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Osaka Castle - Osaka

Located in Chuo-ku, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Osaka Castle ( 大坂城 or 大阪城,   Ōsaka-jō  ) is one of Japan's most famous castles. It also played a major role in the unification of Japan during the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Under the command of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Osaka Castle was built in 1563 on the site of the Ikko-ikki Temple of Ishiyama Hogan-ji. Toyotomi wanted the castle to look like that of the Azuchi Castle (Oda Nobunaga's headquarters) but it turned out much better. Osaka Castle was completed sometime in 1597, however, Toyotomi Hideyoshi died soon after. The castle was then passed to his son Toyotomi Hideyori. Map of Osaka Castle Park Gate going to the castle Eating ice cream at one of the stalls near the gate The Expo '70 Time Capsule Details of the capsule's opening date. Osaka Castle was built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock. The central castle building is five stories tall with an additional t

Hozenji - Osaka

Located not far from Dotonbori Bridge in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Hozenji  (法善寺)   is a very small temple tucked in the busy Dotonbori area. Hozen-ji Temple was built sometime in 1637. The temple pays homage to Fudo Myoo, one of the five Myoo or Wisdom Kings. These kings are said to be the guardians of Buddhism and more specifically the Five Wisdom Buddhas. Fudo Myoo is usually depicted holding a sword that represents wisdom that can cut through ignorance. He is usually accompanied by two smaller statues named Kongara and Seitako (they are his attendants). Going through the Hozen-ji Yokocho I'm wondering why there's a swastika there... You should be patient if you're visiting this place... I wonder what those are... The moss-covered statue Pilgrim sprinkling water at the moss-covered statue Can you see a smaller sitting statue? Unlike the bigger temples, worshipers do not toss coins as offering in Hozen-ji Temple. Instead, the

Dotonbori - Osaka

Located in the Namba District in Osaka City in Osaka Prefecture in Japan,  D ōtonbori   ( 道頓堀 ,  pronounced  [doːtomboɽi] ) is one of the principal tourist destinations of the city and the prefecture. The history of  D ōtonbori  (which means D ō ton's canal)  could be traced back to 1612 when a local entrepreneur, Yasui D ō ton began expanding the tiny Umezu River in hopes of increasing trade in the region. Sadly, his project was interrupted when he died defending Toyotomi Hideyori during the Siege of Osaka. (He was on the losing side though). His project was continued and finished by his cousins in 1615. The new lord of Osaka Castle, Tadaki Matsudaira named the canal and avenue beside it  D ō tonbori despite being on opposing side during the Siege of Osaka. D ō tonbori in the 1930s A marker at the Ebisu bridge D ō tonbori Canal In 1621, D ō tonbori was designated as the entertainment district of Osaka. By 1662, the avenue already had several Kabuki and Bunraku


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