For me, the fun about travelling across a country is to find moments, and places which, when you look at them in detail, scream ‘This is me’ in their own particular way. Every place is unique, and within each place, each city, there is even more diversity when you look at the individual neighbourhoods or areas. Though Japan was filled with unique place after unique place, the one cityscape which left the strongest impression on me was the weird and wonderful Namba neibourhood in Osaka.
Garish, full of light, full of life, seedy and stylish all at one, it’s a crazy world of neon lights, what seem like millions of restaurants with their workers battling for attention and customers on the busy streets, and an overwhelming feeling of being bang in the middle of something amazing, something purely ‘Osaka’.
In between Hiroshima and Kyoto, I spent a day in Osaka and got to see the sun set on Namba, and for a happy few hours I couldn’t get enough of the oversized plastic food ornaments stuck on buildings, the crabs, puffer fish and octopi. And there is nothing much else for me to say other than to leave you with these series of images which capture this world of whimsy.
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-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com. All rights reserved. This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday.