Japan 2016 Part 8: Osaka, Part One.

The next leg of our trip Japanese trip took us to Osaka.

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We had heard the comparison made a few times that Osaka was apparently a bit more gritty and less polished than Tokyo – akin to how we feel about Glasgow versus Edinburgh. It was hard to work out how true that was in just a few days, but it definitely felt like that could be the case. Some bits in particular definitely reminded me more of Glasgow than others…

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With some pretty obvious differences in other bits…

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Either way, I quite liked how Osaka felt. It seemed far less densely populated than Tokyo (though that isn’t really saying much, to be fair).

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Carrying on with the trend of interesting digs in Japan, our AirBnB was what we came to affectionately refer to as the ‘Bateman house’, as it was all white. They had some interesting mirror lights that gave everything a strange glow as well.

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We didn’t have too many specific things planned for our time in Osaka, and just spent the time exploring. In Japan you’re never too far away from something bizarre and interesting.

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There were a bunch of camera shops in Osaka, and I ended up buying a Voigtlander 35mm f1.4, which has become one of my most often used lenses. Japan was good for photography in more ways than one. Not so great for my bank balance.

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To be continued…


This post is part of a series looking back at my trip to Japan in 2016 along with Grace and Al. (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven). For a shared perspective from all three of us that was written at the time, take a look at japanatrois.wordpress.com.

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