Not Just for Vintage Clothing! 5 Places You Should Visit in Osaka’s Amerikamura
Amerikamura is famous for being Osaka’s art, music and fashion hub as well as having tons of vintage clothing stores. This time, we will introduce 5 picks of recommended places that are not vintage clothing stores.
Mitsu Park, known as the symbol of Amerikamura, has been affectionately referred to as “Sankaku Park” since long ago because of its triangle shape. Located in the heart of Amerikamura, regardless of day or night, it is a meeting place for people visiting Amerikamura and it is also a commonly used spot for people wanting to take a rest. Established in front of the park is a vision space called RIBIA which broadcasts music and fashion information. Inside the space is a stage used for live shows and performances and when it opens, Sankaku Park quickly transforms into an audience seating area. On the first and third Sunday of every month, there are live events featuring newly-discovered artists or kids dance events held, so if your schedule permits, be sure to visit. It’s a precious chance to experience live performances by the Osakan people who are overflowing with energy!
Since its establishment in 1974, takoyaki shop Kougaryuu has become something of a landmark in Amerikamura. Takoyaki is a dish made from octopus and condiments dipped in a batter of flour, water, dashi and eggs then fried; it is Osaka’s representative street food. Kougaryuu’s takoyaki contains a batter with 7 kinds of dashi and Japanese yam, a hearty amount of octopus, and is topped with a special homemade sauce and mayonnaise made from only egg yolks to curb the acidity. Apart from the sauce and the mayonnaise, there are kinds topped with plenty of green onion and ponzu sauce or the black pepper, salt, and mayonnaise flavor mix that’s easy for foreigners to eat. A fun thing to do is observe at the shop window where you can see the takoyaki being turned one by one while they’re being made. Although there is space to eat inside the shop, lining up with the young people and sitting and eating at the nearby Sankaku Park is also good.
Omurice is a dish made from rice seasoned with butter and ketchup, mixed with your preferred ingredients and wrapped in lightly fried eggs. Referred to as a “Western-style meal”, it is an example of the Western inspired foods that developed in Japan with the name being a combination of “omelette” and “rice,” derived from the way it’s made. Hokkyokusei’s omurice has ketchup rice inside along with ingredients that differ based on the menu like ham, chicken, beef, seafood, etc., and ranges in price from around 800 JPY to 1,000 JPY. Other than omurice, there is a full-blown menu with salad, croquettes and more. Also another reason for its popularity is the fact that you can enjoy Western-style food in a building where both the interior and exterior give off a purely Japanese-style atmosphere. Because it receives many visits from foreign tourists, they have menus prepared in English, Chinese and Korean. Although it’s referred to as Western-style, omurice has succeeded into Japan’s unique food culture. Please try it for yourself.
Among the many individualistic shops that line Amerikamura, one particularly popular with women is Alice on Wednesday. It’s a miscellaneous goods store based on the world-view of the novel “Alice in Wonderland”. Cheshire cat cookies, playing card accessories, tea party tote bags and much more; there are around 2,000 kinds of Alice-themed goods available. When you pass through the shop’s small entrance, there are two rooms; the Tea Party Space in white and the Queen of Hearts Space in black where you will be captivated not only by the goods but also by the shop interior that overflows with the appearance of the storybook world. The most fun thing about the store is the many strange contraptions inside that you can interact with. Based on the degree of congestion in the store, the shop may close earlier so it’s recommend that you call to confirm before you go.
Opened in 2015, Totti Candy Factory became popular in the blink of an eye as the place where you can “eat gigantic cotton candy!!” The inside of the store decorated like a fairytale in pink and white has rows of candy that are almost too cute to eat. Naturally, this store sells cotton candy. For 500 JPY - 700 JPY you can buy enormous cotton candy made with a special machine. Handmade cake pops in the form of animal faces and donuts are made one by one by the workers. The cake inside the cake pops is a joint development with a Michelin star holding French restaurant’s patisserie so the taste is also exceptional. Based on the type, the price may differ but you can purchase them for around 300 JPY - 410 JPY. In addition, candies gathered from Japan and all over the world like gummies, chocolates, marshmallows and more are there in abundance and are sold by weight. You can shop while having fun tasting and choosing at Amerikamura’s attention grabbing newcomer.
What did you think? Apart from vintage stores, Amerikamura is dotted with many food and fashion spots where you can enjoy yourself. While walking through the town overflowing with energy, you can satisfy your stomach, buy souvenirs, and savor the atmosphere of Osaka to your heart’s content.
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