Namba Yasaka Shrine, Osaka, Japan

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Namba Yasaka Shrine (also listed as Nanba Yasak Shrine on Trip Advisor) was one of the coolest shrines I’ve been to, but I have found very little information on it. It is a Shinto shrine in Osaka, Japan. I found a photo online, which is what made me want to visit it, but all of the information was in Japanese. I wasn’t able to find any real info in English until recently. According to this site, many of the original buildings were burned during airstrikes in 1945. (I’m always amazed when I learn that an area I frequent was once destroyed in a war less than 100 years ago!) Many of the present buildings have been rebuilt. A tug-o-war ritual takes place at this shrine on the third Sunday in January. The shrine isn’t kept up too well and it seemed a little run down, but the stage/dragon was awesome. It’s a little hard to find, so make sure you check Trip Advisor for directions before going!

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The following picture isn’t too great, but it will give you an idea of just how large the lion/dragon’s head is.

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