Dotomburi, Osaka

Dotomburi district is nightlife central in Osaka. It is a riot of color, neon, people, food and fashion.

The character of Dotomburi was defined in 1621 when the Tokugawa Shogunate instituted urban planning, designating Dotomburi as the entertainment district of Osaka. By 1662 the avenue boasted six Kabuki and five Bunraku theaters, as well as the unique Takeda Karakuri mechanical puppet theater. Many restaurants and cafes were built to cater to the flood of tourists and entertainment-seekers pouring nightly into Dōtonbori.

Over the years, declining interest in traditional forms of entertainment led to the closing of most of Dotomburi’s original attractions. Its five remaining theaters were bombed and destroyed during World War II.

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2 Replies to “Dotomburi, Osaka”

  1. So much of the scene is like sensory overload! Though the popup rooftop beer gardens seem awesome. How much of the landscape feels “wild” to you? As opposed to manicured like in this area or in the temples?

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    1. Hi Fre,

      “Wild” does not seem to be the proper way to describe the opposite of the composed setting of so many things here in Japan. Osaka, where we are referencing from, is considered the blue collar big city in Japan. So with that in mind, things here seem to be a little more down to earth than what I am finding in Kyoto, for instance. That said, Japan as a whole I find to be so much more composed than anywhere I have ever been. But we knew that just by visiting Japanese gardens and nurseries in Berkeley, right? Detail here is a deeper concept than almost anywhere else I have visited.

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