Osaka Photo Journal 4
Back in Osaka, Japan’s Chicago. Or I should say, Chicago is America’s Osaka, since Osaka’s been around for a few more centuries. One day, I felt extremely ambitious, and went for a real humdinger of a walk all the way up north to the River Yodo.
The Yodo is a river fed by Kyoto’s twin rivers, the Kamo and Katsura. It flows southwest from the old capital through an urban corridor of satellite cities into the very north part of Osaka, and there into the harbor. In olden days, it made a dramatic kink to the south at Miyakojima to flow past Osaka Castle and around the island Nakanoshima. At the turn of the 20th century, though, the Yodo was re-engineered to flow straight to the harbor rather than make its southward bend.
On the south bank, looking north. Across the river is Nishinakajima, the neighborhood I was holed up in when I first arrived in Osaka almost a year ago. I don't think you can see my old hotel, but I know it's almost right in the center of this picture.
From the south bank of the Yodo, a look over my shoulder south back to Umeda.
Following the river down its old southward kink, one finds the OAP Tower in a quiet park area of Tenma. It's one of Osaka's taller skyscrapers, and actually one of its earlier ones at 1994, considering it wasn't until 1986 that Osaka towers even broke 150 meters.
The old Yodo river, by the castle, right where the kink suddenly bends back towards the harbor. Straight ahead is Osaka Business Park, the first neighborhood of the city that had a concentration of high-rise buildings back in the 1980s.