Namba back alley
Hozenji Yokocho is located in the downtown area of Minami but has a quiet atmosphere.
The characters “Hozenji Yokocho” on the gates at both ends of the east and west are written by Kanbi Fujiyama in the west and Katsura Harudanji, the third generation in the east.
In the Yokocho, which has two alleys with a length of 80m and a width of 3m, long-established Japanese cuisine, bars, okonomiyaki, and kushikatsu shops are lined up, and the footsteps of the quaint cobblestones echo.
Originally, this place was in the precincts of Hozenji Temple of the Jodo sect, and the stalls for worshipers eventually developed into a side street.
Both the temple and the side street were burnt down in the air raids of the Pacific War, but after the war, they were revived as a red-light district. Known as the setting for Sakunosuke Oda’s novel “Moto Zenya,” it was also sung in the song “Tsuki no Hozenji Yokocho.”
Fudoson, who survived the war, is filled with green moss all over the body with water sprinkled by people who make wishes.
Hozenji Yokocho, which has survived the two fires of the former Nakaza and has been revived, is still a vibrant city while preserving the humanity of Naniwa while retaining the atmosphere of the past.
I introduced it briefly, but when you actually come to the site, you can experience the history and tradition more concretely with the locals.
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