Osaka in January

I’d been through Osaka before, but never spent a night before this visit, and now having two nights and three days to be here, its appeal is obvious.  Some say it’s a livelier, bolder place than most of Japan, attributable perhaps to centuries of Koreans who settled or were brought here, but whatever the reasons, it may be true, I don’t know.

I do know that it’s navigable, even in the bitter cold and with strong winds, and that to get from the station  to the hotel to Kuromon Ichiba market by foot or on the subway is easy.

The market reminded me a lot of Nishiki in Kyoto only here it was geared and ready for both local consumers as well as foreign guests.  Many vendors spoke English and had signage in English so it was easy to buy takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and takiniku.  What was cool was how booths selling raw products to home cooks would also sell cooked versions.  Not much better on a cold day than karaage, beef stew, and takoyaki.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s