• six foot tall plexiglass walls were erected when a 25 year old drowned in the Dotonbori during celebrations when the Tigers took the Pacific League penant in 2005.
  • Japanese Chef or Surgeon? - capn madd matt

This Is Osaka

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One of the cliched shots that is iconic of Osaka. This is one part of Dotonbori, which literally means, Field of A Thousand Deep Fryers Where The Clean Arteries Come to Explode (Anal Fact-Checkers will say it literally means Doton's Canal, but they aren't taking Context into account).

If you ate at different Dotonbori restaurants everyday for your entire adult life, you wouldn't be able to eat at them all. Because you would be dead before you turned 30. If that's not a proverb it should be. There is one that run's something like, In Kyoto the rich become poor by spending their fortunes on clothes, but in Osaka they become poor by spending their fortunes on food.

This is from the Ebisu bridge which crosses the canal, where in 1985 after the Hanshin Tigers won the Japan Series of Baseball, the revelers, jumping celebratory into the Canal, grabbed a statue of Colonel Sanders in effigy of player Randy Bass (because you know... he was a foreigner, and a statue of Colonel Sanders resembles him more than anyone else in the crowd would) and chucked it into the canal. Thus began the Curse of the Colonel, (Boston's cursed by a fat guy who smoked stogies, Osaka by a fake colonel who smoked chickens. Better than being cursed by a billy goat.), the Tigers have remained without a championship win since '85 and efforts to recover the statue from the canal (either by divers or dredging) have all failed. Y'know, because it's a canal, in the middle of a giant urban industrial city, it'd be easier to find a one yen coin in a large stock pot filled with split pea soup. Y'know, because you can eat the soup. That canal ain't clean even by East River NYC standards.

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  1. PacoAlcantara 86 months ago | reply

    hehehe you are an Osaka oracle.
    did you get to jump off the bridge before they spoiled the fun?

    by the way:
    You are one of my favorite photographers on Flickr and I would be honoured if you join Flickr Favorite Photographers

  2. capn madd matt 86 months ago | reply

    they shouldn't be messin' with my pal...

    The Colonel & The Capn

  3. cole24_ 86 months ago | reply

    I want to go to Osaka more than I would want to go to Tokyo. I had a friend from this area and she would tell me about how great it was.

  4. Haikiba 86 months ago | reply

    Not only the billy goat, don't forget Billy Penn.

  5. 顔なし 86 months ago | reply

    @pakismo, nah, it was up for a few months by the time I got to Japan, but I don't think I would go in regardless, I might come out with a few diseases. Oh and thanks for the invite.

    @cap'n, which is exactly why they are cursed.

    @cole, I really dig Tokyo, awesome place, lots to do, but I prefer the Kansai area and Osaka. I don't know what it is, maybe it's somethingi n the water, or the funny way the people talk.

    @Haikiba, yeah I feel ashamed for forgetting that one, my long time roommate was from Philadelphia, so around playoff time (didn't matter which sport) it would come up n conversation a lot. Don't the Pirates have some curse on them too?

  6. Hryck. 86 months ago | reply

    I do know the Pirates were cursed by Lloyd McClendon for about 5 years.

  7. 顔なし 86 months ago | reply

    yes, it is, people watching alone could take up an entire night. I was reminded in a nother photo that after taking this shot I ran into a group of about 30-40 hosts all hanging around on the outside and halfway inside of the Starbucks/Tsutaya which is out of frame down past the bottom left of this shot. I don't think I had ever seen that many of them in one place before and was so in awe I could not take one of those stealthy unethical shots.

  8. R13N 85 months ago | reply

    OHHHHH!!! You should have sent this info to me long ago , when I thought I was being clever signing MAMA SAN! Live and learn.

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