Last additions - Osaka city 大阪市
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The inside of the taiko drums is covered with gold leaf for better sound.Sep 17, 2016
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Large taiko shop (TaikoMasa) near Ashiharabashi Station on the Loop Line. This area has a number of taiko shops. Their quality taiko drums are made of zelkova wood (keyaki). They also make the taiko drums used in the Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri.Sep 17, 2016
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Drunken man inside Shin-Osaka Station.Sep 17, 2016
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Bunraku puppet displayed inside Shin-Osaka Station.Sep 17, 2016
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Shin-Osaka Station's shinkansen turnstile.Sep 17, 2016
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Bento to Mixed Plate exhibition in 2001 at National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.Sep 17, 2016
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Osaka subways are more international than in Tokyo. This destination sign is displayed in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. In Tokyo, we only see Japanese and English.Sep 17, 2016
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Honolulu Coffee in Dotonbori, OsakaSep 17, 2016
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HalloweenSep 17, 2016
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Lots of indoor shopping arcades.Sep 17, 2016
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Besides neon signs, shops, restaurants, and boardwalks, there are boat cruises along the canal in Dotonbori.Sep 17, 2016
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Lots of tourists. Dotonbori is quite a spectacle at night.Sep 17, 2016
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Boardwalks along the canal.Sep 17, 2016
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SushiSep 17, 2016
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Gyoza restaurant in this retro area.Sep 17, 2016
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Restaurant row is fun too. Crab restaurant Kani Dōraku's crab sign has been here since 1960.Sep 17, 2016
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So this clown was moved here, not far from its original location.Sep 17, 2016
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Another Dotonbori icon is Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drum-playing clown that used to be the mascot of a restaurant that has since closed.Sep 17, 2016
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Lots of neon signs, like Ginza in Tokyo.Sep 17, 2016
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Welcome to Dotonbori!Sep 17, 2016
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Ebisubashi Bridge or the "pick-up" bridge. However, it is regularly patrolled by police to prevent solicitations.Sep 17, 2016
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Glico Man at Dotonbori.Sep 17, 2016
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Eiffel Tower and Glico Man.Sep 17, 2016
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Rome's Colosseum and Glico Man.Sep 17, 2016
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Interesting to watch how the background changes. Sep 17, 2016
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The Glico Man is also very famous in Asia, with many Asian tourists posing with it.Sep 17, 2016
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The Glico Man sign uses LED now. The tourists mimic the Glico Man's pose. The area is regularly patrolled by the police so it's less sleazy than before.Sep 17, 2016
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Dotonbori is Osaka's most famous evening entertainment district with neon lights, shops, restaurants, riverside boardwalks, boat rides, and big-city hustle and bustle.Sep 17, 2016
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The Grand Front Osaka complex next to Osaka Station opened in April 2013.Apr 14, 2014
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Inside Grand Front Osaka, this coffee shop from Hawaii (serving Kona coffee) with a long line of people waiting to get in. We couldn't wait and reluctantly went to Starbucks instead.Apr 14, 2014
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Rooftop garden for rent.Apr 14, 2014
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The new station buildings also have pleasant rooftop parks with a view.Apr 14, 2014
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JR Osaka StationApr 14, 2014
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There are great spots to just sit or meet up with a friend. Apr 14, 2014
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Inside Osaka Station.Apr 14, 2014
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The pedestrian bridge above the train tracks gives a bird's-eye view of all or most of the tracks. I could never figure out Osaka Station until now.Apr 14, 2014
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JR Osaka Station's new terminal building opened on May 4, 2011. Great improvement. It has a simple lean-to roof that creates some space to build bridges and plazas above the train tracks.Very easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go. Apr 14, 2014
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Horrendous crowd gathers to watch the fireworks, the festival's climax. The festival ends at 10 pm when the procession returns to the shrine.Apr 06, 2007
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The boat carrying the portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. 御鳳輦奉安船Apr 06, 2007
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Portable shrine 船渡御 玉御神輿奉安Apr 06, 2007
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船Apr 06, 2007
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This is the most important boat in the procession. It holds a ceremony called the Senjo-sai (船上祭) in the middle of the river to celebrate Sugawara Michizane's birthday. 御鳳輦奉安船Apr 06, 2007
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Boat cornerApr 06, 2007
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Tugboats pull these huge barges.Apr 06, 2007
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To ride these boats, you have to be a member of a shrine parish or supporting group.Apr 06, 2007
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Ningyo-bune 人形船Apr 06, 2007
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船渡御Apr 06, 2007
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The fire, fueled by LP gas, is on a corporate-sponsored boat, used for illumination. 大篝Apr 06, 2007
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Most of the boats carry parishioners who eat bento on the boats while sometimes looking at photographers shooting them from a bridge overhead.Apr 06, 2007
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The Boat Procession started at 7 pm on Okawa River. These boats are called Dondoko. どんどこ船 大川 船渡御Apr 06, 2007
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The boats are numerous. About 100 of them go up and down the river.Apr 06, 2007
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The boats are large barges.Apr 06, 2007
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By 6 pm, shrine parishioners started boarding boats near Tenjin-bashi Bridge, the starting point of the Boat Procession. These are supporter's boats.Apr 06, 2007
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船Apr 06, 2007
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Okawa River 大川Apr 06, 2007
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Crowded walking path along Okawa River. Most people view the festival from the riverside.Apr 06, 2007
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A large crane is used to carry the portable shrines onto the boats.Apr 06, 2007
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The Boat Procession (Funa-togyo) is the Tenjin Matsuri festival's main event.Apr 06, 2007
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Crowd near Tenjin-bashi Bridge.Apr 06, 2007
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These boats will carry portable shrines.Apr 06, 2007
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Portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. This is the most important thing in the procession. 御鳳輦Apr 06, 2007
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Mother and twins in yukataApr 06, 2007
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Shrine priestApr 06, 2007
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Portable shrine 御羽車Apr 06, 2007
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Chigo childApr 06, 2007
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers 花傘Apr 06, 2007
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Also see the video at YouTube.Apr 06, 2007
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers, Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka 花傘Apr 06, 2007
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Lion danceApr 06, 2007
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花傘Apr 06, 2007
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Hanagasa dancers 花傘Apr 06, 2007
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Danjiri float 地車Apr 06, 2007
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Shishimai lion danceApr 06, 2007
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Danjiri float 地車Apr 06, 2007
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Moyo-oshi Daiko. Also see my video at YouTube. 催太鼓Apr 06, 2007
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About 3,000 people are in the procession which follows a 4 km route from the shrine to a boat landing near Tenjin-bashi Bridge on the Okawa River. 陸渡御Apr 06, 2007
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Sarutahiko on horseback 猿田彦Apr 06, 2007
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Taiko drummers at the shrine's Otorii gate. 催太鼓Apr 06, 2007
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The Land Procession is one of the festival's two main events. It starts with a group of taiko drummers.Apr 06, 2007
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Crowd at Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, the organizer of the Tenjin Festival and starting point of the festival's Land Procession called "Riku-togyo." 大阪天満宮One of Japan's Big Three Festivals (besides Kyoto's Gion Matsuri and Tokyo's Kanda Matsuri) is also Osaka's biggest summer festival held on July 24-25. These photos were taken on July 25, 2004. The festival has a procession starting from Tenmangu Shrine in the afternoon and a water procession on the river in the evening. Apr 06, 2007
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Spectators wait near Tenmangu Shrine's torii for the Land Procession (Riku-togyo) to start at 4 pm on July 25, the festival's 2nd day. The shrine is near Minami-morimachi Station on the Tanimachi subway line. 陸渡御Apr 06, 2007
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People patting a lucky mirror?Jan 16, 2007
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.Jan 16, 2007
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.Jan 16, 2007
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Another Shinsaibashi Top LadyJan 16, 2007
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Shinsaibashi Top LadyJan 16, 2007
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Miss Ebisu-bashiJan 16, 2007
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashiJan 16, 2007
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cartJan 16, 2007
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Cart for the Lucky MaidenJan 16, 2007
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Slim-looking EbisuJan 16, 2007
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Fuku-musume Lucky MaidenJan 16, 2007
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Geisha on a palanquinJan 16, 2007
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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Shinsaibashi Top LadyJan 16, 2007
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Ebisu on a palanquin.Jan 16, 2007
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.とんぼりリバーウォーク→大和屋→道頓堀東映→B1角座(10:00)→松竹座→戎橋橋詰→千日前国際劇場→吉本会館→今宮戎神社(12:10頃)→なんばCITY→高島屋→大丸→大和屋Jan 16, 2007
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GeishaJan 16, 2007
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Fuku-musume or Lucky MaidensJan 16, 2007
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-upJan 16, 2007
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-upJan 16, 2007
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.Jan 16, 2007
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.Jan 16, 2007
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Fuku-musume or Lucky MaidenJan 16, 2007
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Geisha on palanquin.Jan 16, 2007
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.Jan 16, 2007
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.Jan 16, 2007
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.Jan 16, 2007
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠Jan 16, 2007
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Omikuji fortune paper stripsJan 16, 2007
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."Jan 16, 2007
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More stalls behind the shrine.Jan 16, 2007
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Sacred dance performed at cost.Jan 16, 2007
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.Jan 16, 2007
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.Jan 16, 2007
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2007 is the Year of the Boar, decoration created by over 500 students at a local elementary and junior high school.Jan 16, 2007
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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Higashi-mon east gateJan 16, 2007
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.Jan 16, 2007
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Higashi-mon east gateJan 16, 2007
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.Jan 16, 2007
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.Jan 16, 2007
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.Jan 16, 2007
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.Jan 16, 2007
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.Jan 16, 2007
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).Jan 16, 2007
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Money pitJan 16, 2007
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Who says money can't buy happiness?Jan 16, 2007
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Here you go...Jan 16, 2007
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.Jan 16, 2007
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.Jan 16, 2007
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.Jan 16, 2007
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, OsakaJan 16, 2007
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.Jan 16, 2007
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu ShrineJan 16, 2007
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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.Jan 16, 2007
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