大須観音/Osu Kannnon Temple

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Osu Kannon is a famous Buddhist temple located in central Nagoya and is thought to have been built around 1200 during the Kamakura period.
Interestingly, the temple was rebuilt by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 and was relocated from Osu village in Mino province due to flooding issues.

Now, Osu Kannon has become a symbol of Nagoya, holding antique flea markets on the 18th and the 28th of each month, it also holds a library which collects over 150,000 traditional and historical texts.

Sitting right next to the popular Osu shopping market which we covered last week, this area is thriving with different trends and attracts a great number of young people and foreign visitors. Known as a ‘shotengai’ arcade – streets with shops that are roofed, this area has become very renowned over centuries due to its close proximity to Osu Kannon temple.

Overall it is a hugely diverse and intriguing mix of history and modern culture.

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Words and photos by Stefan Bingham.

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