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This is the Hozenji alley with narrow and stone-paved lane next to Dōtombori Street which is setting the quiet Namba emotion adrift, being in the shopping quarter of the south in Osaka. In the alley where two alleys (80 m in length and 3 m in width) are extended from east and west, the Japanese-style cooking of a long-established store, the bar, the cafe, savoury pancake with various ingredients, the spitted cutlet store, etc. are located in a row. The footstep which goes back and forth to a tasteful stone pavement resounds hard. This ground is in the precincts of Jōdo Buddhism "Hozenji" from the first, and developed to the alley unawares from the visitor partner's stall. Although the temple and the alley were burned down by the air raid of the Pacific War, it revived as an amusement district after the war. This temple is also famous for its moss-covered Fudo-Myoo (Acala) statue, known as Mizukake Fudo, and we can catch a whiff of incense in here.

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Those who visit to pray to Mizukake Fudo: workshops

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