If you’re ever in Osaka at night, Dotonbori is the place to be. It’s the central drag in Osaka jam packed full of people, energy, and lots of really good restaurants. The motto in Osaka, after all, is kuidaore – eat until you drop.
With some much competition for diners on the street, businesses have to do something extra to stand out. Apparently, it started out with this mechanised crab billboard:
…which was swiftly followed by imitations like this puffer fish:
…or these light-up demons shilling takoyaki (squid balls – highly recommended!):
…or this jolly gentleman, who looks like his mouth should move but didn’t:
One of the famous symbols of Osaka, the Glico Man, is just around the corner, nestled in a wall of writhing neon advertising:
Battle the throngs on a Saturday night, it’s worth it. Not as Blade-Runnery as Tokyo, not Times Square-sy like New York, but genuinely charming in its own way.