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難波八阪神社 Namba Yasaka Shrine

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  • Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
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Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
2-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 556-0016, Japan
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Date of post:2015/12/15

Amazingly Big Lion Head-Shaped Building!

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“Namba yasaka shrine” is located ten minutes on foot from Namba station.
It is said that the shrine originally started as a tutelary shrine and flourished as a big complex in the eleventh century. The current shrine building was rebuilt in May 1974.

The famous ritual of “Tug of War” is held on the third Sunday of every January. The event is based on the mythological history in which the deity “Susano no Mikoto” destroyed the legendary big, eight headed, eight tailed snake. He was a famous hero who saved the ancient people. The event was registered as the first Important Intangible Folk Culture Property in Osaka city in 2001.

When you come across the shrine, the common “torii” (a traditional Japanese shrine gate) will welcome you. However, the big difference from other shrines is that the big lion head is welcoming you by opening its mouth wide. It seems like if you are swallowed up or sucked into the mouth. It has big eyes, big teeth and eight fangs. The eyes are staring at you! To your surprise, the building is actually the theater called “Emaden”, its eyes are used as lights at night and the nostrils are speakers. The stage is 12 meters tall, 7 meters deep and 7 meters wide.

The “lion dance (traditional folk dance)” was so popular among children in the neighborhood that the biggest lion head theater was created by some artisans, floats designers in 1974 and refurbished in 2008.

The inside of the Emaden is also surprising with a gorgeous ceiling and floor. This is the stage for rituals. At the time of ceremonial occasions or events, you can see and hear ancient court music and dance and “lion dances.”

Why not pay a visit to the unique shrine, Namba yasaka shrine, and pray for your good fortune for your business, success in an entrance examination, or job interview?
The Big Lion Head is sure to protect you from evil spirits!

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