Osaka: The Eclectic Streets Of Amerikamura

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 vibe.

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amerikamura osaka america mura

There are a lot of American themed places in the area – burger joints, diner-like cafes and loads of American vintage and modern pop influenced clothing shops. Need a Harley Davidson jacket, a Lady Gaga t-shirt, or a piece of clothing with some badly translated American catchphrases written on it? This is the place for you.

amerikamura osaka america mura

amerikamura osaka america mura

amerikamura osaka america mura

There are a lot of music stores in the area, and as for the music itself, there’s a lot of American music playing from the various shops.

amerikamura osaka america mura

amerikamura osaka america mura

Given the popularity of Purikura with teenage girls in Japan, it’s no surprise to discover that Amerikamura is full of them. Purikura are photo sticker booths that were first developed by Altus and Sega in 1995. You got in with a few friends and get a few photos taken then apply any number of modifications to the images on touch screens to make the photos more animated and kawaii (cute). My friend who lived in Japan a few years back insisted we go in and it’s certainly an experience you’ll only get in Japan. I may have some photos hidden away somewhere 😉

amerikamura osaka america mura

Americamura is centred around Triangle Park which is a great place to people watch. You’ll see all sorts of wacky and interesting stuff going on around here.

amerikamura osaka america mura

I’ve never been to a country other than Japan where store owners can display goods for sale outside of their store, unattended without having to worry that anybody will steal anything. The level of trust in Japanese society is astounding.

amerikamura osaka america mura

This Alice in Wonderland themed shop’s fitout, both external and internal had a very high attention to detail.

amerikamura osaka america mura

amerikamura osaka america mura

I spent a while chilling out on this corner planning my next moves for the day as the store behind me was playing 2Pac’s Greatest Hits quite loudly which I was quite happy about.

amerikamura osaka america mura

We tried to visit a cat cafe but this one required bookings. There were some very fat, well looked after, lazy cats inside.

amerikamura osaka america mura

Amerikamura is an interesting part of Osaka to walk through. It’s certainly more youth-oriented than neighbouring Orange Street and has a vibe all of its own.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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