“Tsutenkaku” – Tower Reaching Heaven

Tsutenkaku - Tower Reaching Heaven

Photo by Tomoko

I went Naniwa area, the center of Osaka culture. Here is Tsutenkaku (通天閣 “Tower Reaching Heaven”) a tower and well-known landmark of Osaka. It is located in the Shinsekai district of Naniwa-ku, Osaka. Its total height is 309 feet.

On the fifth floor observation deck is enshrined Billiken, the God of Happiness or “things as they ought to be.”Billiken, a popular American charm doll that came to Japan in about 1910, was enshrined within Luna Park when it opened. When the park closed in 1923, the wooden statue of Billiken went missing. As a part of an effort to revive the tower, a copy of Billiken was made from an old photograph and placed inside the tower in 1979. The statue of Billiken became closely associated with the tower and is a popular symbol of good luck. Each year thousands of visitors place a coin in his donation box and rub the soles of his feet to make their wishes come true.

22. January 2013 by Tomo
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