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Hi guys, I finally decided I will upload my endless amount of pictures of Osaka and Kansai region in general. In this thread you will see Osaka (prefecture), Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, Kobe etc. Urban scenes, to climbing mountains to random things. Since this is kind of a local perspective thread I guess there will be many random pictures sometimes and a bunch of food pictures :laugh:. More or less this thread will be endless I guess :dunno:.

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Some states about the Osaka metropolitan area
It consists of the 3 main cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
Population: ~19 million
GDP: ~700 billion, just behind Paris (7th in the world)

It is considered the cultural heartland of Japan. Osaka is known as the nations kitchen and many of Japan's cuisine delicacies come from Osaka. Kyoto was the capital for over a thousand years until about a 100 years ago and is where Japan's traditional culture was really cultivated and spread to the rest of the country.
 

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So let's start off with some skyline pictures of Osaka. Sunset!


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And here's a random picture of a suburban house in Osaka in the fall


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Here's a random Osaka neighborhood (east) in the Spring


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Another random house because why not


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And Ramen, because that's what we eat


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And here's a picture of my nails because that's what we do



Kawaii yarou?

Although I'll try to spare you with such pictures :laugh:

Also here is a disastrous panorama I made, it's from Osaka castle looking east. This is the only bad panorama I have, so might as well get it out of the way now lol.

IMG_0406 by ukiyo634, on Flickr

Also I will sometimes put videos like this:


Or videos from the train.
 

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Let's start with residential urban Osaka. Going to the local Aeon to go shopping and grab lunch.


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These buildings on the right are known as "Danchi". They are government housing built during the economic boom for working class migrants into the cities. They are dirt cheap to live in


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Next to the Danchi are modern housing


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I guess I randomly wanted to edit this picture with google for some reason


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Here's the mall :)


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Most people just ride their bicycles here


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Food court


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^ No I didn't eat all of that lol


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I must have done a lot of shopping because, it's night now


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Taking the monorail back home :)


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Local Izakaya

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There's a love hotel right next to home :laugh: it's the building with the red sign


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So now let's go to Osaka city hall, which is located on Nakanoshima which is an island in the middle of a river. It's quite pretty. But first we need to walk to the station to get there :)

The area is pretty dense


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This is the Keihan line. It connects Osaka and Kyoto. You will be seeing a lot of it :). But in this case we are going towards central Osaka.


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In the summer you can often see people wearing yukata


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Some random pics from the train


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I really like the Keihan stations in this area, probably among my favorite in all of Japan:


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Walked across the bridge


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Bicycles are a big deal in Osaka


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I love these Osaka streets :)


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This lady was wearing a full kimono, in the summer!


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Now to get lunch


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Going back to the island


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My friend and I had a very yummy but probably unhealthy lunch


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That little cup was honey, which we put on the pizza. It was actually delicious.

IMG_2511 by ukiyo634, on Flickr

This is what we call "Japanese hamburg"


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That's all for now :)
 

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Now let's go to a different area :)


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We're going to go into this shopping arcade it's Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street which is the longest in Japan:


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Wonderful impressions, thank you for sharing your pictures!
Everything looks clean and well organized, that´s impressive.


I wonder how much could living in such a Danchi cost? We always consider cost of life in Japan being very high, so I would be curious about how much a cheap housing could be...
 

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Wonderful impressions, thank you for sharing your pictures!
Everything looks clean and well organized, that´s impressive.


I wonder how much could living in such a Danchi cost? We always consider cost of life in Japan being very high, so I would be curious about how much a cheap housing could be...
There are still many more pictures to come :).

To live in such a Danchi it would cost around $150 a month, and depending on how low income you are: nothing (the government would pay for it).

Living in Japan is not that expensive nowadays, maybe in the 1980s and early 1990s. If we look at median wages to housing costs it’s actually quite affordable when compared to say London, New York etc. Osaka is even cheaper than Tokyo, it’s not difficult to find a one bedroom apartment for $400-600 in a decent area.
Osaka looks so...perfect! Was in Tokyo/Yokohama/Nikko last year but would love to go back to Japan and visit Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. :)
Yes you should visit! But perfect? You are from Sweden, Osaka must be so messy and chaotic in comparison :p.
 

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Now let's go to Kyoto.

First take the Keihan line from Osaka, but this time going north


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Some pictures from the train. Here are the residential areas between Osaka and Kyoto


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Arrived in Kyoto, and immediately people wearing kimono


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