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Japan tourism ministry had tried ways and means to attract more tourists with hope and expectations to cash in on the tourist dollars many other nations are competing for.

But there have been long standing issues with free WIFI and language.

Japan is one of the few or last monolingual nation.

Majority of the 127 million residents don’t speak English!

A lot of the young people know English but they may not speak it!

Somebody did come up with ingenious ways to communicate.

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David Z

 

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.

By the way, there are interesting rules “Don’t drink and cycle”!

We know “Don’t drink and drive” refer to consumption of alcohol and driving vehicle, this “Don’t drink and cycle” means no consumption of alcohol and cycling!

Well there are those do don’t observe such rules but if accident do happen, this can become  serious problem.

Overall, cycling is an effective transportation tool in Japan.

 

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

 

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

Takoyaki たこ焼き

This is by far the most famous Osaka street food or the people here call it “snack food”.

Every visitor to Osaka will want to try it. Not just foreign non-Japanese visitors, even locals from Tokyo or other prefectures will want to have a taste of it.

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Not cheap as a “snack food” but worth a try.

Enjoy.

 

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, 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