難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

The Island Fortress of Bureaucracy

To obtain my new visa, I had to travel to the Osaka Immigration Office.  Unlike the consulates and other government buildings in Osaka, Immigration isn’t actually in the midst of the city.  It’s out on an artificial island in the harbour.

Why is it there?  It seems rather antiquated to put the immigration center in the harbour these days, as if most people entered Osaka by ship.  Maybe it’s to make it harder to get to…

On this island, there is very little.  It must be a rather new bit of reclaimed land, as the Google Earth images are a little older and show an even emptier place.  Grassy lots awaiting development, apartment blocks…oh yeah, and the third tallest skyscraper in Japan.

Yes, the Osaka World Trade Center, third tallest high-rise in all Japan, isn't even downtown. It's on this lonely island. It must be where the supervillain headquarters are.

 

The skyline of mainland Osaka, as seen from the island.

 

Osaka's shipping operations

 

I am also terribly sorry I haven’t posted in ages.  There are a lot of reasons- I’ve become really busy now that I’m a working resident of Japan, and my daily life has also become a little more prosaic.  Work, eat, pay bills, buy toilet paper, etc.

But now that my life has stabilized a bit, you might hear more from me.

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One response

  1. lord kelvin

    I like the life preservers on the railing.
    Just in case.

    January 31, 2011 at 2:59 AM

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