Osaka Dotonbori After Dark

Magic and nightlife between Nanba and Shinsaibashi

 By Bonson Lam   Mar 23, 2013

Every evening the ladies of Osaka put on their lipstick and mascara, and with a flick of a switch, the city glows with flamboyance and fantasy. I am not just talking about the beautiful young things in Shinsaibashi, but the street upon street of larger than life neon signs, from the oversized Crab at Kani Doraku restaurant, to angry chefs and bloated “Fugu” fish characters that tread the border line between agony and ecstasy.

This is Osaka. Larger than life, a fantasy that is altogether adult and childlike at the same time. The Dotonbori Bridge is great place to enjoy this outdoor street theater. While the Kabuki playhouses from the 1600s are long gone, this is a popular meeting spot. Chances are you will have difficulty finding your rendezvous amongst the crowds, for they are all mesmerized, spirited away in a world that is like a Hayao Miyazaki animation.

Photography by Bonson Lam
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Yuna Gena 6 months ago
I think I will never get tired of this vibrant atmosphere of Dotonbori.
Justin Velgus a year ago
I missed this during my short stay in Osaka four years ago. The nightlife in Osaka is famous, though I would be content walking the street and visiting a simple izakaya during my visit.
Bonson Lam Photographer 3 years ago
It is easy to get carried away with the excitement of the Las Vegas of Osaka, but don't get too tipsy, or the big crab will jump out and chase after you!