Pick up a cute little manekineko during your Hattatsu visit!
Cat-Themed “Power Spots”
The manekineko of Sumiyoshi Taisha
Boasting a roughly 1,800-year history, Sumiyoshi Taisha is the headquarters of the 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan and a source of great spiritual power. Hattatsu – an event at the beginning of each month where visitors pray for success in business and safety for their families – is especially popular among the faithful in this capital of commerce. The key to getting your prayers answered are the manekineko, simple clay figurines of cats dressed in polka-dotted samurai costumes, one paw in the air. Start with the tiny ones and work your way up through the medium and large sizes, and your wishes are sure to be granted!
Visit the main sanctuaries first, then the four sub-shrines
Hattatsu consists of visiting each of Sumiyoshi Taisha’s four sub-shrines in order on the first Day of the Dragon of each month. You can obtain a manekineko at the second sub-shrine, Nankun-sha (¥500 each). By custom, which paw the manekineko is raising depends on the month you visit: right-pawed (success in business) in even-numbered months, and left-pawed (safety for the family) in odd-numbered months. If you’ve got the time, it’s worth visiting some of the other “power spots” in the shrine, such as Godairiki and Nadeusagi.
Collect 48 small cats to exchange them for a medium-sized one
It’s fun to watch your collection of small cats grow each time you visit. Collect 48 of them and you can exchange them for a medium-sized cat. Collect two medium cats and 48 small cats, and you’ll be eligible for a big cat. Do the math and you’ll find it takes a minimum of 24 years of monthly visits to obtain two big cats, right-paw and left-paw. But if you’re a true collector, the real fun is in acquiring them one by one.
These unique square-shaped shallow pots are called “dustpots” from their resemblance to dustpans. They’re used to simmer meat and offal in the juices of vegetables cooked in the pots.
Lantern Street, Ura-Tenma’s newest attraction
On the north side of Tenma Market – known as Osaka’s kitchen – is this new dining district, lit by 1,000 lanterns. Enjoy a leisurely pub crawl as you search for the elusive heart-marked lantern.
|Location/Access||2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu
About 26 minutes by Nankai Main Line limited express train or 40 minutes by JR rapid train from Kansai International Airport to Sakai Station → about 6 minutes by Nankai Main Line train from Sakai Station to Sumiyoshi-Taisha Station
About 30 minutes by limousine bus from Itami Airport to Abenobashi Station (Tennoji Station) → about 16 minutes by streetcar from Abenobashi Station (Tennoji Station) to Sumiyoshi-Torii Station
|Opening/closing times:||Apr-Sep: 6:00 – 16:00 (outer gate)/17:00 (grounds)
Oct-Mar: 6:30 – 16:00 (outer gate)/17:00 (grounds)
(*opens at 6:00 on the 1st calendar day and 1st Day of the Dragon of each month)
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