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.