Shinsekai District in Osaka
Over the last weekend of January Korea celebrate Lunar New Year so everyone gets a four day weekend. Ash and I went to Japan for a job interview in Osaka so were lucky enough to be able to spend a little bit more time sightseeing in the city. We hadn’t had time during our trip in September to visit the Shinsekai ‘New World’ district. It was built before World War 2 and features traditional styled restaurants and Tsutentaku Tower at it’s centre.
We were staying in a very cheap hotel with a traditional Japanese room (futon mattress on the floor) in the area so made the most of being nearby. After the interview we only had one full day of sightseeing so we focussed quite a lot of our attentions on this area. Shinsekai is apparently considered to be quite a seedy and dangerous area but we didn’t get that feeling at all. The buildings were beautifully decorated and there were lots of izakaya’s (small bars where you can buy beer and assorted plates of tasty fried nibbles).
Here are some pictures of the area by night.
As it stands we’ve been offered a job in Japan and we move there in mid March! I’m going to miss Korea a lot (especially the food) but am super excited about starting the next chapter of our travelling adventure as I’ve fallen in love with what I’ve experienced of Japan so far.