JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine on New Year's Day 住吉大社初詣
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Line.Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Line.Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Station's Shop Nankai shopping arcade.Jan 02, 2019
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Manhole in Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka.Jan 02, 2019
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The old and now -closed Sumiyoshi Koen Station for the tram.Jan 02, 2019
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Hankai Line tram at Sumiyoshi Torii-mae stop in front of Sumiyoshi Taisha. 阪堺線 住吉鳥居前停留場Jan 02, 2019
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Hankai Line tram at Sumiyoshi Torii-mae stop in front of Sumiyoshi Taisha. 阪堺線 住吉鳥居前停留場Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Park is across the train tracks from Sumiyoshi Taisha. Big park. 住吉公園Jan 02, 2019
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Food stalls on the way out.Jan 02, 2019
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Ama-zake was good too.Jan 02, 2019
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Free serving of hot ginger tea. That was good. Clears your nasal passages.Jan 02, 2019
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Grand tree at Sumiyoshi Taisha, Osaka.Jan 02, 2019
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Grand tree at Sumiyoshi Taisha, Osaka.Jan 02, 2019
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Decorative paddles with a cat.Jan 02, 2019
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Cat rice paddles.Jan 02, 2019
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Small cat figurines for sale.Jan 02, 2019
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About Hattatsu worship. 住吉大社 初辰まいりJan 02, 2019
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About Hattatsu worship. 住吉大社 初辰まいりJan 02, 2019
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Larger beckoning cat figurines at Nankun-sha cat shrine at Sumiyoshi Taisha.Jan 02, 2019
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Tiny beckoning cat figurines at Nankun-sha cat shrine at Sumiyoshi Taisha.Jan 02, 2019
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They have tiny, medium, and large cat statues that you can collect.Jan 02, 2019
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Nankun-sha cat shrine altar (楠珺社). It promotes "Hattatsu" worship. At Sumiyoshi Taisha, Osaka. 初辰まいりYou supposed to come here and worship monthly and collect a total of 48 cat figurines over a period of 24 years. Then you'll get the jackpot of family safety and business prosperity. It's based on a play of words with "48" (shijuhachi) that can be pronounced similarly to "shiju-hattatsu (始終発達) which means "constant advancement or development."Jan 02, 2019
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Inside Nankun-sha cat shrine (楠珺社). Jan 02, 2019
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Nankun-sha cat shrine (楠珺社). Jan 02, 2019
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Nankun-sha cat shrine (楠珺社). Jan 02, 2019
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Banners for the Nankun-sha cat shrine (楠珺社). It's behind Hongu No. 1.Jan 02, 2019
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Small shrine for a great tree.Jan 02, 2019
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New Year's souvenir arrows.Jan 02, 2019
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Rear of Wakamiya Hachimangu.Jan 02, 2019
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine, a secondary shrine of Sumiyoshi Taisha. Worships Hachiman (Emperor Ojin), the guardian deity of the samurai. 若宮八幡宮Hachiman (Emperor Ojin) was the son of Empress Jingu.Jan 02, 2019
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Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine, a secondary shrine of Sumiyoshi Taisha. The torii is unusual with the middle beam not sticking out the sides. 若宮八幡宮Jan 02, 2019
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Regular ema prayer tablet with Sorihashi Bridge. ¥800 絵馬Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha's ema prayer tablet for 2019, Year of the Boar. ¥1000 絵馬Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 4 shrine.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 3 shrine offertory pit.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 3 shrine in front of the altar protected by netting.Jan 02, 2019
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Rear view of Hongu No. 3 shrine.Jan 02, 2019
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Rear view of Hongu No. 3 and No. 4 shrines. Sumiyoshi-zukuri architectureJan 02, 2019
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Side view of Hongu No. 3.Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Hongu No. 3 and No. 4 shrines. Both are National Treasures. Hongu No. 4 worships Jingu Kogo (Empress Jingu 神功皇后).(第三本宮・第四本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Hongu No. 3 shrine, National Treasure. Worships Uwatsutsu no Onomikoto (表筒男命). (第三本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 3 shrine. (第三本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 4 shrine and Hongu No. 2 shrine.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine fence.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine. The Sumiyoshi-zukuri architecture has decorative ridgepoles.Jan 02, 2019
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Back of No. 2 Hongu shrine. Striking contrast with the dark brown, front part of the shrine. (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine offertory pit. A happy time for Shinto shrines. (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine offertory pit. (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine with netting to protect the altar from flyimg coins. (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 2 shrine. (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha Hongu No. 2 shrine, National Treasure. Worships Nakatsutsu no Onomikoto (中筒男命). (第二本宮)Jan 02, 2019
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Omikuji paper fortunes on New Year's Day.Jan 02, 2019
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People going to Hongu No. 1 shrine. Security staff direct and watch the crowd.Jan 02, 2019
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People going to Hongu No. 1 shrine (left). In the distance is the back of Hongu No. 2 shrine.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 1 shrine offertory pit.Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 1 shrine offertory pit.Jan 02, 2019
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In front of Hongu No. 1 shrine, shielded with plastic so the coins don't hit the altar or people inside.Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha's Hongu No. 1 shrine, a National Treasure. Osaka city. Worships Sokotsutsu no Onomikoto (底筒男命).Jan 02, 2019
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Go left through that gate to exit and to see the "cat shrine."Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha is the headquarters shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, about 600 of them. Most are in central and western Japan.Jan 02, 2019
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Crowd going to Hongu No. 1. You supposed to pray at Hongu No. 1 first, then you can pray at the other Hongu and secondary shrines. Jan 02, 2019
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Hongu No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 shrines worship a trio of gods called Sumiyoshi Okami (住吉大神). They are gods of the sea, waka poetry, agriculture and industries, traditional archery, and even sumo wrestling.Jan 02, 2019
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Crowd going to Hongu No. 1. Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha's main shrine consists of four shrines named Hongu No. 1, 2, 3, and 4 (本宮). Each Hongu is dedicated to a different deity and all four Hongu shrines are National Treasures. First you see Hongu No. 3 and 4 here. Jan 02, 2019
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Enter the shrine through the torii and gate ahead.Jan 02, 2019
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Enter the shrine through the torii and gate ahead.Jan 02, 2019
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Sorihashi Bridge (反橋) is a symbol of the shrine and one of the larger taikobashi.Jan 02, 2019
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On Sorihashi Bridge (反橋).Jan 02, 2019
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It has graduated steps.Jan 02, 2019
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Going up the shrine's arch bridge called Sorihashi (反橋).Jan 02, 2019
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Going up the shrine's taikobashi arch bridge called Sorihashi (反橋).Jan 02, 2019
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Pass through the first torii, then the taikobashi bridge.Jan 02, 2019
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One bottleneck was here, the tram line crossing. The crowd had to stop here whenever a tram passed through. The shrine is straight ahead.Jan 02, 2019
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It looks very crowded at Sumiyoshi Taisha, but it progressed quickly. Kept on walking most of the time.Jan 02, 2019
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Going through the Shop Nankai shopping arcade connected to the train station's exit.Jan 02, 2019
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From the train station platform before noon, we could see the crowd heading to the shrine. This crowd became less in the afternoon.Jan 02, 2019
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Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of Japan's three most popular shrines during New Year's (Jan. 1 to 3) seeing over 2 million worshippers. The main shrines are National Treasures since they are built in the unique Sumiyoshi-zukuri style. Nicknamed "Sumiyossan" by locals, Sumiyoshi Taisha is the headquarters shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, about 600 of them. Most are in central and western Japan. The shrine is a short walk from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Line and Hankai Line tram station. These photos were taken on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 2019, Year of the Boar. Jan 02, 2019
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