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The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Haruki Danjiri Matsuri festivals are held during the weekend before Respect for Aged Day (national holiday) which is the third Mon. in Sept. The Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri is held near Nankai Kishiwada Station (pictured).623 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up459 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady447 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady398 views
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka365 views
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Osaka Castle tower closeup315 views
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A symbol of Osaka and one of Japan's largest reconstructed castles. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. 302 viewsThe castle tower was reconstructed in 1931 and underwent major renovation during 1995-97 and serves as a very modern history museum. Closest station is Osaka-jo Koen Station.
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine is dedicated to Ebisu, one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, representing business prosperity. On Jan. 9-11 (centering on the 10th), the shrine holds one of Japan's largest Toka Ebisu festivals to pray for good business. 278 viewsThe festival is perhaps Japan's most commercial festival where souvenirs and trinkets for business prosperity are sold. Photo: The road from the subway station to the shrine is decorated.
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Castle map274 views
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Inside castle tower271 views
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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247 viewsOne 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.
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Portable shrine 船渡御 玉御神輿奉安240 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, Osaka239 views
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Inside castle tower231 views
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Stone wall pattern230 views
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Expo '70 Time Capsule213 viewsThe plaque reads that the time capsule is to be opened in 5000 years or the year 6970. It can also be opened at the start of each century. I wonder if it was opened in 2001.
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka213 views
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Shachihoko210 views
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Who says money can't buy happiness?207 views
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Moat204 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge202 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers, Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka 花傘199 views
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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.198 views
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View of castle from Nakanoshima197 views
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Castle tower196 viewsIt is modeled after the tower built by the Tokugawa shogunate who made it bigger than the castle Toyotomi Hideyoshi had built. One reason why it's such a big castle.
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The Boat Procession (Funa-togyo) is the Tenjin Matsuri festival's main event.196 views
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka195 views
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Stone wall pattern188 views
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.188 views
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At Hirakata Koen Station (Keihan Line), I was surprised to see this Malasada shop on the train platform.186 views
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玉御神輿奉安176 views
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Outer moat and Sengan Turret170 views
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Castle tower balcony168 views
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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.168 views
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Aoya-mon Gate167 viewsRebuilt in 1970. Although this is not the main or front gate, it is the closest castle gate to Osaka-jo Koen Station.

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Kishiwada Castle167 views
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Slope to castle tower166 views
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Castle tower162 viewsThis picture was taken before the 1995-97 renovation.
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Ebisu decorations161 views
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Castle tower, reconstructed in 1931, was renovated in 1995-97.160 viewsThe exterior walls are gleaming white and bright gold ornaments shine in the sun.
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Castle tower balcony160 views
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Hawaii spent only one night in Japan. They didn't see much here. Hope they spend more time in Japan next time.159 views
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One of the largest stones158 views
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Money pit158 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge155 viewsMeans Paradise Bridge. The original bridge was wooden. Rebuilt in 1965. It connects the Yamazato-maru section with the Ninomaru section.

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Castle tower balcony155 views
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Stone wall pattern155 views
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In 2006, a rare folding screen painting showing Osaka Castle during Hideyoshi's years in early 17th century was found at Schloss Eggenberg Castle in Austria.153 viewshttp://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/schloss_eggenberg/saka-zu-bybu-1
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka153 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船153 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge151 views
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Castle tower151 views
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Sakura-mon Gate with kadomatsu New Year's decoration150 views
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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150 views
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The original Osaka Castle built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi was actually buried (smothered) by the Tokugawa and a new castle was built on it. Aoya-mon Gate 青屋門. Rebuilt in 1970.148 views
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About the castle147 views
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Lion dance146 views
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Kadomatsu at castle tower entrance144 viewsNew Year's decoration
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Otemon Gate143 views大手門
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The castle's fourth and fifth largest stones.143 viewsBrought by the Tokugawa during construction. Next to Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate.
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Chigo child143 views
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The Land Procession is one of the festival's two main events. It starts with a group of taiko drummers.142 views
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Inner moat141 views
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View from castle tower141 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater Museum141 views
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.140 views
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To ride these boats, you have to be a member of a shrine parish or supporting group.140 views
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Otemon Gate in the distance139 views
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View of Nishinomaru Garden from castle tower138 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate138 viewsJapan's largest turret of this type where the turret above is integrated with the gate below. First built in 1628, reconstructed in 1848 and renovated in 1969.

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Moyo-oshi Daiko. Also see my video at YouTube. 催太鼓138 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration137 viewsRight side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Castle tower134 views
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.134 views
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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131 views
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine129 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration128 viewsLeft side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate125 views
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Mother and twins in yukata125 views
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Castle tower124 views
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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.124 views
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Osaka Castle was built on the foundations of Ishiyama Honganji, a fortress-like temple.123 views
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Ningyo-bune 人形船121 views
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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121 views
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Castle tower120 views
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Castle tower entrance118 views
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Sengan Turret near Otemon Gate117 viewsOne of the castle's oldest remaining buildings built in 1620. Underwent major restoration in 1961. Overlooking the outer moat.

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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine115 views
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.115 views
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka114 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maiden112 views
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Near Otemon Gate111 views
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.111 views
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The boat carrying the portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. 御鳳輦奉安船111 views
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Sculpture in Wanpaku Okoku, Hannan, Osaka.111 views
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Path to castle tower110 views
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Taiko drummers at the shrine's Otorii gate. 催太鼓110 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers 花傘110 views
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Group photo. Too bad they didn't face the crowd.110 views
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.108 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.108 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens108 views
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Castle tower107 views
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Here you go...107 views
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.106 views
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Sarutahiko on horseback 猿田彦105 views
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I wish they at least said "Aloha" to the crowd. After all, they came all the way from Hawaii for the first time.105 views
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Near Otemon Gate104 views
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Inside National Bunraku Puppet Theater. Photography is not allowed during the plays. Bunraku puppets can perform feats which human actors cannot. This can make it interesting. Bring binoculars though.102 views
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Danjiri float 地車100 views
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.99 views
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The boats are numerous. About 100 of them go up and down the river.99 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up98 views
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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.98 views
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They run while pulling the danjiri floats while a man on the float's roof dances and prances with two fans. They pass by very quickly, unlike other float festivals. This is in front of Kishiwada Station.98 views
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.97 views
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.96 views
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People patting a lucky mirror?96 views
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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96 views
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.94 views
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Sacred dance performed at cost.94 views
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花傘94 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater at night.93 views
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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.93 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.92 views
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Geisha on palanquin.92 views
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Kishiwada Castle moat92 views
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Portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. This is the most important thing in the procession. 御鳳輦91 views
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.90 views
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.90 views
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.90 views
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Hanagasa dancers 花傘90 views
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Hannan manhole, Osaka.90 views
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Most pf the danjiri festival girls had braided scalps, sometimes in a flowery pattern.. 90 views
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Kishiwada manhole with castle motif, Osaka.90 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi89 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens89 views
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.88 views
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Danjiri float 地車88 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船88 views
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.86 views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
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The fire, fueled by LP gas, is on a corporate-sponsored boat, used for illumination. 大篝86 views
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Higashi-mon east gate85 views
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."85 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.84 views
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Geisha on a palanquin84 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.84 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri84 views
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).82 views
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Geisha82 views
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Yamanaka-dani Station 山中渓駅 on the Hanwa Line between Osaka and Wakayama.81 views
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Higashi-mon east gate80 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady80 views
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These boats will carry portable shrines.80 views
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Boat corner80 views
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Haruki Station79 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater. Bunraku is over 370 years old, even older than kabuki. 78 views
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Ebisu on a palanquin.78 views
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Yamanaka-dani Station is one of the most beautiful train stations in spring. It is also the least busy station on the Hanwa Line.78 views
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Crowded walking path along Okawa River. Most people view the festival from the riverside.77 views
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Fuku-musume Lucky Maiden76 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi75 views
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Shrine priest75 views
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船渡御75 views
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More stalls behind the shrine.74 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips74 views
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Shishimai lion dance74 views
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Okawa River 大川74 views
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Yamanaka-dani Station is lined with 1,000 cherry trees on both sides of the track. They bloom in early April.74 views
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠73 views
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.73 views
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Geisha72 views
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A large crane is used to carry the portable shrines onto the boats.72 views
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船渡御72 views
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Crowd near Tenjin-bashi Bridge.71 views
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Tugboats pull these huge barges.71 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Kishiwada Castle70 views
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Slim-looking Ebisu69 views
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Haruki Danjiri Matsuri poster69 views
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The parade ended at 5 pm. They then mounted paper lanterns on the floats for the night parade. Same as the night before. But I left Kishiwada before 7 pm when the night parade started.69 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cart68 views
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashi67 views
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The boats are large barges.67 views
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Portable shrine 御羽車66 views
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Cart for the Lucky Maiden65 views
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Wanpaku Okoku61 views
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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.58 viewsVery easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go.
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Wanpaku Okoku56 views
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Only a small crowd of a few hundred attended.56 views
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JR Osaka Station54 views
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Amusement park called Wanpaku Okoku. わんぱく王国52 views
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