Located near the south-direction of Higashi Umeda sta, about 12 mins of walk, Tsuyutenjin Tenjin 露天神社 is not quite visible from the main road. The shrine long history dates all the way back to the 6th century and was rebuilt recently in 1957 (was burnt down during the war). It is also popularly known as Ohatsu Tenjin which offers a memorial to two lovers who allegedly took their lives, on the site of the shrine. The double suicide story of doomed passion has been retold for generations and immortalised in a famous play (Bunraku puppet play written by Monzaemon Chikamatsu ).
Inside the shrine premise is a surprising and lovely tranquility (no noisy-bustling street sound). The usual prayers area and bell-juggling with rope. There are also nooks and crannies at one corner. We spend about an hour of walking around to appreciate the beauty and observing people who had come to worship.
We left the shrine grounds through Ohatsu-Tenjin Street, a covered shopping arcade., a narrow alley with many smaller bars and cafes,
Getting to know the sad story behind may prompt more to come and have a look. Do drop by too..
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