Getting to the heart of Osaka
The pedestrianized Ebisubashi (Ebisu Bridge) is Osaka’s equivalent of Times Square or Piccadilly Circus – and equally the center of New Year celebrations.
What’s the point of the Japanese tea ceremony?
Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic that was established by the monk Sen-no Rikkyu (1521-1591), who is largely responsible for the form of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
This is Japan's oldest theater art
Noh theatre is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. At Yamamoto Theater in Osaka, I enjoy a demonstration of the complicated process involved on putting on one of the costumes.
When in Osaka, go to a puppet show
Osaka’s most famous form of theater is Bunraku, a puppet show where the puppeteers appear on stage, rather than behind a curtain, but dressed in black.
Digging (into) Osaka street food
Shinsekai, Osaka, has a reputation for being the city's seediest neighborhood. It is an amusing concept for those used to the darker corners of London, New York or Rio de Janeiro.
What sets 'Osakans' apart from 'Tokyokko'?
You do not have to be in Osaka very long before the characteristics that supposedly distinguish it from Tokyo come up.