The second largest city in Japan, Osaka, is a stark contrast from Tokyo. The local themselves don’t mind a hearty laugh. There is even a joke among Japanese that you know someone is Osakan when the voice is boisterous and unrestricted. Like its lovely locals, Osaka itself has some interesting places and local culture that have escaped the radars of most travelers. If you find yourself in the city up north, indulge in some Osakan comforts, and try doing something new and whimsical. Experience a different and more authentic Osaka.
Not to include photos in this essay is intentional. I wonder who would read through everything and leave a feedback; say, it is long and boring. For listicle kind of reading, read “Why I Can’t Stop Raving about Onomichi” on my travel column on TV5’s Interaksyon.com. If you can find Cruising: Going Places, I wrote about Onomichi’s food scene in their July issue. I fixed the hood of my jacket and made sure my ears were covered. I balled and pocketed my left hand. My right held the ninety-peso pack of sanitary pad—the cheapest I could find on […]
While Pim stood by the baywalk’s railing, an old woman, all smiling, passed by and said something in Japanese and gestured towards the camera. With my poor Japanese vocabulary bank: suka, honto ni, wakaranai, kawaii—words I learned from years-long of reading manga, watching anime, and interacting with the Japanese on Skype, I reckoned she was asking if we wanted her to take our photo. I smiled and uttered thank you; and she went on, all smiling. I did not expect her friendliness. Crumbs of details on places from my previous conversations with the Japanese stuck in my head: Hokkaido is known for winter […]