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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up537 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady522 views
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Another Shinsaibashi Top Lady473 views
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Geisha on a palanquin, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka447 views
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Osaka Castle tower closeup388 views
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A symbol of Osaka and one of Japan's largest reconstructed castles. Originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1583. 352 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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Castle map318 views
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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. 317 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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Inside castle tower310 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289 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279 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka276 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi, Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Jinja, Osaka274 views
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The Boat Procession (Funa-togyo) is the Tenjin Matsuri festival's main event.273 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers, Tenjin Matsuri, Osaka 花傘272 views
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Inside castle tower271 views
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Stone wall pattern271 views
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Who says money can't buy happiness?270 views
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Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka258 views
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Expo '70 Time Capsule251 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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Shachihoko249 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge247 views
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Moat244 views
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Castle tower240 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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View of castle from Nakanoshima237 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.236 views
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Stone wall pattern229 views
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Even gaijin shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes. Toka Ebisu, Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka227 views
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The shrine is surrounded by Ebisu street stalls.224 views
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Money pit222 views
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Lion dance222 views
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玉御神輿奉安218 views
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Chigo child217 views
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To ride these boats, you have to be a member of a shrine parish or supporting group.214 views
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Aoya-mon Gate210 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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Outer moat and Sengan Turret210 views
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Slope to castle tower208 views
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Path near the shrine is filled with street stalls selling Ebisu decorations and charms.206 views
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Castle tower balcony205 views
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Castle tower, reconstructed in 1931, was renovated in 1995-97.201 viewsThe exterior walls are gleaming white and bright gold ornaments shine in the sun.
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One of the largest stones200 views
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Castle tower200 viewsThis picture was taken before the 1995-97 renovation.
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Castle tower balcony198 views
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Stone wall pattern198 views
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Ebisu decorations197 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge196 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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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.195 viewshttp://www.museum-joanneum.at/en/schloss_eggenberg/saka-zu-bybu-1
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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 1970.194 views
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Castle tower balcony193 views
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Castle tower193 views
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Gokuraku-bashi Bridge190 views
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About the castle190 views
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Sakura-mon Gate with kadomatsu New Year's decoration189 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187 views
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Kadomatsu at castle tower entrance185 viewsNew Year's decoration
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The Land Procession is one of the festival's two main events. It starts with a group of taiko drummers.185 views
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Inner moat184 views
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The castle's fourth and fifth largest stones.182 viewsBrought by the Tokugawa during construction. Next to Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate.
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Moyo-oshi Daiko. Also see my video at YouTube. 催太鼓182 views
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Otemon Gate181 views大手門
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View from castle tower180 views
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View of Nishinomaru Garden from castle tower177 views
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Otemon Gate in the distance177 views
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Never-ending sales pitch on Toka Ebisu Day. All these good-looking girls make you wanna buy something.177 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration176 viewsRight side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate176 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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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173 views
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Castle tower172 views
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Mother and twins in yukata170 views
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Kimono-clad beauties, winners of some Miss contest.169 views
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Kadomatsu New Year's decoration168 viewsLeft side of Sakura-mon Gate.
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Castle tower167 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater Museum167 views
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Osaka Castle was built on the foundations of Ishiyama Honganji, a fortress-like temple.166 views
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Tamon Yagura Turret and Daimon Gate165 views
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Torii and entrance to Imamiya Ebisu Shrine164 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.164 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161 views
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Castle tower entrance159 views
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Ningyo-bune 人形船159 views
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Castle tower157 views
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Taiko drummers at the shrine's Otorii gate. 催太鼓156 views
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Sengan Turret near Otemon Gate155 viewsOne of the castle's oldest remaining buildings built in 1620. Underwent major restoration in 1961. Overlooking the outer moat.

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Path to castle tower151 views
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Near Otemon Gate150 views
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine150 views
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, Osaka150 views
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Shrine maidens happily sell and attach lucky decorations on the branches.150 views
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The boat carrying the portable shrine housing the spirit of Sugawara Michizane. 御鳳輦奉安船150 views
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Castle tower149 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maiden148 views
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Hanagasa umbrella dancers 花傘148 views
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The Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens are all nice-looking.146 views
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Sarutahiko on horseback 猿田彦146 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.145 views
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Near Otemon Gate144 views
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The shrine rakes in the money on its most important day of the year, Jan. 10.144 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens144 views
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Here you go...142 views
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A giant umbrella serves as the roof.141 views
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Danjiri float 地車140 views
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The boats are numerous. About 100 of them go up and down the river.140 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.138 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi Runner-up134 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134 views
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New Year's decorations trashed at the shrine to be burned.133 views
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花傘133 views
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Good-looking shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.132 views
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People patting a lucky mirror?132 views
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Giving out free bamboo branches under the giant umbrella.131 views
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Sacred dance performed at cost.130 views
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Danjiri float 地車130 views
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Hanagasa dancers 花傘130 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130 views
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Also see the video at YouTube. どんどこ船130 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.128 views
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Replenishing the supply of bamboo branches.128 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.128 views
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Shrine maidens decorate bamboo branches or rakes.127 views
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Geisha on palanquin.127 views
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The small bamboo branches festoon the huge crowd on Jan. 10.126 views
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The procession includes geisha and other celebrities.125 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi125 views
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Fuku-musume or Lucky Maidens125 views
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The fire, fueled by LP gas, is on a corporate-sponsored boat, used for illumination. 大篝125 views
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People line up to decorate their free bamboo branches with various lucky decorations.124 views
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Also see the video at YouTube.123 views
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Hauling away the old New Year's decorations.122 views
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Fully-loaded "lucky rake."122 views
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船渡御122 views
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Start of the procession's return trip from the shrine.121 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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Higashi-mon east gate120 views
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These boats will carry portable shrines.120 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips for sale at 200 yen.119 views
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Geisha on a palanquin119 views
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Geisha118 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater at night.117 views
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Empty branches waiting for all the trimmings (at a price).117 views
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Crowded walking path along Okawa River. Most people view the festival from the riverside.117 views
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Okawa River 大川117 views
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Boat corner117 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.117 viewsVery easy to get your bearings and remember which way to go wherever you wanna go.
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Higashi-mon east gate115 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady115 views
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Shishimai lion dance114 views
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JR Osaka Station114 views
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Ebisu on a palanquin.113 views
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Shrine priest113 views
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Fuku-musume Lucky Maiden112 views
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Tugboats pull these huge barges.112 views
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A large crane is used to carry the portable shrines onto the boats.111 views
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船渡御111 views
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Omikuji fortune paper strips110 views
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Miss Ebisu-bashi110 views
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More stalls behind the shrine.109 views
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Good Luck Palanquin procession on Jan. 10. They are entering the shrine's East Gate. 宝恵駕籠108 views
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Even a bunraku puppet walks in the parade.108 views
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Geisha108 views
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Crowd near Tenjin-bashi Bridge.108 views
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The boats are large barges.108 views
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Portable shrine 御羽車105 views
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Slim-looking Ebisu104 views
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Shinsaibashi Top Lady cart103 views
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Cart for Miss Ebisu-bashi103 views
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National Bunraku Puppet Theater. Bunraku is over 370 years old, even older than kabuki. 102 views
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Cart for the Lucky Maiden100 views
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The inside of the taiko drums is covered with gold leaf for better sound.77 views
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Inside Osaka Station.66 views
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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.65 views
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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.63 views
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There are great spots to just sit or meet up with a friend. 63 views
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The new station buildings also have pleasant rooftop parks with a view.63 views
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