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Recent interesting phenomenon...
Female shrine/temple visitors called "Goshuin Girls" are increasing in Japan.
What are they?
”Goshuin” is a stamp given at the shrines and temples after worship service
and, breifly speaking, a kind of certificate or a footstep on your visit to
that shrine or temple.
Each time of a request with a small amount of donation, priest stamps
a red seal and write down the guardian diety's name, temple name and
date of visit in brush drawing on the special notebook called "Goshuin Cho".
For those who are called "Goshuin Girls", collecting stamps itself
may be a pleasure such as collectors of old records are, but
brush drawing by the priest is really artistic and beautiful, so
It is believed that we can enjoy the power of Guardian Diety emitted
from the stamp.
Notebook with pretty cover and design, and this may be one of
the reason that "Goshuin Girls" are motivated to the shrines or
temples to collect more stamps and stamp notebooks.
Are you interested?
Why not begin with the nearest shrine from the hotel "Hokoku Shrine"
in approx. 15 minutes walking distance, a shrine built in honor of
Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Ohanami - Cherry Blossom Viewing
I must say that " Ohanami " is a must thing to do for most Japanese in cherry blossom season. End of March to the begining of April is the best season for Ohanami (cherry blossom viewing / picnic under the cherry trees ) in Osaka.
As far as I know, in no other countries but Japan people go out with a lunch box and have get-together with friends and colleagues, enjoy eating and drinking under the lovely cherry blossoms that blooms only for a limited time.
Ohanami sitting under the trees may be a unique custom for people who live in the country that has no such custom. Best place for ohanami (cherry blossom viewing) gets occupied quickly, first come first get the best place, so there is a case that someone is sent to spread a sheet and keep the space for others much earlier than the Ohanami party starts.
Osaka Castle Park with 4,500 cherry trees close to Hotel New Otani Osaka in 5 minutes is selected as one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots from 100 places in Japan by The Japan Cherry Blossom Association.
Hotel prepares special seasonal lunch box available at the Restaurant " Azalea" and gives away Sakura Maps of Osaka Castle Park to our guests who want to stroll in a park.
Other recommended places for cherry blossom viewing are :-
・Osaka MINT with 400 cherry trees
・Hirakata park with 300 cherry trees
・Kema Sakuranomiya Park with 4,300 cherry trees
・Yoshinoyama Mountain in Nara with 30,000 cherry trees
Indulge in a lovely getaway with an experience of Japanese custom in a fabulously Japanese setting of the Osaka Castle and cherry trees in full bloom!