City Life, Explore and Discover, Photography

Architectural photography – Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building was probably the most recognizable landmarks around Umeda before the completion of Grand Front Osaka which is walking distance from it.

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The original plan was suppose to be double in size and build of what it looked like today.

This building project was started in the 80s but revised due to  Japan economic bubble burst of the 1980s.

It was completed in 1993 with half of what it should be. Back then it was indeed very posh and futuristic in design.

David Z

City Life, Explore and Discover, Photography

Outdoor Photography – Contrast of Light and Darkness

The Osaka Bay area can offer some good outdoor photography

Even when during cloudy days

Wait for that ray of sunlight shining through in-between layers of clouds

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Those buildings on the right are Nanko ATC , Cosmo Tower and INTEX Osaka where Japan will be hosting the G20 Summit & Ministerial Meetings for their first time.

Osaka is getting busy and crowded

David Z

 

Events, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

#OsakaLocalMarket – #Kuromon Ichiba Market #黒門市場

Osaka 黒門市場 Kuromon Ichiba Market

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This is one of the oldest fresh food markets in Osaka and still running.

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History goes back at least 170 years. Local Japanese comes here not just for fresh fish but 刺身 Sashimi-grade fish and meat.

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This tofu and soy bean products shop 黒門ふる里の香り KM OKLife Mag 1399 - 05 Tofu Shop - 800 pxis in their 3rd generation running and still going strong!

Apart from fish, meat and vegetables this market sells household items catering to a one-stop-shopping for housewives

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Mr. Takamasa Haraguchi from 39有田 – THREE RIVERS㈱ Company demonstrating a unique Japanese invention “Cera Filter

Most shops have kept to their tradition but with the increase of in-bound foreign tourism黒門市場 is fast turning into a mini street food venue. More and more shop are not just selling fresh seafood anymore but putting up tables and chairs, creating eating space for on-the-spot grilled seafood.

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Be informed year end especially December 31 is the most jam pack time! Local Japanese celebrate New Year on 1st January and would head to 黒門市場 to get their seasonal products. Plus the peak tourist season, everybody is squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder.

David Z

City Life, Coffee Connections, Events, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Universal City Walk Osaka

This Universal City Walk is just outside Universal Studios Japan theme park.

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Even if you are not visiting Universal Studios Japan theme park, there are lots of restaurants, cafe and shopping to enjoy here outside the park.

Can be a nice place to hang out with friends for a cup of coffee!

Enjoy!

David Z

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City Life, Photography

Bicycles

The most common mode of private transport in Japan apart from cars.

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Inside Japan the retail prices of any brand new car regardless of models are really affordable relatively. Whats is costly about car ownership are parking fees, inspections fees, regular maintenance and cost for recycle.

Bicycles are the best alternatives for private use.

Furthermore public road designs cater to  bicycles usages.

David Z