Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dōtonbori City Streets 大阪

Ōsaka is Japan's second largest city and the heart of one of the largest metropolitan areas on the planet. Traditionally referred to as 天下の台所 (the nation's kitchen), Ōsaka is known as the center of traditional Japanese culinary delights and home style cooking. Specifically this is the Dōtonbori entertainment district known for its restaurants and food stands. The right-most photograph is near Dōtonbori Bridge and pictures the famous mechanized Kani Doraku Crab, built in 1960 with mobile legs/arms and eyestalks, along with an impressively long row of bicycles - which is a common site in most metropolitan areas of Japan.


  1. I think that photo in the middle is of the "freefall" attraction at that building.

  2. Wait, that is a free fall ride in the middle of the building? Crazy cool, this is my first time back to Dōtonbori in almost 10 years and I don't recall that building. I was attracted to the changing color scheme of the lights that illuminate the middle section. Thanks for the comment I will have to go back during the day to see it again!

  3. I am pretty sure that this building was re-built maybe within the last 2 years?? They added the free fall ride thingy to compete with Don Quiqote (sp?)'s ferris wheel. I know when they first opened you could hear from the street, the people screaming on the ride above.