難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Blending into the Landscape

I really have to post more often, huh?  A bit has happened since I last wrote- and all of it good, actually.  It turned out the apartment I thought I had lined up was actually claimed by someone else.  The new place I’ve found, though, not only has all the amenities I was looking for, but is cheaper and in a really neat location- Nanba, in the south central part of Osaka.  I just posted some pictures of that area, actually.  Yep, I’ll be living within casual walking distance from where the Colonel went snorkeling.

And it’s mine for sure this time.  I pay the first rent and deposit tomorrow.  Plus, my work visa is on the way.  Immigration told me I would have it before I had to leave in February for sure.  The people who work at Immigration are not known for being cheery and reassuring.  Immigration are the people who stonily tell your employer they can’t accept the visa application because you’re not a Class 2 Foreigner, you’re a Class 4 Foreigner as per the explanatory document and check list you should have gotten along with all the other paperwork, also do you have a company seal, you better, because we need more proof.  So when they say everything’s going to work out perfectly, I feel pretty good.

So how about some more images from my new home city?  Just south of Umeda, the retail and commercial center in the north of the city, is Nakanoshima.  This is a narrow island sitting in the middle of another river flowing out to the harbour.  City Hall sits on this island, along with a park, a library, and a few other government and municipal offices.

It’s also something of a historical relic.  When Osaka grew into a great city in the 17th century, it really was a “city on water”, a city of islands and canals, something like Venice perhaps.  Large parts of the old city now considered inland, especially the neighborhood where I’ll be living, were comprised of small artificial islands interfaced by canals now long since filled in.  Nakanoshima is one of the small islands that has remained after all the little islands of Osaka congealed into terra firma.

  • Nakanoshima is a bit lower than Osaka’s standard ground level, so you really get the impression you’re being surrounded by the city.
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    City hall- VERY old fashioned as Japanese city halls go. Most major cities have high-rise office towers for city halls these days.

     

     

    The Old Yodo River as it flows out to the sea.

     

     

    And the day ends with another shot of Umeda.

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