Amerikamura Osaka, known more commonly amongst locals by the name Amemura, literally translates as “American Village” and unsurprisingly is a part of Osaka that’s been influenced by the pop culture of the United States. It’s a popular entertainment and shopping district that’s popular with Osaka’s youth and has an eclectic, energetic

osaka orange street tachibana

Osaka’s Orange Street is a part of Osaka that’s full of the latest fashions and trends, boutiques, interior design stores and hip cafes. Formerly a furniture district, today this 800 metre long narrow backstreet is Osaka’s equivalent of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, London’s Shoreditch and Melbourne’s Fitzroy etc. Orange Street is actually the

Osaka craft beer bars map

Osaka is known as “the kitchen of Japan” and it doesn’t take visitor long to realise that this nickname is warranted. The people of Osaka love to eat and drink, and the options available to engage in both in are plentiful. The Osaka craft beer (Ji Bīru) scene really kicked off

osaka street photography japan

One of the things I enjoy doing most when overseas is to observe the world around me and watch people go about their lives. For all of the attractions and sights that a given city might contain, it’s the people that give a city its life. Osaka is Japan’s second biggest city by

cherry blossom season osaka japan

Cherry blossom season in Japan begins as early as January in Okinawa and moves north, ending as late as May in Hokkaido. For most of the major cities in Japan, the first blossoms (kaika) open in late March/early April, reaching full bloom (mankai) about a week later. Full bloom itself lasts about

osaka food guide blog where to eat

Osaka was the first stop on my trip to Japan and I was keen to waste no time in discovering what the city had to offer food wise. Japanese has always been one of my favourite types of food and it didn’t take  long before I realised that what I knew about