Before I left Osaka, I visited the Shitennoji Temple. This temple was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism in Japan. You can also enter the pagoda and a large hall, the latter containing large Buddha statues, but photos are forbidden there.
The next day I visited the Sumiyoshi Taisha, a very old Shinto shrine. This is the main shrine of about 2300 shrines in Japan and was probably built in the year 211 AD. Thus this temple is so old that no (Buddhist) influences from the mainland existed yet. Continue Reading
I am still alive or rather I am still working. This time I had not free in the actual sense, but because of a conference at the Kansai University I had the opportunity to go to Osaka and could hang a day and a half to have a look around. Therefore this time 3 entries come consecutively, because I could make a few photos. As one could also hear from the news in Germany, on my day of arrival Typhoon Jebi came across Japan directly in the region around Osaka.