One of the things I love about traveling is that I can find many unexpected things and learn from what I meet on the road. The problem of language, culture and culture differences seems to be not a constraint that takes a long time to adapt. Instead I feel obliged to understand local wisdom.
Like when I was in Japan, the three cities I visited were different in their daily culture. First Tokyo, the most populous metropolitan city in the world, has a fast-paced life rhythm. So do not be surprised if being on the streets of this city, I feel in the midst of a sea of people. Everywhere as if in a hurry. Not only on the road but also in underground railway stations. Then Kyoto. In contrast to Tokyo, Kyoto tends to be a quieter and more relaxed city with a sense of cultural traditions that are still thick. Likewise with Osaka, in the second most important city in Japan I also feel the atmosphere of different cities. Also read: Top Things to Do in Osaka.
Osaka is my last stopover city in Japan. Compared to the other two cities (Tokyo and Kyoto), I did not have enough references to the interesting attractions here. But it is precisely here that I find many surprises during exploring Osaka. From the uniquely shaped buildings I accidentally saw on the street, the magnificent ancient castles, the large display ads, the local language dialects I read in the hostel toilets, and so on.
From the results of exploring and observing, at least I found 10 of these things in Osaka:
1. Tsutenkaku Tower
When I get off the JR Loop Line at Shin-Imami Station, I have not seen this tower when the station is located above the elevated rail. Had time to doubt if the tower I was looking for was around this station. After I walked out the new station visible appearance. It turns out this tower is outdone by the buildings around it. 😀
Tsutenkaku Tower is in the middle of the Shinsekai district. Nearby there is a row of souvenir shops and restaurants, much like the market (or is it a market?). The tower was built in 1912 after the construction of the Eiffel tower in Paris, although it was destroyed during World War II but eventually built again with a height of only 103 meters. So it looks like a failed building, called a tower is also not very appropriate because of the small height. But precisely Tsutenkaku Tower became one of the unique icon of Osaka city.
2. Umeda Sky Building
Actually this is not one building, but two buildings that are connected on the second floor. In my opinion, this building has quite spectacular architectural art. At half the height, the two buildings are connected by a bridge, while to the top floor utilized as a “Floating Garden Observatory” can also be accessed by using an escalator that can be seen from below. This escalator is said to be the longest in the world. Imaginable … while climbing the escalator can see the sights of Osaka. To reach this place, can walk from Osaka Station about 10-15 minutes.
3. Buildings Torn by Toll Road
Before accidentally finding it when I walked from Fukushima Station towards Osaka Station, I actually had seen a video about this building on Youtube. Now without looking for it I can see it directly, even I do not know if this building is in Osaka.
After I ‘Googling’, this building also has a nickname that is “beehive”. The 16-storey pekantoran building is ‘pierced’ by the Hanshin Expressway (kind of elevated highway) between the 5th and 7th floors. The Japanese engineers are not at a loss, when the limited lands of development must keep going. Awesome! Under this road is also used for fueling stations.
4. Osaka Castle
Among the many modern skyscrapers in Osaka, stands a magnificent ancient castle in the middle of the city, Osaka Castle. The castle is surrounded by a 2 square kilometer park filled with 600s of Sakura trees. As I walked from the nearest JR Loop Line station, Osakajokoen Station, it took about 15-20 minutes to get to the main building. But walking in the middle of the day with the scorching weather is not too pathetic. Because will be accompanied by Sakura trees and a beautiful pool. Ah, try to fit early spring, here must have gathered many Japanese citizens to celebrate the flower festival Sakura (Hanami Matsuri).
Look at the foundation that sustains the castle, it is super big rocks that are bigger than humans. Hmm … how to install it in antiquity huh?
5. Shitenno-ji Temple
Shitennoji is one of the oldest temples in Japan and to reach this place I was really only guided by the Google Map app. It is quite far from the nearest JR Loop Line station, Tennoji Station. Its location to go through the market kiosks and office buildings, makes me more challenged and must carefully follow the directions maps. However, all paid off with the success of finding the treasure of a magnificent temple on which there are objects similar to this sate.
To see around this temple is free of charge, but if you want to go inside you have to pay, if I still just outside it and have photographs.
6. Giant Ads in Dotonburi
Dotonburi Street is the most famous tourist area in Osaka. Located close to Namba Station and the street is parallel to the Dotonburi canal. This area will be more lively at night, because a lot of neon advertising installed in a giant size along this road.
7. Glico Running Man
If you like to eat snack Pocky, must know little coming from what the company this food. Yep, Glico. Japanese food company based in Osaka is indeed quite famous in the world. A giant neon sign with a man running on a blue track was set up by the company on Jalan Dotonburi. Glico Running Man, seems to have become an icon of Osaka City since 1935. Men dressed in a typical classic athletes run away is still maintained. Not to forget, background runner also displays the landmark of Osaka City. Every day there may be hundreds of people who take pictures in front of him, including me, and must be willing to queue to get the perfect picture angle.
8. Replication of Giant Sea Creatures
For promotional purposes, usually the restaurant provides leaflets or install the cuisine menu in front of the restaurant. However, that is not enough for some restaurants on Jalan Dotonbori. In order to attract the attention of visitors, there are restaurants that install a giant crab replica above the entrance. Not only the crab, I also saw some who installed a giant octopus, because maybe he sold Takoyaki.
9. Dialect of Osaka (Osaka-ben)
Believe it or not, I just found out that Osaka residents have their own language dialect when I’m sitting on the toilet. Ha-ha-ha … the hostel toilets do put up paper with several languages to memorize. Osaka residents have some vocabulary or called Osaka-ben which is typical and different from Japanese in general.
Some words used daily include:
Ookini is used to say the word “thank you”, or commonly in Japanese is “arigatou”
Nambo is used to ask the price of “how much it costs”, or in common Japanese is “o-ikura desu ka”
Bochi-bochi in standard Japanese is “botsu-botsu” which means declaring a thing between excellent or ugly, yes like the word “so-so” in English
Makete is used to request price reductions or discounts when buying something, such as saying “discount, please”
Hona is used to say the word “okay” or “bye”. Osaka residents use it like “Hona, see you later,” sort of thing.
10. Road Ethics in Escalators
Japan is a country with the right wheel system as in Indonesia. So the logical vehicle runs on the left and to overtake the vehicle must pass right. So also with how to walk or ride escalator. This is common in Tokyo and Kyoto. Where if we go up the escalator and not in a hurry, stand on the left to allow others to precede on the right. However, this is the opposite in Osaka. Once I got to Osaka Station I was wrong and thought the people of this town were not orderly. But it turns out the rules are different from other cities
Those 10 things are my own observations, and there may actually be other things that make Osaka more unique. Keep exploring, keep learning!
Source : https://rosnahindarti.com/2015/02/13/uniknya-osaka/