Food Inspired by Mario’s World

It’s in Super Nintendo World, an area dedicated to Mario’s world in Universal Park in Osaka, Japan, that the Kinopio’s Cafe is located. Continue reading »

Cat Cafe in Osaka, Japan

The world’s first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998. The Taiwanese cat cafe, located in Taipei, eventually became famous in Japan and began to attract many Japanese tourists as well as domestic visitors. In Japan, the first cat cafe opened in Osaka in 2004 (in photos by Natalia Sobolevskaya) Continue reading »

Otaku In Osaka

The eighth annual Nipponbashi Street Festa stamped Osaka March 20, 2012 (Nipponbashi is Osaka’s geek district – much like Akihabara is for Tokyo). Cosplayers turned up in colourful outfits, dressing as characters from their favourite manga, anime, and video games. The street was closed to cars, and otaku flooded the streets, snapping pics, cosplaying, and hanging out. Continue reading »

Buraku Journey in Osaka


A photo journey to Buraku area of Osaka by Ian Laidlaw.

The Burakumin are a Japanese minority group consisting of around 3 million people in about 6,000 communities. Their ancestors were classes as outcastes during the Tokugawa period (1603-1868) due to their occupations. They are still discriminated against today.

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