Osaka Obachan

Osakaobachan, a group of women from Osaka who sing popular songs. They are women in their 60s, all dressed in animal print and lycra.

Every country has its own subcultures and quirks. Some more than others. Japan has many, and I think it is one of the things that make the culture of Japan so very intriguing. One subculture I find particularly interesting is the “Osaka Obachan”. I believe it is rare to find such a trend in older … Continue reading Osaka Obachan

Sengoku Samurai Heaven… Osaka

The first time I came to Japan, I stayed in Osaka for three or four days. I was not a huge fan. I found the trains much more difficult to navigate than those in Tokyo and just the general, overall vibe of the place a little less charming than many other places I have been … Continue reading Sengoku Samurai Heaven… Osaka

Something Fishy…….

Originally published on Blogger 23rd March 2015 Well, the day started with us sleeping in, surprisingly, given our proximity to the train tracks. Made no difference, in the end. We walked down to Den Den Town, or Nipponbashi, Osaka's version of "electric town". Our walk took us through the local suburb. Osaka is very different … Continue reading Something Fishy…….

From Tokyo to Osaka

Originally published on 22nd March 2015 on Blogger Well, moving 2 kids on many trains with shitloads of baggage proved to be not very fun at all..... Go figure. The Shinkansen (bullet train) itself was only three hours, but from door to door was nearly seven. With very heavy bags, and way to many steps … Continue reading From Tokyo to Osaka