The Shinsaibashi area in Osaka Japan, is pure visual stimulation. As one of the better known shopping districts in Osaka, you are sure to find most everything you could be looking for. It’s hard to believe that there are enough people and shoppers to support the crazy amount of stores, shops, and snack stands. It is a little easier to wrap your mind around the consumer base if you take the Midosuji line on a Saturday and get off at Namba station. Walk all the way from Namba to Shinsaibashi while squeezing past what seems like millions of people and it will be clear. Every time you come to a cross street, there is another choice to go toward more endless stores and food options. I just will never understand how these people stay so skinny.
In fall 2014 I was roaming around the area somewhere between Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori when I stumbled on the coolest thing I had ever seen up to that point, TURTLE RACES! Continue reading