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On the Street in Shinsekai

Posted by
Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 13 February 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Souvenir shops and restaurants line the streets in the Shinsekai ('New World') district of Osaka. Developed in the early 1900s as an exposition site, the area has had quite the history, although it has a somewhat shady reputation these days. Still, today, its kushi katsu restaurants are a big tourist draw, and the Tsutenkaku tower (photo coming up soon) is a famous symbol of Osaka.

The history of Shinsekai:

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Paula Camps from Mahón (Menorca), Spain

Nice shot!

13 Feb 2009 7:10am

@Paula Camps: Cheers Paula!

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Lot's of souvenirs to sell.

13 Feb 2009 9:52am

@akarui: Busy place Olivier!

Ian from A nice, tranquil leafy place, United Kingdom

Nice shot. Like how, in b&w, the souvenirs become an indistinct complicated mass.

13 Feb 2009 12:48pm

@Ian: Thanks Ian. I was happy with how chaotic that whole section of the photo came out...

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice street shot ! so many details !

13 Feb 2009 2:18pm

@Anna.C: Thanks Anna!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh I love this shopping scene, I wish I were right there and very rich lol

13 Feb 2009 2:54pm

@Lorraine: Cheers Lorraine! Don't worry, these shops don't sell anything expensive!

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States

Amazing density in this.

13 Feb 2009 3:56pm

@Twelvebit: Thanks Twelvebit!

kiji from valenciennes City of Lights, France

Very interesting photo. So many things to buy :)

13 Feb 2009 4:15pm

@kiji: Cheers kiji! Not so useful items though...

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I think this is a terrific lifestyle, urban streetscape. You've captured such excellent detail in this.

13 Feb 2009 6:15pm

@Diane Schuller: Thank you Diane!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

There's a lot to look at in this great shot. Nice one.

14 Feb 2009 2:50am

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This type of streets are in many towns in Japan. I don't like them, BUT.....they always draw my attention with the strangest collection of knick-knacks and all sorts of so-called souvenirs. ALWAYS a lot to look at and you captured so well the details! Another special capture!!!!!

9 May 2009 4:44am

@Japanalia: Thanks Gabriela. Yes, not 'attractive' areas in the traditional sense, but there's lots to draw the eye in this sort of place.