Streets of Osaka by Jordan Yerman (GALLERY)
Falling for Osaka...
Lovers embrace high atop the Umeda Sky Building as stray kittens hustle for food in Minami-Temma Park.
If Tokyo is a too-cool-for-school designer with the effortlessly stylish outfit, Osaka is wearing dad jeans while fixing your stereo. Japan’s third-largest city becomes its second-largest during the workday, and its nighttime streets reward those who give them more than a casual glance.
During the Edo Period, Osaka was called “the nation’s kitchen.” Today, it’s home to some surprisingly wonderful Mexican food. It even has a miniature version of Akihabara, for those who really do need their stereos fixed.
Take a peek at Osaka and soak up some blue-collar soul.
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Contributor Jordan Yerman is a freelance writer and photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia where he’s the City Affairs and Entertainment Editor for the Vancouver Observer. We’re pretty sure he really likes Japan.
His other contributions include his love letter to Japanese taxi cabs: Japanese Taxi Cabs: A Brief Photo Intro (GALLERY); a meditation on the roots of contemporary Japanese art and its effect on global pop culture: The Cat in the Bag: Inventing Japanese Pop Art; and, for those wanting to get hip to robots and the kindly automation that factors into everyday Japanese life, give this one a go: Conversations with my Shower and other Friendly Japanese Machines.