難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Osaka Photo Journal 2

For those of you playing at home-

Here are some more random pictures of Osaka, taken during various sojourns.

The Umeda Sky Building, standing all by itself in a quiet warehouse neighborhood north of the ritzy retail center of north-side Osaka. It's one of the big symbols of modern Osaka, built in 1993 when the city was really starting to get into high-rise construction. And I swear...hasn't this thing, like, been featured in a Pierce Brosnan James Bond movie or something?

Hidden behind all the glassy company headquarters, department stores, and covered markets is the gutted, crumbling underbelly of Umeda. Blink and you'll miss it in between all the...uh, functional buildings. It's all being pulled down, though, and with all the new high-rise construction I've seen all over the city, I wonder what's going to be built there next.

You've seen Dotonbori in an older post- the crazy nightlife area where Colonel Sanders was once committed to the murky waters. Just on the other side of those buildings, though, is this nice quiet little area that feels like a side street in Kyoto.

 

In the neighborhood is a little temple called Hozenji, and its moss-covered statues. Worshippers water the moss when they stop by.

 

One day, I discovered THIS across the street from me. Now it's where I go to buy food. Kuromon Market, known as Osaka's great fish market. A whole pufferfish might set you back almost $200.

 

Okay, I have a serious problem with not updating this thing regularly.  I’ve never been the blogging type, and sometimes there’s so much I want to do besides typing and uploading.  I’ll try harder.

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2 responses

  1. lord kelvin

    Please water the moss for me, the next time you stop by.

    February 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    • I’ll pet the cats for you too. A lot of little ceepees hang out in the temple and some are quite sociable.

      February 21, 2011 at 11:14 PM

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