Osaka Museum
of Housing and
Living



Osaka City,
Kita-ku
 
 The museum of living, old and
  modern in Osaka.


  The exhibits to show how people
  in Osaka lived during the late
  Edo Period. .

Osaka Museum
of Housing and
Living



Osaka City,
Kita-ku

 
 The museum of living, old and
  modern in Osaka.


  The exhibits to show how people
  in Osaka lived in the modern ages.

 

Tenjinbashi
Shopping Street



Osaka City,
Kita-ku

 
  Osaka Tenma-gû shrine,
  Japanese sword, Nobel Prize
  Writer Kawabata Yasunari


 

 



 






 
 



 
 


 

 



 







 
 



 
 


 

 



 






 Osaka City,
 Uemachi-daichi
 Plateau,-
Tennoji  -ku
.
 Chausuyama Hill
  in the Tennoji Park

 

Hôrin-ji
Temple



 Osaka City,
 Uemachi-daichi
 Plateau,-
Tennoji  -ku.
 
 Tomb of  Haiku poet Uejima
  Onitsura, Kakuman-ji Temple,
 Bokusen-ji Temple in Itami City



 
 


 

 



 




Obon
Shitennô-ji
Temple


 Osaka City,
 Uemachi-daichi
 Plateau,-
Tennoji  -ku
 
 Kongô-gumi Construction Co.,Ltd.
 Small Shrine dedicated to the God
 of the Carpenters



 
 


 

 



 



Sumo training in
the Dainenbutsu-ji
Temple

Osaka City
Hirano-ku

 
 The "Degeigo" of the Sumo
 wrestlers of Azumaseki beya
(Stable ) of Takamiyama in the
Tomozuna beya Stable in Osaka
 The first successful American
 Sumo Wrestler

 

Kumata
Shrine


Osaka City
Hirano-ku

 
 The remains of the defence canal
 oldest Renka Salon

 



 
 


 

 



 







      

   




 
  Midô-suji Street

 


 Osaka city,
   Chuo-ku
 " Tekijuku " School which contributed
 greatly to shaping  Japan as a
 Great Power in the world from a
 feudal  society only in 4 decades.

Osaka city,
 Chuo-ku
 " Tekijuku " School@"|
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 Osaka city,
 Chuo-ku
  " Tekijuku " School@"|
@Photo Gallery ( 2 )

 Osaka city,
 Chuo-ku

   " Tekijuku " School@"|@
  Photo Gallery ( 3 )

 

 Osaka city,
 Chuo-ku

 Thje Aiju Kindergarten and
  hte Copper Market.




 Osaka city,
  Chuo-ku

 Osaka city,
 Tennoji-ku  Uemachi-daichi
 plateau,

 Keitakuen Garden ( No.1 )
 Osaka  city,
  Uemachi-daichi
  plateau, Tennoji-ku
 Keitakuen Garden ( No.2 )
 Osaka city,
   Tennoji-ku
   Tennôji Park


Tenjin-zaka
slope path
 Uemach-daichi
   Plateau
 
  Osaka City,
  Tennoji-ku,
  

 Tenjin-zaka slope path,
 One of the so called " Seven Slope
  Paths - Sakamichi " on the
 Uemachi-daichi Plateau.
 Yasui Tenjin Shrine  where Sanada
 Yukimura. whom the first shogun
 Ieyasu  was  most afraid of died.
 Tachikawa Collections and
 the novels  of " 10 heroes
  of Sanada "
  


Shitenno-ji
Temple


 Uemach-daichi
   Plateau 
  Osaka City,
  Tennô-ji-ku,
 Prince Regent Shôtoku
  Mononobe no Moriya,
  Introduction of Buddhism
  into Japan


Kuchinawazaka
slope path

 Osaka City,
  Tennoji-ku,
  Uemach-daichi
  Plateau

 Kuchinawa-zaka slope path,
 One of the so called " Seven Slope
 Paths - "Sakamichi "  of Tennoji.
 Kisshoji temple for 47 loyal samurai
 of Ako.  Puppet show plays " Bunraku "
  Nitobe Inazo - Bushido and
 Chushingura.  Woman writer
 Higuchi Ichiyo

  

 
 Uemachi-daichi
  Plateau, Osaka city,
  Chuo-ku,
 Tamatsukuri

 
 Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine   Naniwa
Gem Tamatsukuri Museum

  Magatama  Prince Regent Shotoku
  Cult of Fox - Inari

  Toyokawa Inari Temple   Fushimi
  Inari Shrine

   Children Taiko Parade Toyotomi
   Hideyori




  
 Uemachi-daichi
  Plateau, Osaka city,
  Chuo-ku,
 Tamatsukuri
 Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine

  Japanese customs and
  ceremonies -

 Okuizome - Shichi go san -  

  Wedding ceremony
 Uemachi-daichi
  Plateau, Osaka city,
  Chuo-ku,
 Tamatsukuri
 The Grand Cathedral of Virgin Mary
 of Osaka-Tamatsukuri - Christian
 Warlord Takayama Ukon
 Lady Gracia ( Garashia ) Hosokawa

Senba
  Chuo-ku,
   Osaka city
 Senba - area of  traditional
  traditional Osaka merchants,
  traditional of Osakan theater
  and stage arts.
  The place of death of the Saint
  of Haiku - Matsuo Basho

 Uemachi-daichi
 Plateau -
  - Hoenzaka
 Cho-ku, Osaka city
 
 Naniwa no Miya Historical Park
 Taika Reform - Emperor Kotoku
 abondoned in Naniwa no miya
 capital ( Osaka )    Prince Arima -
 Chronicle " Kojiki " and ancient
Japanese language " Yamato
 Kotoba " Prince Naka-no-oe-no
 oji ( emperor Tenji ), Prince
 Oama-no oji ( emperor Tenmu )

 Empress Jito and the capital
 of Fujiwara-kyo Soga-no Iruka
 and the rise and fall of Soga
clan.

 The fall of the Kingdom of
 Paerkche in the Korean
 Peninsula - Empress
Kogyoku/Empress Saimei -
  Kashiwara city - divinity of
 the Japanese emperors.
 Empress Genmei

  


 Osaka City,
 Tsurumi-ku
 Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park,
 " Sakuya Konohanakan Botanical
 Pavilion, Emperor Nintoku and
 Dr.Wangin Emperor Nintoku
 The International Garden and
 Greenery Exposition, Osaka,
 Japan 1990, Gardens of many
 countries

 International Exposition
 in Osaka 1970 - The Cold War
 and the Space Race






Osaka
Prefecture








 
 




 










 
 




 


Osaka
Prefecture

Sakai City








 
 







 The Japanese Garden in the
  Daisen Park of Sakai City




 

 Osaka Prefectural Government
  Osaka Municipal government
  Osaka Visitor's Guide
 Osaka City,  Naniwa-ku   Japan Folk Art Museum
Osaka city,
Minato-ku
  Modern Transportation Museum
Osaka City,
  Tennoji-ku,
  Tennoji Park
 Osaka Municipal Museum of Art




Osaka
Prefecture
Kansai International Airport   ( For
Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe  and
Wakayama.   About 43 minutes to
the Shin-Osaka station by the
Special Express JR train "Haruka"
and 73 minutes to the Kyoto Station.

Be carefull and do not fail to have a
ride on a train "JR" Special Express
"Haruka" and not JR " Kaisoku -
oridanry express train" which takes
mmuch more time to reach the center
of Osaka.

Nara can be reached within one hour
from Kyoto or Osaka by the Kintetsu
line express train.
The following airports are well connected with the Kansai International
Airports to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo( Kobe, Himeji, ) Shiga, Wakayama,
and Hiroshima.


  
Itami City, Hyogo
Toyonaka City,
Ikeda City, Osaka
Prefecture
  
  Osaka International Airport,
  popularly called "Itami Airport"
  In spite of the name "International",
  this is the primary domestic airport.

  



Fukuoka Prefecture
Kyushu
 
 Fukuoka Airport
in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu
,
connected with Singapore and
Honolulu
  Dubai International Airport

  Singapore Changi Airport


 
  Osaka  English and Spanish Speaking
 guide  in Osaka for the Kansai
 area tour..
Taiko-en
Miyakojima ku
Osaka City
Restaurant with a beautiful Japanese
Garden built by Baron Fujita
Denzaburo at the end of the Meiji Era.
Economical
Lodging

 Higashi-sumiyoshi
ku, Nagai-Koen
  Osaka city..
 Osaka Municipal Nagai Youth Hostel
    ( Economical stay in Osaka )
 12-30, 5-chome,
 Nakano-cho,
 Miyakojima-ku,
 Osaka.
 Osaka River Side Hotel
 Reasonable price : About US$60.oo
 Single room per night. In the second half
 of April, the river side of Ôkawa is
 very beautiful with cherry blossom in full
 bloom.

  Nishinari-ku
  Osaka City.
Hotel Raizan-Minamikan.
Economical and strategically located
for tours to Kyoto, Kobe,  Wakayama,
and sight-seeing in Osaka.
The price is 2,200 yen ( about
US$19) for a single room. There are
large public bath rooms with
a sauna. The rooms are not
equipped with a private bathtub.

   

Chuo-ku,
Tanimachi 1-chome,
Osaka city.
Hotel Keihan Tenmabachi ( Only In
Japanese)  Reservation on intenet :
Single room : Yen 4,800 -  Yen 7,770.
- Strategically situated to go to Kyoto,
Nara and Kobe, 46 minutes by
an express Keihan Train to Kyoto.
One way free ticket to Kyoto on a
"Keihan" line train.
Miyakojima-ku,
Higashinoda
adjacent to
the Kyobashi
Station

Hotel Keihan Kyobashi ( Only in
Japanese ) Reservation on internet :
Single Yen 8.800 -  Strategically
situated to go to Kyoto, Nara and
Kobe,34 minutes by express  Keihan
Train to Kyoto. One way free ticket to
Kyoto will be given. You can reach
the hotel in the Kyobashi station
directly from the Kansai Airport by
the JR train in 70 minutes.
  
24-go 11 ban
2 chome,
Miyakojima-ku,
Osaka

Tel :06-6353-1111

Osaka City Hotel Kyobashi -
3 minute walk from the Kyobashi
Stations of JR loop line and Keihan
Line and the municipal subway of
Tsurumi-Nagahori Line.  The hotel
has English, chinese and Korean
speaking staff.  The reservation on
intenet for one night lodging.The
bathroom with a bathtub is equipped.

  Single room :   6,950  
  Twin room :   8,500
  Double room : 8,500  
  Triple room : 10,500  
.
Transport
Osaka Municipal
subways and buses
  
 
 Economical pass on the Munipal
   subways, buses and  the new trams
   run by the Transportation Bureau of
   Osaka Municipal Governmment.
 
  The special discounts for admission
   fees  for museums and other
   facilities.
  
  
Kansai Thru Pass
3 day pass

This pass,while valid, allowsyou to ride
as many times as you like on public
transportation such as municipal
subways, other railways and buses
(except for JR lines ) in the Kansai
areas, such as Kyoto, Nara, Osaka,  
Kobe, Wakayama and Shiga
refectures.

This economical pass is available as
two or three day trip. This pass also
entitle you to discounts on the admission
fee of many museums, park and other
facilities and at some shops.

5,000 for adult for three days.

  JR JAPAN RAIL PASS :  

 If you are planning to travel in Japan
 and to have rides on board " JR
 Shinkansen ( bullet trains ) for a
 large distance more than 2,000
 kilometers in total, the JR Japan Rail
 Pass is convenient and economical.

 For your information, the istance
 between Osaka and Hiroshima is
 341 kilometers and the fare is
 ¥ 10,150.oo for one way, when you
do not use the pass. .

 The distance between Shin-Osaka
 station and Tokyo station is 513
 kilometers and the fare is ¥ 13,720
 for one way.

 The Japanese citizens who are
 permanent residents in a foreign
 country or foreigners  who are
 visiting Japan and are staying
  "temporarily " in Japan strictly only
 for sightseeing purpose 
’ZŠϊ‘؍έ
 can obtain and use JR JAPAN Rail
 Pass. 

 Without "Temporary Visitor" stamped
 by an immigaration officer at the
 Japanese Airport, you can not obtain
 the JR Japan Railway Pass.
   
  You must buy "Exchange order "
 before entering Japan. After entering
 Japan, you should show "the exchange
 order and the passport bearing the
 stamp of " Temporary  visitor ", you can
 obtain the JR Japan Rail Pass at a
 JR Exchange Office at an airport or
 at one of the main JR stations. .

 Information in more detail is available
 in English,
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