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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).621 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up453 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady440 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady392 views
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka360 views
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Osaka Castle tower closeup311 views
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A symbol of Osaka and one of Japan's largest reconstructed castles. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. 300 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. 276 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 map272 views
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Inside castle tower269 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244 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238 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, Osaka237 views
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Inside castle tower229 views
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Stone wall pattern228 views
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Expo '70 Time Capsule211 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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Shachihoko208 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka208 views
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Who says money can't buy happiness?203 views
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Moat202 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge200 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.196 views
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View of castle from Nakanoshima195 views
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Castle tower194 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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Hanagasa umbrella dancers, Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka 花傘193 views
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The Boat Procession (Funa-togyo) is the Tenjin Matsuri festival's main event.191 views
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka190 views
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Stone wall pattern186 views
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.186 views
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At Hirakata Koen Station (Keihan Line), I was surprised to see this Malasada shop on the train platform.185 views
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玉御神輿奉安174 views
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Outer moat and Sengan Turret168 views
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Castle tower balcony166 views
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Aoya-mon Gate165 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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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.165 views
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Slope to castle tower164 views
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Kishiwada Castle163 views
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Castle tower160 viewsThis picture was taken before the 1995-97 renovation.
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Ebisu decorations159 views
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Castle tower, reconstructed in 1931, was renovated in 1995-97.158 viewsThe exterior walls are gleaming white and bright gold ornaments shine in the sun.
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Castle tower balcony158 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.158 views
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One of the largest stones156 views
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Money pit154 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge153 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 balcony153 views
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Stone wall pattern153 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.151 viewshttp://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/schloss_eggenberg/saka-zu-bybu-1
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船151 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge149 views
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Castle tower149 views
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Sakura-mon Gate with kadomatsu New Year's decoration148 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147 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 1970.146 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka146 views
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About the castle145 views
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Kadomatsu at castle tower entrance142 viewsNew Year's decoration
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Otemon Gate141 views大手門
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The castle's fourth and fifth largest stones.141 viewsBrought by the Tokugawa during construction. Next to Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate.
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Lion dance141 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater Museum140 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.140 views
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Inner moat139 views
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View from castle tower139 views
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.138 views
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Chigo child138 views
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Otemon Gate in the distance137 views
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View of Nishinomaru Garden from castle tower136 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate136 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136 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration135 viewsRight side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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To ride these boats, you have to be a member of a shrine parish or supporting group.135 views
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Castle tower132 views
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.132 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129 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration126 viewsLeft side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine126 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate123 views
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Mother and twins in yukata123 views
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Castle tower122 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.122 views
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Osaka Castle was built on the foundations of Ishiyama Honganji, a fortress-like temple.121 views
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Ningyo-bune 人形船119 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119 views
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Castle tower118 views
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Castle tower entrance116 views
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Sengan Turret near Otemon Gate115 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 Shrine113 views
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka112 views
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.111 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maiden110 views
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Near Otemon Gate109 views
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The boat carrying the portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. 御鳳輦奉安船109 views
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Group photo. Too bad they didn't face the crowd.109 views
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Path to castle tower108 views
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.108 views
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Taiko drummers at the shrine's Otorii gate. 催太鼓108 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers 花傘108 views
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.106 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens106 views
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Sculpture in Wanpaku Okoku, Hannan, Osaka.106 views
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Castle tower105 views
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Here you go...105 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.105 views
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.104 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.104 views
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Sarutahiko on horseback 猿田彦103 views
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Near Otemon Gate102 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.101 views
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Danjiri float 地車98 views
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.97 views
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The boats are numerous. About 100 of them go up and down the river.97 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up96 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.96 views
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.95 views
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.94 views
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People patting a lucky mirror?94 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94 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.93 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater at night.92 views
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.92 views
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Sacred dance performed at cost.92 views
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花傘92 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.90 views
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Geisha on palanquin.90 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.89 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89 views
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.88 views
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.88 views
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.88 views
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Hanagasa dancers 花傘88 views
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Kishiwada Castle moat88 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi87 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens87 views
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.86 views
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Danjiri float 地車86 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船86 views
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Hannan manhole, Osaka.85 views
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Most pf the danjiri festival girls had braided scalps, sometimes in a flowery pattern.. 85 views
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Kishiwada manhole with castle motif, Osaka.85 views
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.84 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84 views
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."83 views
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Higashi-mon east gate82 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.82 views
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Geisha on a palanquin82 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.82 views
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).80 views
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Geisha80 views
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Yamanaka-dani Station 山中渓駅 on the Hanwa Line between Osaka and Wakayama.80 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri79 views
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These boats will carry portable shrines.78 views
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Boat corner78 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater. Bunraku is over 370 years old, even older than kabuki. 77 views
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Higashi-mon east gate77 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady77 views
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Haruki Station77 views
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Ebisu on a palanquin.76 views
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Crowded walking path along Okawa River. Most people view the festival from the riverside.75 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.75 views
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Fuku-musume Lucky Maiden74 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi73 views
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Shrine priest73 views
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船渡御73 views
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More stalls behind the shrine.72 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips72 views
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Shishimai lion dance72 views
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Okawa River 大川72 views
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠71 views
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.71 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.71 views
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Geisha70 views
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A large crane is used to carry the portable shrines onto the boats.70 views
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Crowd near Tenjin-bashi Bridge.69 views
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Tugboats pull these huge barges.69 views
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Slim-looking Ebisu67 views
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Haruki Danjiri Matsuri poster67 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.67 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cart66 views
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashi65 views
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The boats are large barges.65 views
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Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri and Kishiwada Castle65 views
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Portable shrine 御羽車64 views
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Cart for the Lucky Maiden63 views
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Wanpaku Okoku60 views
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Wanpaku Okoku55 views
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Only a small crowd of a few hundred attended.55 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.55 viewsVery easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go.
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Amusement park called Wanpaku Okoku. わんぱく王国51 views
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JR Osaka Station51 views
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