難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Osaka Photo Journal 5- The Skyline!

I spend a lot of time idling around Osaka like a scalawag, and I’ve been taking pictures even when I was neglecting my blog.  Today’s theme- pictures of buildings!

Japan doesn’t usually think of cities in terms of “skyline.”  It’s a real American term, apropos of the Birthplace of the Skyscraper, and a place where a good city is thought of as needing a couple good monuments to make it stand out on the horizon.  Most Japanese cities have only started building above 100 meters’ height in quantity very recently, and most people here don’t think of their cities’ impact from a distance.  Pretty much all the pictures of Osaka urbania I’ve seen are taken from “in the soup”, and it is a good way to get a handle on the density of the city, but there are actually a few good angles for getting an “outside” view of the cityscape.

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Flowers ‘n concrete!  From the far west portside, close to where I live.

 

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Mordor! Osaka seen all the way from the city of Kishiwada far to the south. The twin towers to the right are in the city of Izumiotsu, the heavy industry to the left is in the city of Takaishi, and the lone tower is in Osaka city, tallest building in Japan to date.

 

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Aquapolis! From the former harbor fort of Tenpozan way out west, with my sis back in the withering blaze of summer.

 

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They only come out at night.  From the south banks of the Yodo River, just north of Umeda.

 

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The best angle to view the Osaka skyline in my opinion- from the north bank of the Yodo.

 

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Osaka Motor City! From the highway on the north side crossing south over the Yodo.

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