Archive for 'Osaka'

Osaka Ball Pit Bar


Osaka has just launched its first ever ball pit bar. I guess the drinks come with the lids so you can’t spill, but I imagine that would be the least of my concerns when lounging it a pile of balls with drunk strangers.

Dive doesn’t have any tables or chairs, just a giant pit filled with over 20,000 colorful orbs for patrons to plunge into. There are all-you-can-drink rates for sixty to ninety minutes depending on the day, and the booze is served with lids so people don’t spill them in the ball pit. – Kotaku

Oh Osaka, don’t change.

Osaka Bang – Best Street Game Ever

This is why I love Osaka. I may have to try this out and see if it works :D

One Japan – Video


Reader Jessica just sent me over this awesome video her boyfriend Davy put together on their recent trip to Japan. It takes a look at the people and places they visited on their journey through Osaka, Nagano, and Kyoto. Check it out :D

The Best Ways to Get Around in Osaka


Photo by kenmainr on Flickr

Any time you visit a foreign country you are bound to face the “stranger in a strange land” learning curve. This is especially true if you don’t speak a lick of the language, leaving you hoping that you can find someone who speaks your language, or else relying on your bumbling attempts to form recognizable sentences from a book of common words and phrases.

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Backpackers Guide to Osaka

Photo by eng1337 on Flickr

Osaka is one Japanese city that fulfils all travellers’ expectations, and not only because it’s a large metropolis that has everything one can expect, but also because much of its offerings can be had on the cheap. Experienced backpackers will already know which Osaka hostels to track down and how, but this short article should serve as a guide for any and all travellers looking to make the experience affordable.

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Things to do in Osaka – The Instant Ramen Museum

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum

Photo by JanneM on Flickr

Stacey loves her ramen. I on the other hand, do not. During week long hiking trips of my youth I feasted on little more than instant porridge in the morning and instant ramen for lunch and dinner. By the seventh day I had instant ramen coming out my ears and I had developed a strong loathing for the stuff.

Can you imagine my excitement when Stacey suggested we visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka?

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Shooting Osaka, Japan: Photography Examples and Tips

Osaka Castle

Just wanted to let you know that one of my photography articles about Japan was posted over at PhotoTuts. It’s a quick look at Osaka and what top spots there are for photographers. I’m hoping to do one for Tokyo as well. I’ll keep you posted :)

Photographing Sakura in Kema Sakuranomiya Koen

Sakura Osaka

As promised, we’re back with part 2 of our Osaka sakura tour. This time we walk through the Kema Sakuranomiya Park.

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Photographing Sakura Around Osaka Castle

Sakura in Osaka Castle Park

Today I spent about 3 hours walking through and around Osaka Castle taking as many photos as I could of the sakura (cherry blossoms).

It’s been a long time dream of mine to see the sakura blooming in Japan, so I was really excited to get this opportunity.

Here is some advice on where to go to take great photos along with some of the photos I took.

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Interview with an Osakan – What to Eat and What to Buy in Osaka

Osaka girls crossing street

Photo Credits: by bruceley on Flickr

We earlier had a interview with a friend who is from Osaka, lived for some years in Canada and has now returned to Osaka. This is part two of the interview.

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