Talking about Takarazuka, most people remember Takarazuka Revue Company. However, if you live outside the Kansai area, are not there many people who do not know much about what Takarazuka is like? In Osaka’s bed town, a fancy town with luxury residential areas spreading, it is also an old hot spring town. There are lots of historical shrines and temples. And it is also home of Mr. Osamu Tezuka, legend of the cartoon world. Let’s introduce three spots that represent such Takarazuka, Tezuka Osamu Memorial Hall, Takarazuka Grand Theater and Nakayama-dera Temple.
<Tezuka Osamu Memorial Hall>
Legend of the Japanese cartoon world, Tezuka Osamu’s works continue to be loved beyond the times such as Astro Boy Atom, Ribbon Knight, Jungle Emperor. Tezuka Osamu was born in Toyonaka-shi, Osaka prefecture in 1928 and spent about 20 years in Takarazuka from 5 years old to 24 years old. Interaction with nature in this area, intercultural experience including Takarazuka Revue, experience of war, etc. became the origin of Tezuka work. In Takarazuka, the Tezuka Osamu Memorial Museum opened in 1944. The building is designed with the image of the European castle on the 2 stories above the ground and 1 story below the ground. The glass earth which “I save the earth of the glass”, and performed an essay of Osamu Tezuka. The monument of “The Firebird” flaps in front of entrance. On the first floor there is a permanent exhibition and video hall, on the second floor there is a seasonal exhibition room, a Tezuka Osamu library, a museum shop and a jungle cafe. There is an anime workshop on the basement floor where you can experience animation creation using computers.
<Takarazuka Grand Theater>
The Takarazuka Grand Theater is home to the Takarazuka Revue Company, and the current building of the Southern European style image opened in 1993. Even if you do not have a performance ticket, anyone can use the lobby space. There are restaurants, cafés, review shops complete with original gifts and sweets, and post offices of Takarazuka Review postal service where postmarking of line dance is popular, so you can enjoy meals and shopping. You can not enter the ticket gate without a ticket. Passing through the ticket gate, you will see a luxurious lobby spreading in front of you with staircases with beautiful red carpet curves, shining chandeliers on the ceiling, and red carpets with patterns on the floor. It is a feeling that I stepped into the dream world. “Takarazuka Revue Hall of Fame” opened in April 2014 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Takarazuka Revue. At the first venue “Hall of Fame Zone”, people who made a big contribution to the development of the Takarazuka Revue, 66 people of the opera group and 38 staff members are introduced along with the goods of the edge. The second venue has “Current Takarazuka Revue Zone” and “Seasonal Exhibition Zone”, there are exhibits of props and costumes, a stage experience corner holding Shan-Shan and carrying feathers.
It is the first Kannon Shrine of our country by the creation of Prince Shotoku, the Principle image is the eleven-sided Kannon Bodhisattva statue called “Kannon-sama of an easy delivery”. It is the 24th Buddhist Temple of the 33 spots of Pilgrimage to Saigoku. It was written that it was a great temple comparable to Mt. Koya and Mt. Hiei in the “Zoku-Nihonshoki”, and then the present temple was formed by the faith and donation of influential people such as Genji, Toyotomi, Tokugawa family etc. It is known as temple for praying easy delivery from ancient times and is still crowded praying for child giving, praying for mother and child, praying for the first shrine visit and Shichigosan . It is a temple with many highlights such as the high-class mountain gate of the rebuilding Tokugawa Iemitsu, the main hall where the eleventh face Kannon is enshrined, the five-storied pagle called the blue dragon tower.