Katsuoji

Katsuoji Temple (勝尾寺) was formerly written as “勝王寺” (meaning “temple that surpasses any kings”) because it was said that Buddhist prayers exceeded the Imperial power of the time. Later, since “王” (king) was replaced with “尾” (a kanji character with the same sound as “王”) to show constraint, the temple has been referred to as Katsuoji Temple “勝尾寺.” Supreme rulers in various periods in history had worshipped in Katsuoji Temple to pray for fortune in war and it is still known as a the temple of good luck at games.

It was a surprise that I have never found this place and thanks to a friend’s event I ended up here after several hours of hiking.

What’s amazing is the dolla of sizes found all over the temple.

It’s a little out of the way but definitely worth a visit.

Let’s take a tour 🙂

Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)

Let’s get inside. Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)
The dolls waiting for you at the gate.

Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)A small temple in the middle of a small pond. Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)
It’s all over the place.

Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)Even on this branch. Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)
On top of this signboard.

Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)This stone sign. Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)
And of course in front of this shrine.

Katsuoji ( 勝尾寺)

It comes in every size.

Unfortunately though, I was really tired after several hours of hiking that when I found these area where all the dolls are, I decided not to go all the way to the top. It seems you can actually buy the Daruma dolls on the temple on the top of the mountain. Prices vary depending on the size.

Entrance to the temple is 400 yen.

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Retro Osaka Buildings : Arai Building

新井(Arai) Building was original a bank back in 1922. It then became a restaurant in 1976 but unfortunately due to some safety issues the restaurant closed.

In 2005, a patry shop , Gokan opened in the first floor.

The building has 4 floors and 1 basement floor. Currently the upper floors are now office space for rent.

After we left Ikoma Building, we walked about 5 minutes passing by Nomura Building and met the building manager of Arai Building.

Nomura BuildingNomura Building, Side Design Walked up to the second floor and check some of the offices there. No getting inside though, just a peek. Then we walked all the way to the top floor and got a short history and overview of the building. Arai Building, going up
Going up!

The hallway!
Arai Building , the hallwayA cat design in one of the offices Arai Building , the cat :)

Arai Building, taking pictures of people taking picturesA short description of the window (?)

I found yelp ! Arai Building and Yelp

Here too!
Arai Building and Yelp

It was a fun day. I got to see another side of Osaka’s Historical Buildings and get to checkout how it looks inside.

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Retro Osaka Buildings : Ikoma Building

Hello hello , long time no hear or write. Had a few adventures lately and hopefully I would be able to share them with you.

Let’s start with the latest one.

Had the oppurtunity to join an event organized by Yelp Osaka to visit two of the historical buildings in Osaka.

Out first stop is Ikoma Building. Ikoma Building was built in 1930, so now it’s about 85 years old. It has fortunately WW II. Ikoma Building is a watch store. It has 5 stories and 1 basement.
Ikoma Building circa 1930Currently, the 2nd floor all the way to the top is now office space for rent. The basement holds some of its historical artifacts. One of which is the very first signboard. Some old clocks and even the thing that is used for fixing clocks. The building is not open to the public so I felt really fortunate to be able to see inside and walked along the corridors , stairs of this building and felt walking back into 1930 Japan. Very thankful for Yelp Osaka for giving me the opportunity to join this amazing event. Let’s take a short tour.   Ikoma Building : Looking up
Looking up.

When I got to there, I saw Yelp Osaka Community Manager in 1930’s Fashion, could not help myself and took a picture of him
Yelp Osaka Community Manager in 1930's FashionFirst stop is the basement, where we met the building managers and listen to short history of the building. I got curious about this thing and found out later that this is used to repair watches. Ikoma Building : Used for watch repair

Some old pictures of long ago:
Ikoma Building 1930's//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsIkoma Building : The Past

Then we continued to the rooftop where we could see the old clock tower. It has undergone repair and the inside has been modernized but it has retained it’s original form.

Ikoma Building : Clock TowerOld and new. Ikoma Building : Our Hosts for the day.
Osaka Yelp Community Manager and Ikoma Building Managers.

From there we slowly made our way down and found this really beautiful stained glass. This was used to be in the front but to preserve it, they move it here
Ikoma Building : The Stained GlassDown we go.. Ikoma Building : Looking down

Yelp Members
Ikoma Building and the Yelpers OsakaIkoma Building Going Down

Almost there.

From Ikoma Building we moved to the next one and will be on the next post 🙂

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Train Musings : I’m on Yelp

Find me there:

ideru.yelp.co.jp

I’m writing in English for fellow foreigners like me 🙂

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Train Musings: Why Japan?

I can’t count how many times I’ve been ask this question and I noticed that my answers changed as times goes by. 

My usual answer was either language, culture and work. I wanted to improve my Japanese, I want to experience Japanese culture and I found an oppurtunity to work here. 

A friend asked this question again a few weeks ago, but he quickly rephrase it “What made you decide to stay this long in Japan?”.  Why indeed? 

I was about to give him the same answer and I paused, Why indeed? 

Safety. I think you can disagree that Japan is probably on of the safest country in the world. Here I can travel alone without worries. I can sleep on the train and not be concerned that somebody will pick my bags. I guess I can go on and on. 

I only gave this one word answer and he understood. 

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