Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Spring Break 2008 in Osaka

This is a completely self-indulgent post by the author who apparently is becoming a real blogger more and more everyday... With a few days off I was able to explore my city and take hundreds of photographs. Here are some that I like the best. Click on the way too many links for more information on particular items featured in the photos.

Aloha! Who is Hawaiian and who is Japanese? (This one and only photo taken in Tenri-shi, actually...)

Early hanami at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.

Spring activities at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.

Many ways to relax at Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.

Dotombori's oh so many sights...

Taking pictures of people taking pictures of their friends with a famous Osaka character, Guriko-man.

Different paths of life in Namba.

Den Den Town: home of multitudes of electronics shops and otaku stuffs.

Also in Den Den Town: A maid massage parlor on the third floor; cosplay space on the second floor.

Shinsekai with Tsutenkaku Tower in the background.

Cleaning Billiken; although not originally from Osaka, he has become an important symbol of Osaka.

Sumo. These shots are from the Spring Basho (Day 12) at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. These are lower ranked wrestlers that fought early in the day. The matches start at 8:50 AM and last until almost 6:00 PM.

I took over 200 pictures at the basho. This one I worked the hardest for - trying to get a shot of the purifying salt throwing.

You can see more of my sumo pictures here.

Now the break is over - back to work we go. 頑張りましょう!

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