"Osaka, Capital of Water" Osaka by MINOSUKE

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Ooe Bridge, near Osaka City Hall

Osaka was once called the capital of water. A lot ot rivers ran through Osaka before the 20th century. It is said that there used to be more than 800 bridges in Osaka. After the Meiji era many of the rivers and canals were reclaimed and changed into land. But we still enjoy the scenary of rivers and bridges in many places. This is one of those bridges.

Tsutenkaku Tower

This tower is in the middle of downtown near Tennoji Zoo and it is one of the symbols of Osaka. Though it is not so high, Osakans love this tower and I love it, too.
The area around Tsutenkaku is called 'Shinsekai (New World)". There are many 'kushikatsu' restaurant there. Kushikatsu is morsels of seafood, meat and vegetables skewered and deep fried. I sometimes feel like eating kushikatsu very much and go to Shinsekai with my husband.
I am going to make a kushikatsu restaurant tip later.


Ebessan is a nickname of Imamiya Ebisu Shrine near Tsutenkaku.
On January 9th - 11th, those who want to succeed in commerce or those who want to be rich go and pray to Seven Deities of Good Fortune at this shrine. You will find people carrying bamboo grass with beautiful ornaments. The bamboo grass is a good-luck charm. The small site of the shrine is so crowded then. And along the streets to the shrine, there are hundreds of street stalls! You can enjoy the stalls. Of course you don't have to buy anything. All you have to do is enjoy the atmosphere.

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  • Pros:Osaka is friendly.
  • Cons:Osaka people are not made of flour.
  • In a nutshell:Osaka is not so bad.
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    Mar 31, 2009 at 11:38 PM

    Hi Yoko, You have very outstanding photos of the cherry bloosoms, specially the group where your folks wherein, so beautiful.We looking forward to meeting you all.Thank you for being so friendly. Gracias!Marie & Antonio

  • livi4's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Seems to me that Toshi is my kind of a guy. At a glance he looks Spanish and a sort of a transcendental fellow in, so Japanese, Japan. And that red wines he displays - I am sure he could open the right one for me.

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