There is something that stands out in every town; something that is special. In Kamishinjo, Kasuga Shrine is one of those places. Not only is it pretty, it’s also peaceful. It is located on a quiet street, which is only steps away from Smith’s.
One of the things I love about Japan is that even in the biggest of cities, if you take two steps away from the busiest of streets, you will suddenly feel like you’re in a small town. It makes exploring fun.
Kasuga Shrine is one of Kamishinjo’s treasures. It’s one of my favourite places to go when when I want a bit of fresh air and relaxation, but don’t have much time.
Up until this year, Kasuga Shrine always hosted some of the sumo wrestlers during the sumo tournament that comes to Osaka every March. When the sumo wrestlers are here, Yuichi and I always walk around Kamishinjo trying to spot them. Some Smith’s Students have seen sumo wrestlers at KansaiSuper, the local grocery store. Yuichi and I haven’t been as lucky, but we once saw a young sumo wrestler coming out of the local convenience store!
It’s always fun to look for them around town. That’s why we hope they will come back next year. They took down the dohyo(sumo wrestling ring) a few months ago and haven’t put it back up. We hope they’ll put it back up before next March and the sumo wrestlers will return to Kamishinjo because they add to the excitement of living here!