Monday, 26 September 2016

Memories Of 2015: A Walkabout In The New World & The God of Things As They Ought to Be

The day after our trip to Kinosaki Onsen, we were back to Osaka. We were supposed to travel to Wakayama and spend a night there but ditched the plan and just did a day trip there after our stay in Osaka.

Our day spent in Osaka was a hot one and it was also a public holiday and the place we stayed at; around the Shinsekai area where Tsutenkaku Tower is located; was packed with locals and tourists alike.

It's a bewildering place to be at, and an assault to the senses to put it mildly.
Welcome to Shinsekai - the new world that is already 104 years old. ^^

From narrow culinary street to panchinko shops. retro cinemas, shops selling clothes to shops where ojisan are playing shogi...
 There's even a zoo nearby. Make that the third zoo opened in Japan, back in 1915!
Keep your wits with you at Shinsekai. I find the place strange, even for Japan standard. Haha
Notice anything familiar in this photo?

Hint: It's next to the Japan flag.
It's pretty normal to see queue like this, in the area.
They are lining up for kushikatsu, a popular deep-fried dish in Osaka.

Another fun thing to do (well, for us at least) here is spot the Biliken.

Biliken is known in Osaka as “The God of Things As They Ought To Be”. The god has a mischievous smile with pointed elf-like ears, an elongated head and looks quite like a Buddha. 

But here's the thing: Billiken is not even Japanese! Billiken was actually made by an art teacher from America and is a mascot for the Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University High School!
Not only that Biliken is almost at every store front, one can buy Biliken as souvenir too. There are lots of Biliken merchandises!
After all the crowd and tired from our walk, it was nice to enjoy our meal. And some fruits too. 

5 comments:

  1. This post is so interesting with lively photos and you have the patience to explain all the history and objectives behind the statues. I saw our Malaysian flag and that guy lying down looked humorous! I think he wore an Eqyptian attire with loin cloth.

    Oh well, I have been told many times that most Japanese enjoy weird and kinky stuffs with taste. I would have screamed with joy if you shared a night's stay at Wakayama as I have this future plans to visit Mount Koya again and probably sleep by the cemetery! Go first and come back to share....

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    1. Hope you get to visit Mount Koya soon!

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  2. Hi! Nice captures. It looks very fun for your days in Osaka.

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    1. It was a fun day.
      But quite hot too

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