Osaka doesn’t have a Chinatown but it does have a Korea Town in the neighborhood of Tsuruhashi. “Oh now you’re just trollin’, Z! You said you were done with Korea!” Well actually… this is one of those long walks I’m taking where I get off at a certain station and walk a different section of the city each time. It just so happens I run into Korea Town ^^;. Just passing through here on my way to Shitennoji.
I walked here all the way from Keihan Kyobashi station. Around a 40 minute walk.
A huge section were just narrow alley shops. It was quite an interesting and lively atmosphere.
multitudes of kimchi shop everywhere too. I think I saw more kimchi shops here than I did in Korea!
I’m not kidding… the alleys were really narrow…textile shops, food, clothes, food, housewares, food, tools, jewelries, restaurants… practically everything you want for daily life besides electronics.
Korean instant ramen! and more assorted kimchi! Yes… a few of the areas does reek of kimchi…
Lots of fresh meat and fish shops, seaweed shops, and chili pepper shops too.
After walking around in circles a few times, I finally found my way out of the place and toward another part of the city. While a bit crowded and cramped, it was a lively environment. Most of the people working at the shops are actually Koreans (some who knows only just enough Japanese to sell their products. I learned from one of my classes here that Koreans make up the biggest immigrant population in Japan, somewhere around 30%, and this Koreatown is apparently the biggest one in Japan. There’s still quite a lot I haven’t explored yet as I was just walking through but I’m guessing there’s more to this place than just the alley shops.