Like in all major cities in Japan, Nagoya managed to keep some of the oldest, most important historical landmarks alive and kicking. Osu Kannon is a Buddhist temple in the middle of Nagoya, and until now, it is still visited my thousands of people (both locals and tourists) everyday.
From Nagoya Station, we took the Higashiyama Subway Line and transferred to the Tsurumai Subway Line at Fushimi Station. It only took 10 minutes!
The entrance of Osu Kannon.
Osu Kannon was built in the 14th century, transferred to its current location in the 17th century, and rebuilt some 50 years ago when a large part of the temple was destroyed by a fire.
As soon as we got there, we spotted a guy wearing a creepy skull mask-helmet quietly feeding the pigeons.
These kids were just as confused as I was.
The main reason why people come to this temple is the goddess of mercy, Kannon. In the main area of the temple lies a wooden statue of her, carved by a certain Kobo Daishi.
Matchy-matchy tote bags!
Osu Kannon’s famous giant red paper lantern where you can tie your wish on one of the wires.
The wooden belfry.
Every once in a while, the pigeons would fly away and settle on the belfry’s ceiling for a few minutes, before coming down to the temple grounds again… in the hopes of being fed by random strangers, lol.
I actually get a bit wary whenever there are places like these, because the last thing I want to happen is get bird poo on my hair or clothes! I only brought one coat with me throughout this whole trip so I’d hate for it to get soiled on the first day!
Thankfully, all the pigeons were well-behaved and respectful. It must be because we were in Japan!
Props to my mom for not getting scared of the pigeons when they decided to fly away in the middle of our photo session! She managed to take this shot of me which I reaaaaally, really love!
Beside Osu Kannon is the Osu Shopping Arcade, with over 400 shops.
Old school purikura!
A lot of stores were still closed when we walked through the arcade, but we found a long queue going into this super small door. Didn’t have anything else to do so I decided to check it out!
It was an Alice in Wonderland-themed store!
Alice clocks, Alice bags.
Alice ribbons, headbands, and all sorts of accessories.
Even Alice popcorn.
I think they wanted to emulate the big-person-in-a-small-place effect in the Alice in Wonderland story so the store was really cramped! Had to get out of there after some time because there was literally no space to move.
Japan always has the best-looking desserts.
And I wouldn’t be surprised if they all tasted good too.
Found a mini Fushimi Inari in one of the side streets along Osu Shopping Arcade. KYOTO I MISS YOU
Had some post-breakfast, pre-lunch grub here. Crabsticks!
After Osu Kannon, we went straight to Atsuta Shrine. It pays off to start your day early! We managed to do so many things in such a short span of time.
For the past two days, I’ve been meeting up with some Japanese here in Manila (for both work and leisure), and everyone’s been talking about missing out on hanami! I totally feel their pain. I’m so sad I won’t be able to fly out to Japan this Holy Week, but next year, I’ll make sure I’ll even take videos of the hanami parties that I go to!