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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).630 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up482 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady469 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady421 views
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka387 views
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Osaka Castle tower closeup335 views
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A symbol of Osaka and one of Japan's largest reconstructed castles. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. 309 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. 285 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 map281 views
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Inside castle tower278 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254 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247 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, Osaka246 views
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Inside castle tower238 views
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Stone wall pattern237 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka230 views
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Who says money can't buy happiness?224 views
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Expo '70 Time Capsule220 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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Hanagasa umbrella dancers, Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka 花傘220 views
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The Boat Procession (Funa-togyo) is the Tenjin Matsuri festival's main event.218 views
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Shachihoko217 views
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka212 views
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Moat211 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge209 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.205 views
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View of castle from Nakanoshima204 views
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Castle tower203 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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Stone wall pattern195 views
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.195 views
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At Hirakata Koen Station (Keihan Line), I was surprised to see this Malasada shop on the train platform.193 views
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Kishiwada Castle186 views
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玉御神輿奉安183 views
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Outer moat and Sengan Turret177 views
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Money pit176 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka176 views
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Castle tower balcony175 views
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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.175 views
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Aoya-mon Gate174 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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Slope to castle tower173 views
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Lion dance171 views
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Castle tower169 viewsThis picture was taken before the 1995-97 renovation.
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Chigo child169 views
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Ebisu decorations168 views
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Castle tower, reconstructed in 1931, was renovated in 1995-97.167 viewsThe exterior walls are gleaming white and bright gold ornaments shine in the sun.
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Castle tower balcony167 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.166 views
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One of the largest stones165 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge162 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 balcony162 views
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Stone wall pattern162 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.160 viewshttp://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/schloss_eggenberg/saka-zu-bybu-1
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To ride these boats, you have to be a member of a shrine parish or supporting group.160 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船160 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge158 views
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Castle tower158 views
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Sakura-mon Gate with kadomatsu New Year's decoration157 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157 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 1970.155 views
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About the castle154 views
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Kadomatsu at castle tower entrance151 viewsNew Year's decoration
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Otemon Gate150 views大手門
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The castle's fourth and fifth largest stones.150 viewsBrought by the Tokugawa during construction. Next to Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate.
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The Land Procession is one of the festival's two main events. It starts with a group of taiko drummers.149 views
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Inner moat148 views
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View from castle tower148 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater Museum148 views
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.147 views
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Otemon Gate in the distance146 views
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View of Nishinomaru Garden from castle tower145 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate145 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145 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration144 viewsRight side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Castle tower141 views
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.141 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138 views
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine136 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration135 viewsLeft side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Sculpture in Wanpaku Okoku, Hannan, Osaka.134 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate132 views
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Mother and twins in yukata132 views
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Castle tower131 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.131 views
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Osaka Castle was built on the foundations of Ishiyama Honganji, a fortress-like temple.130 views
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Ningyo-bune 人形船128 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128 views
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Castle tower127 views
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Castle tower entrance125 views
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Sengan Turret near Otemon Gate124 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 Shrine122 views
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.122 views
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka121 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.120 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maiden119 views
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Near Otemon Gate118 views
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.118 views
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The boat carrying the portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. 御鳳輦奉安船118 views
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Path to castle tower117 views
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Taiko drummers at the shrine's Otorii gate. 催太鼓117 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers 花傘117 views
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Group photo. Too bad they didn't face the crowd.117 views
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.115 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.115 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens115 views
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Castle tower114 views
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Here you go...114 views
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.113 views
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Sarutahiko on horseback 猿田彦112 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.112 views
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Near Otemon Gate111 views
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Hannan manhole, Osaka.111 views
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Most pf the danjiri festival girls had braided scalps, sometimes in a flowery pattern.. 110 views
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Kishiwada Castle moat110 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.109 views
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Danjiri float 地車107 views
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Kishiwada manhole with castle motif, Osaka.107 views
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.106 views
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The boats are numerous. About 100 of them go up and down the river.106 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up105 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.105 views
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.104 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri104 views
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.103 views
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People patting a lucky mirror?103 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103 views
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.101 views
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Sacred dance performed at cost.101 views
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花傘101 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater at night.100 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.100 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.100 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.99 views
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Geisha on palanquin.99 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98 views
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.97 views
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.97 views
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.97 views
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Hanagasa dancers 花傘97 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi96 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens96 views
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.95 views
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Danjiri float 地車95 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船95 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.94 views
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.93 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93 views
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Yamanaka-dani Station 山中渓駅 on the Hanwa Line between Osaka and Wakayama.93 views
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Higashi-mon east gate92 views
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."92 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.91 views
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Geisha on a palanquin91 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.91 views
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).89 views
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Geisha89 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Kishiwada Castle89 views
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Higashi-mon east gate87 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady87 views
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These boats will carry portable shrines.87 views
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Boat corner87 views
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Haruki Station86 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater. Bunraku is over 370 years old, even older than kabuki. 85 views
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Ebisu on a palanquin.85 views
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Crowded walking path along Okawa River. Most people view the festival from the riverside.84 views
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Fuku-musume Lucky Maiden83 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi82 views
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Shrine priest82 views
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More stalls behind the shrine.81 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips81 views
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Shishimai lion dance81 views
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Okawa River 大川81 views
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠80 views
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.80 views
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Geisha79 views
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A large crane is used to carry the portable shrines onto the boats.79 views
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船渡御79 views
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Crowd near Tenjin-bashi Bridge.78 views
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Tugboats pull these huge barges.78 views
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Slim-looking Ebisu76 views
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Haruki Danjiri Matsuri poster76 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.76 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cart75 views
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashi74 views
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The boats are large barges.74 views
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Portable shrine 御羽車73 views
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Wanpaku Okoku73 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.73 viewsVery easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go.
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Cart for the Lucky Maiden72 views
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JR Osaka Station69 views
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Wanpaku Okoku68 views
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Amusement park called Wanpaku Okoku. わんぱく王国64 views
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Also see my video at YouTube.64 views
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