南山大学

 

International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Osu

Osu originally grew and prospered because of its proximity to the Osu Kannon Temple. These days, the collection of electrical stores has earned it the nickname the "Akihabara of Nagoya," but it is also known as "an old, but new part of town." Vintage clothing outlets and cafes, popular with young shoppers, are interspersed with such things as traditional craft shops. The area is loved by a wide range of people, both young and old, and is also extremely popular with foreign tourists.

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They arrive at the Kamimaezu Station at the western end of Osu. From here they leave the shopping district and head towards the Osu Kannon Temple.

The shopping district is crowded with clothing stores, electrical stores, cafes and restaurants etc. The area is brimming with the friendly vibes of a traditional working-class neighborhood and the four enjoy just watching it all pass by.

Antonella and Christelle check out each and every store, including drug stores, clothing shops and tattoo parlors. Robert and Rick are engrossed by all the electrical stores selling things like computers and mobile phones.

Leaving the shopping district behind, they arrive at the Osu Kannon Temple, on the eastern side of the area. Officially called "Kitanosan Shinpukuji Hoshoin," this is a Shingon Buddist temple belonging to the Chisan Sect. Inside the grounds they witnessed the serene scenes of visitors feeding pigeons.

Smoke from incense engulfs the four in front of the main temple building. Incense smoke is said to cure ills, and the four direct it toward their heads. Will this make them geniuses?

At Kannon temples, worshippers shake the long hanging rope, causing the bells to ring. This Kannon temple is cited as one of the three largest in Japan, along with Tokyo’s Asakusa Kannon Temple and Mie’s Tsu Kannon Temple. The four leave the temple, hoping that the blessings bestowed on them will be also large!