I fear that it's the kind of city that grows on you, that you love because you live there and know where the funny little man is with the delicious takoyaki snacks or you know exactly how to use the ticket machines at the station; that if you visit just for a week or two that it might seem just like a grey, smoggy city, punctuated with occasional patches of temple or park beauty.Looking through my (rather large) collection of photos from my time in Osaka, it strikes me that for a large city that could be seen as drab and grey, my pictures suggest a lot of colour and fun.
The colourful Glico man in Namba
|Neon lights near Dotonbori Bridge in Osaka|
Who makes 8-metre okonomiyaki?
|Osakans decided to break the world record for the largest okonomiyaki|
Sumo wrestling tournaments in Osaka
|Ceremonial beginnings to a sumo tournament in Osaka|
Sunflower festival excursions near Osaka
|Sunflowers at a festival near Osaka|
Seasons changing in Osaka
The Osakans know how to make the most of a change of season. Unlike us down here in Perth, where winter suddenly turns to summer and summer pretty much melds itself into winter with just a touch of a season in between, in Osaka there is a definite autumn or fall and a truly gorgeous spring, and numerous events and excursions are organised to make sure you enjoy them. I think the cherry blossom viewing of spring time is my absolute favourite time of year in Osaka, but the amazing colours of leaves during autumn is a very close second.
|Cherry blossom at Osaka Castle|
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