Chuo ward

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Epic Trip 2013

Once upon a time...

by Mona Nomura

Chuo ward — On the southern tip of Japan, there is a land centered around a castle and a bear. The people are kind and directionally challenged (The tourist information woman told me to make a left, while tracing a right turn on the map. The train station employee inside of the ticket booth, guided me to the wrong train and I ended up going the opposite direction!) The young men shave their eyebrows like th...

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My mind could have kept me walking for hours, but my feet had something else in mind.

by Brian Bukowski

Chuo ward — My travel exploration technique is to walk, walk, walk, and then walk some more. Occasionally with a destination in mind, but usually not. This walk took me to the rather stunning Osaka JR station. L...

Epic Trip 2013

Southern women and ramen.

by Mona Nomura

Chuo ward — What is it with the south and women? In the US, there are Southern Belles and in Japan, Hakata Bijin (博多美人). Hakata is a southern region of Japan. Bijin means beauty. This region is known for the beau...

The wordless traveller

by Ben Jennings

Chuo ward — My last night in Osaka. Exhausted, hungry, poor Japanese at best. With no English menu in sight, I impressed the waitress by ordering my meal using this photo from the storefront food display (taken m...

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