The decrepit but quaint town of Shinsekai ( ironically meaning “The New World” in Japanese ) was definitely one of the highlights during my recent stay in Osaka. After the visit to Katsuya Terada’s 10 Ten Retrospective exhibition in Kyoto, my friend Kunrong suggested we head down to Osaka for some sightseeing. His workplace Platinum Games is located in the heart of Osaka City.
(above) A Shotengai largely devoid of human traffic. Walking through Shinsekai is like getting zapped back in time to the middle of the Showa period.
If you find the landscape and structures oddly familiar, it might be because you’ve seen the psychedelic version of it in Michael Aria’s animated film Tekkon Kinkreet, where the filmmakers referenced for many of the beautiful background art plates.
(above & below) The Tsutenkaku Tower offers a stunning view of Osaka city. The drizzle that day made the sights even more moody.
(above) I felt like I was in a life action version of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost In The Shell film when walking down this street.