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Let’s discover Osaka : Tamatsukuri Fushimi Inari Shrine

2021年3月26日

For today’s visit, we are digging deeper in Osaka and the city’s history.  Let’s visit Tamatsukuri Fushimi Inari shrine.  

You probably have already heard the name “Fushimi Inari” right ? you know, THE shrine in Kyoto famous for its +1000 red torii gates. Well, there are in fact hundreds of Fushimi shrines around Japan.  Kyoto’s Fushimi happened to be the head shrine, but today we will visit one of Osaka’s Fushimi Shrines. 

Situated just 5 min walk from Tamatsukuri station ( near Osaka Castle).  Even though the shrine is quite small, it has a long and interesting story:

Due to its location ( near Osaka Castle), Tamatsukuri was at the center of the “Osaka siege” during the Sengoku war. The siege of Osaka Castle was a series of battles undertaken by the Tokugawa shogunate against the Toyotomi clan (powerful samurais), and ending in that clan’s destruction. 

You will be able to find some interesting remains of this epic battle around the shrine. 

Tamatsukuri fushimi Inari shrine is said to have a 2000 years history but the current buildings are post-war reconstructions. As often with Japanese shrines, you will find a main shrine, and many sub-shrines on the same grounds.  At Tamatsukuri, you will find 2 interesting “power spots” ( spiritual spots).

Yonazuga Daimyojin sub-shrine:  Yonazuga  can be translated as “placenta” ( yes I know!, Yuk!). It is said that Toyotomi Hideyori’s mother’s placenta was buried here after she gave birth to him. It is believed that the bond between  a mother and child can not be destroyed, and therefore today, Yonazuga Daimyojin serve as a deity for people who want to strengthen their bonds: was it love, work, friendship or anything else. 

 

The next “must-see” at Tamatsukuri Fushimi Inari Shrine ( and my favourite) is the Torii you can see at the back of the shrine. The Torri has a long history and a deep meaning for the people living in the area. 

After the Winter siege of Osaka, the grounds around the castle were on fire and everything was destroyed except this torri, an offering from Toyotomi Hideyori. The torri stood strong for hundreds of years near the Castle, it also survived the War Bombing above Osaka until it finally fell after the Kobe earthquake of 1995.  After the devastating earthquake, the remaining top part of the torri was moved to Tamatsukuri shrine. It is now a symbol of strongness. 

 

As any other Fushimi Inari shrine across Japan, you will find a lot of cute foxes statues and Ema ( wooden wishing plates) around the shrine.  The ema you can find here are particularly cute : 2 foxes “bonded” together in a heart shape.  A must get for anyone who wishes for a strong love bond! 

Off the beaten tracks, Tamatsukuri Shrine will make a nice, short visit in the middle of one of Osaka’s busiest districts.

After visiting the Tamatsukuri Fushimi Inari Shrine, why don’t you continue your exploration with the Osaka Castle and Park. Both are just a 5 min walk from the shrine. 

See you soon with another  Osaka’s adventure !

 

l welcome you my neighborhood『Fukushima』

2021年3月22日

※※※ The part written in Italic letters are Spanish ※※※

Hello! I’m YUMEKO.

I live in Fukushima, exactly Fukushima ward in Osaka city, not Fukushima prefecture.

Fukushima ward is located a little bit northwest from central Osaka, and it’s possible to go to Umeda by walk about 15 minutes.

I love this area so much, because there are many beautiful and exciting spots in my neighborhood along Naniwasuji street between Fukushima station and Dojima river, it’s almost 700 meters.And it has both stylish and nostalgy atmosphere.

Hola ! Soy YUMEKO.

Yo vivo en Fukushima,exactamente barrio de Fukushima en la ciudad de Osaka,defarente de provincia de Fukushima.

Barrio de Fukushima esta situado un poco noroeste desde centro de la ciudad de Osaka,y puedo ir a Umeda con pie ,se tarda 15 minuto mas o menos.

Me gusta este barrio muchishimo,porque hay muchos lugares hermosos y emocionantes en mi vecindad a lo largo de Avenida de Naniwasuji mientre estación de Fukushima y Río Dojima, casi 700 metros. Ademas, tiene un ambiente ambos de elegante y nostálgico.

Between Fukushima station and Route 2…surrounded by many shops, many different kinds of restaurants and bar and cafeteria, office buildings and hotel(HOTEL HANSHIN).

Above all there are many Ramen, Udon and Donburi, Stake restaurants, grilled chicken, Japanese style Izakaya and wine bar, it’s so exciting to walk around here.

Mientre Estación de Fukushima Estación y Ruta2..esta rodeado de muchas tiendas, muchos varios de restaurantes y tabernas y cafeterías, edificios de oficinas y hotel(HOTEL HANSHIN).

Sobre todo hay mucho restaurante de Ramen, Udon and Donburi(cuenco de arroz con comida),carne asado y “Izakaya” taberna estillo de Japones,bar de vino, siemple paseando por aquí es muy emocionante.

Walking to south, between Route 2 and Dojima river…there are many shops and restaurants also, but  the the atmosphere you can find is changed a little bit calmer because around here is more residential there are from apartment to condominium like skyscraper. I live around here, but which one I live…depend on your imagine.

Andando más sur, mientre Ruta2 y Río Dojima…hay algunas tiendas y restaurantes también,pero pueden les encontrar ambiente un poco cambiado más tranquilo, por aquí es más residencial hay desde  apartamentos hasta condominios como rascacielos. Yo vivo por aquí,pero cual es yo vivo…depende de su image.

And around here, there is a shrine it’s called“Fukushima Tenmangu”.

It’s tiny but adored by many people as a one of the “Tenmangu” that exist approximately 12,000 in Japan.

All of “Tenmangu” are dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane who is known as “God of academic”. Why?

Sugawara no Michizane is a historical figure who read poems at the age of 5 and wrote Chinese poems at the age of 11. His superior talent is what led to the dissemination of the “Tenjin faith” throughout Japan. To this day, many students that pray for passing the entrance examinations.

 

Y por aquí, hay un santuario se llama “Fukushima Tenmangu”.

Aunque es pequeño,mucha gente adran como uno de “Tenmangu” que hay 12,000 más o menos en Japon.

Todos los “Tenmangu” deificado Sugawara no Michizane lo conocen “Dios del academico”. ¿Porpue?

Sugawara no Michizane es figura de la história que leyó a la edad de 5 años y escribió poemas chinos a la edad de 11.Su talento superior es lo que llevó a la diseminación de la “Fe Tenjin“en todo el Japón.

Ahora muchos etudiantes visitan a rezar para pasar el examen de admisión.

Next from “Fukushima Tenmangu”,there are UDON restaurant “Sanku”and ODEN restaurant “Hanakujira”.

They are very famous and popular, many people used to wait in front of the store before Covid-19, nowadays they offer take-out service.

A lado del Fukushima Tenmangu,pueden encontrar restaurantes UDON se llama“Sanku” y ODEN se llama“Hanakujira”.

UDON es fideos gruesos y ODEN es cazuera de varios de verduras y pastas de pezcaso y huevo hervido en sopa caliente.

Ambos de ellos son muy famoso y popular, ante de covid-19 mucha gente esperaba siempre para tomarlos enfrente de tienda,ahora sirven las comida para llevar.

 

Finally reached beside Dojima river, on the east side there is TV station and behind it exists a courtyard surrounded by commercial buildings and condominiums like skyscrapers that comfortable place for relaxation filled with trees and seasonal flowers. This whole area is called “Hotarumachi”.  I often come this place to relax.

Por fin llegado al lado del río Dojima, a lado de este hay estación de televisión y detrás de esa existe un patio rodeando de edificios comerciales y condominios como rascacielos que lugare de recreo relleno de arboles y flores de temporada. Toda esta área se llama “Hotarumachi”. A menudo, yo vengo este lugar para relajarse.

Next month, we are in the middle of spring, and season of more various flowers such as cherry blossoms, azalea, wisteria, and rose.

It’s most of my favorite season and I’m looking forward to this spring 2021!

Thank you for your reading, and see you the next!

Proximo mes, estamos en pleno primavera, y estación de más varios de flores por ejemplo flores de cerezo, azalea, glicina,y rosa.

Me gusta más esta estación todo del año y eperando que será de esta primavera 2021.

Gracias por su leer y hasta la próxima!

 

 

How to complete 10th anniversary special mission !!

2021年3月12日

Hello, everyone!

This is Yoki. It is quite sudden, but Team Travel Kuramoto was 10th anniversary of foundation on 8th March of this year!!

And we, team members, wanted to give something special to our boss secretly, and prepared a surprise gift from a month ago below the surface.

First of all, we wanted to have him drink wine in the best condition as he loves one very much.
So we prepared a wine glass of RIEDEL whose glasses are shaped according to the grape variety. If you have an opportunity, please give it a try.

And put our company’s logo on it. Then we put the message on the bottom of the glass

” A Toast to 10years 2011-2021 Kampai!”

Next, we prepared a bottle of wine.

In addition, Amo made our company’s original label on it!!

I’m sure she can be a designer!!

Now the mission of the gifts was completed!
Let’s prepare message cards next!!

Amo made also the great message cards like flight tickets. Then each message card was lined up into the frame.

It’s cool, isn’t it?? 🙂

After that, we considered how to give these presents to our boss…..then……

Finally, the day of 10th anniversary was coming! It was Monday.
We have an internal meeting every Monday morning.
When the serious meeting is about to end, Yumeko said suddenly,
“Hey Boss, I want to show everyone some movie. Could you give me some time?”
Our boss had a strange look on his face. “Yes, sure.”
The next moment, the video summarized of Team Travel Kuramoto’s for the past 10 years was playing!!
To tell the truth, Yumeko and Yuko staying late at the office the day before to make this movie!!

 Boss was too surprised and solidified for a while. lol

After that, we gave him the presents.Look at his wonderful smile!!!

So the 10th anniversary special surprise was a great success!!!

We all did our best to make the anniversary successful!!!

What??? Did you say something?????
Ohhh!! You mean what the hell did I do????
…………aghhhhh……

There is one thing that I learned a lot about this time!!!

“””Women are more reliable for the surprise gift than men!!!”””

Anyway, Thanks everyone so much for always kind support for Team Travel Kuramoto!!!

A toast to 10 years!!!! Kampaaaaaai!!!!!!

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