2018年03月08日

'Nanba Grand Kagetsu', found in the 'Minami' area in Osaka City, is a theater focused on Japanese Comedy.

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This theater dates back to 'Osaka Kagetsu' opened in 1939, and was rebuilt at the present place, in the vicinity of the original one, in 1987. 'Yoshimoto Kogyo', an Osaka-based leading theatrical agency in Japan, has many theaters across the country, most of them are in Osaka and Tokyo. Among them, this is regarded as a flagship theater. It initially was equipped with all non-reserved seats, however they wholly are reserved seats now. So it may be difficult to book, particularly on weekends. This has repeatedly undergone repair works since its completion, and the latest anti-earthquake work has just finished in December 2017. The theater building in the picture consists of Nanba Grand Kagetsu and some leased commercial spaces. 'Yoshimoto Manzai Theater' (Manzai means a comicdialogue) and 'NMB 48 Theater' (NMB 48 means a Japanese girls' idol group in Osaka) stand on opposite side, which forms this neighborhood into the local center of Japanese Comedy.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:11 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2017年06月23日

'Nanba', dotted with miscellaneous inexpensive shops and restaurants, is a part of 'Minami', which is one of the largest business and shopping areas in Osaka.

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Different from 'Kita' with many modern buildings, 'Minami' which is an old amusement area dating back to the 17-19th century still features traditional townscape of Osaka. 'Nanba' area, a part of 'Minami', is typical of Osaka as it is dotted with many inexpensive restaurants such as 'kushikatsu' fried skewered cutlets restaurants and 'doguyasuji' shopping street focused on kitchen utensils is also found here. In addition, 'Nanba Grand Kagetsu' theater as shown in the first picture, where the local comedians perform every day, symbolizes this area.
The second picture shows 'Kuromon Market' which is lined with 180 fish shops, vegetable stores and seafood restaurants with less expensive price.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年12月12日

EXPO'70 Commemorative Park in Suita City, upper Osaka, was built in the site where Japan World Exposition, EXPO'70, was held in 1970.

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The site of EXPO'70, which is up to 260 hectares, has been opened to the public as a big park after gradual repair works since 1972. The first picture shows 'Taiyo no to', The Tower of the Sun, designed by Taro Okamoto who was Japan's leading avant-garde artist. This tower used to be one of the pavilions as a symbolic monument of this exposition. This symbolic tower aside, extensive Japanese gardens also built for EXPO'70 are well maintained, which is designed to show the characteristics of Japanese garden of each era from ancient times up to now. EXPO'70 Commemorative Park has become one of the greatest general parks in Japan, with lodging facilities, various kinds of sports facilities and National Museum of Ethnology built in 1977 as shown in the second picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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