January 24th 2023
20 million people, more than I've ever been able to hold within my vision at one time. More than I would like to hold in my vision at one time. Osaka, while being technically the third largest city in Japan, mixes with other famous cities such as Kyoto, Nara and Kobe, to create a single juggernaut known as the Kansai region.
Known as the trendier, more rebellious and down to earth brother of Tokyo, Osaka is also the go-to place in Japan for food. While struggling to eat vegan in Nagoya, here I had for the first time takoyaki (originally balls of fried octopus), okonomiyaki (essentially vegetable topped pancakes, a famous Osaka/Hiroshima dish), and yakisoba (fried noodles).
300m up in Osaka's tallest building, Harukas 300, the glittering luminous entrails of Kansai was laid out before me from every direction. How did we ever get this far? Is there any where left in the world where you can look around from 300m and only see nature?