Osaka November 2014 Part 2 – Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

Konnichiwa from Tokyo! Queued posts while I’m here for work. No one wants to visit an idle blog!

So a lot of people go to Osaka for places like Osaka Castle, Universal Studios, and whatnot. Tucked away in the middle of the city is a gem that I want everyone to discover! I know there will be quite a number of you guys who will be going to Japan this spring, and I hope you find time to go to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (or Kurashi no Konjakukan). All you need is an hour or so, and maybe wifi so you can find where it is, lol.

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It’s always easier to take a train, but I walked all the way to my destination from Umeda/Osaka Station.

You can go straight to Tenjinbashi 6-chome Station (Tanimachi or Sakisuji Subway Line) if it’s too far from where you’re staying.

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As for me, I like walking, especially in cold weather.

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There are always interesting things to see on the street. I love the convenience of trains, but I hate missing out on the city’s sights and sounds.

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I was up so early, stores weren’t even open y et.

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Kurosakicho.

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SUDDENLY, Edo period houses. I reached the building where the museum was, and went straight to the 10th floor observatory to get a good view of the place.

This museum is the only one in Japan that was able to perfectly reproduce Edo period Osaka. Basically, this is a place where you can experience how it felt like living in Osaka as a normal person during that time.

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Not your ordinary museum. The lighting changes every few minutes to show how it looks like during different parts of the day.

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Reminds me of my neighbor’s fluffy white cat. Always fighting with other cats, lol.

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200yen yukata rental a.k.a. the reason why a lot of girls come to this place.

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From the display, you can already imagine the endless Instagram possibilities…

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Case in point.

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This family had a wonderful time role-playing in their traditional Japanese outfits. I really like how they also have costumes for guys!

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I picked a bright, summer-y orange and yellow set… because the ones I wanted went to a large group of girls that came in line before me. Oh well!

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Forever alone! If you’re wondering who took these pictures, I just asked a kind stranger to take them for me!

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A recreation of a public bathhouse.

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Why do birds suddenly appear?

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Looks so real!

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Fancy dinner set-up.

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I want this in my house.

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Various mask designs that people are free to try on.

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Figures.

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Spotted some kids on a school excursion, answering some sort of questionnaire about Edo period living.

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Prints.

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Yet another kind stranger took this photo for me. The kimono/yukata rental also comes with a small bag where you can put your valuables (since you’ll have to deposit your bag in a locker).

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On the 8th floor is an amazing exhibition filled with scale models of Osaka during the Meiji period and after World War II.

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Check out all these tiny details.

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Japan’s city planning game was strong, even in 1884. How neat!

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The modernization of Central Osaka in 1932.

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1935 townhouses and suburban expansion.

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Houses, alleys, and shops in Karahori Avenue.

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Shirokita bus settlement in 1948.

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Old school posters. It’s amazing how they managed to cover all bases here in the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living.

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A scale model of the Osaka Expo in the ‘70s. Looks straight out of a story book!

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Row, row, row your boat.

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Just outside the building where the museum is Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street. The longest shopping street in the whole Japan at 2.6 kilometers. Crazy! Wanted to breeze through everything but I had to get ready for the airport. There is no such thing as enough time in Japan.

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hareyaka shitoyaka nagoyaka maroyaka sawayaka komayaka shinayaka hanayaka odayaka karuyaka sukoyaka nigiyaka supoyaka umayaka

I can read, but I definitely don’t understand everything, lol. My skills are so rusty. Someone practice with me!

One last Osaka post, then we can all finally move on from my November 2014 trip, lol. Psyched to share a new set of Nagoya photos from my family trip last December.