My Sunday Photo – Dotonbori At Night

My Sunday Photo for this week is titled Dotonbori At Night

Dotonbori is the tourist destination in Osaka. It is unlike any place I have ever seen, even more surreal than the neon jungle of Shinjuku. At night it unleashes an all-out assault on the senses. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Dotonbori are unique.

If there was one goal that I had during my time in Osaka it was to get to Dotonbori at night, to take some photographs. One night, after Hannah had gone to bed, I worked up the energy to head on out and take some shots. It wasn't late - probably about 8pm on a Sunday night, but I got the impression the place was just warming up. Every restaurant and eatery had a steadily building line of people. That's not surprising, Dotonbori is a legendary food destination!

I took hundreds of photos of the quirky features of the famous area, but those require a detailed post with explanations of what on earth you are looking at. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, enjoy this long-exposure shot of the main canal area. It's a 3.2 second exposure (hand-held, rested on a bridge for support). I feel it really captured the vibrancy and bustle of the area at night. I really love the mixture of movement and people standing or sitting extremely still.

Dotonbori At Night
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About The Photo

The line of people on the bottom right are waiting for a seat in an extremely popular ramen restaurant. Every time we walked past (even at 10am) there was a queue to get in. The bright glow with a mad scramble of people out the front is a duty-free store. I went inside and immediately felt so claustrophobic that I had to get out. I couldn't for the life of me see what all the fuss was about.

The docked barge-type boat was one of the many party boats cruising up and down the canal. Each was packed full of tourists. Towards the top of the picture you can just make out the scrum of people on the next bridge. They were all scrambling to take a photo of some of Dotonbori's most iconic neon signs.

I think this photo best sums up Dotonbori at night. 

If you like this photo, there are plenty more from our Japan travels over on Instagram. Come on over and check them out!

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