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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Dotonbori, For Food and, Uh, Love Hotels

Above, the famous big crab sign in Dotonbori. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Last night, Denise Santos, her son Aiden and I headed to Osaka's Dotonbori for dinner.

It was a short subway ride (about 15 min.) from our hotel and a five minute walk from the subway station.

Above, when you see signs like this one, you known you're in Dotonbori. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Once we got into Dotonbori, we made a left turn to look for a place to eat. Apparently, we took a wrong turn and instead of restaurants, we found a sizable cluster of love hotels of just about every size and description.

Above, the entrance of one love hotel... Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, ...and its room rates. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In case you don't know what a love hotel is, here's a description:
"Love Hotels" offer short stays and some truly off-the-wall rooms. Love Hotels, or "rabuho" (ラブホ) for short, began in Osaka during the late 1960s. Japan's version of the "no-tell motel", they became big business, and even Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi opened one.
So, we made a u-turn and went the other way. After crossing a main street, we found the center of Dotonbori's eateries and started looking for one to our liking. It didn't take too long to find one.

Above, an octopus sign adorns a restaurant. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The area was crowded with people and it had a festive atmosphere. Nearby, was the Dotonbori Canal where people can take a boat tour of the district. The area has interesting signage.

Above, this dragon adorns another restaurant. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
After dinner, we walked around for a while, at least until our feet gave out.

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