Kobe, Japan harbor. Kobe, "the door of the gods"
Osaka Castle and Museum. Built in 1583 as the permanent residence of the ruler of Japan. Destroyed twice and rebuilt in 1931.
Guard house and moat for Osaka Castle. Juxtaposed to modern buildings in background.
Gate leads to a Shinto Shrine.
Osaka castle contains seven levels. The top level is an observation deck.
Miniature model within the museum.
Art work in the museum.
View from the observation deck.
The Secrets of the Giant Stone-Castle.
One of the castle stones that weighs over 100 tons!
Guard at the entrance of the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shinto Shrine.
The Temizusha (handwashing) basin.
Demonstration of technique of purifying body before worshipping.
Barbara stop the Soribashi Bridge. You must cross the steep bridge before praying at the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.
Kaku-torii gateway. People pass underneath when entering to pray at the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine.
Worshippers ring the bell to "wake" the spirits at the sacred shrine.
Message board with requests from worshippers.
For our Scrabble™ friends, an "ilex" tree.
A protected 1,000+ year old tree.
A smaller shrine for good matchmaking, successful marriage, and safe childbirth.
A Honghu building.