My hosts for much of my stay in Osaka.
Typical street scene in Osaka. Where I was staying in Osaka was an older area and many of the streets were quite narrow, and lined with fascinating shops.
Osaka jo (i.e. castle) - probably the most well-known of Osaka's tourist sites.
Keeping the grounds tidy involves constant labour
Seichoji temple - a beautifully spacious temple complex high on a hill and surrounded by tall trees.
Ritual washing as part of the religious experience
You are supposed to throw water over the Buddha with the wooden containers at the base of the statue. Looks easy, but throwing water straight with these long-handled cups requires a bit of practise.
Priest writing out prayers
Metal chopsticks of various sizes (large ones at the back) - associated with the particular deities of the temple
Each oragami component should be accompanied by a prayer. There were several forms of physical or written prayers at the temple. This was one of those forms.
These prayers (and I tied one on) are brought as a lottery. You randomly select a numbered stick which links to a description of a personally relevant problem/issue and which also has has the prayer for dealing with that matter. Very efficient.
The temple is at the top of a mountain of shops. This is the laneway of shops running down the hillside from the temple. Unfortunately, it not being the week-end, most of the shops were shut - but as some of the next photos show, there was still plenty of variety from which to choose.