Gloomy skies over Osaka

This is one of Japan’s most famous castles, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometer square. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from sword-bearing attackers.
Shin-Sai-bashi – Do you see that shopping street next to the building with the Diesel advertisement? (bright path on right side of picture) That’s Shin Sai Bashi; The shopping area of Osaka. Fabulous. Absolutely love it. Downside is it was far too crowded to shoot all of the stylish people. This picture is taken from the roof terrace (full of trees) of a shopping mall. Had some warm green tea with this view, breathtaking Japan!


Confusing metro here, alas for me.

First impressions of Osaka, Japan

  1. Small coke is actually a small coke
  2. Grannies play Mario Kart and are actually good at it.
  3. Where are the garbage cans? Am I supposed to hold my trash all day?


The luminous tubes in the picture are the number one icon of Osaka. The running man in the middle has been a famous landmark of Osaka since its initial construction in 1919. It bears the Glico running man on a blue race track as well as some of Osaka’s other famous landmarks in the background.


The Shinsekai tower is one of the city icons of Osaka Japan. Total height is 103 m, the main observation deck (behind the star) is at a height of 91 m. Actually, this is the second tower to occupy the site. The original tower was build in 1912 bus was melted down for war material in the second world war, as the tower could be a reference point for American bombing raids on Osaka.