Shin-sekai market, Naniwa

2.7
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Shinsekai is an old neighbourhood located next to south Osaka City's downtown "Minami" area. The neighbourhood was created in 1912 with New York as a model for its southern half and Paris for its northern half. At this location, a Luna Park amusement park operated from 1912 until it closed in 1923.As a result of minimal redevelopment after World War II, the area has become one of Japan's poorest. Despite its negative image and commonly held reputation as Osaka's most dangerous area, Shinsekai boasts a colourful history and unique identity. At the beginning of the 20th century the neighbourhood flourished as a local tourist attraction showcasing the city's modern image. The centrepiece of the neighbourhood was Tsutenkaku Tower (the "tower reaching to heaven").Whether the stigma surrounding Shinsekai is deserved is open to debate. Many Osakans claim to be afraid to set foot in the area. The travel guide Lonely Planet Japan, warns visitors to "keep their wits about them" as Shinsekai may be the "closest thing in Japan to a dangerous neighbourhood". However, Shinsekai's status as a dangerous area owes much to criminal activity that flourished in the decades before the 1990s. Continuing the area's chequered fortunes of recent years, in place of rampant criminality, Osaka's large permanent settlement of homeless has taken root in the areas around Shinsekai. Homeless men, often elderly, from all over Japan come to Osaka to escape the stigma of hometown societal shame and wander the streets around the area. The neighbourhood is also home to a large presence of prostitutes and a concentration of Osaka's transvestite community.
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  • It is an arcade street which branches diagonally from Tsutenkaku hondori street. It was full of retro feeling and loneliness though it was not so far from Tsutenkaku where there were a lot of tourists.
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  • I visited on Sunday. When i went from the station to Tsutenkaku, I found a new world market and went through it. Most of the shops had shutters down. The shop of Yamazaki bread was open. There was a flea market on Sunday, and there were shops in front of the shutters, including accessories, clothes and music. It was tasteful.
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  • It is quite a small market, but I found some interesting things to try here, like Japanese brew coffee, and some strange foods. Also some interesting characters in this area.
  • Lots of souvenir shops with reasonable price. If you're good at haggling, you can get an even better deal. Most of the shopkeepers are very helpful and they speak english.
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