Every evening the ladies of Osaka put on their lipstick and mascara, and with a flick of a switch, the city glows with flamboyance and fantasy. I am not just talking about the beautiful young things in Shinsaibashi, but the street upon street of larger than life neon signs, from the oversized Crab at Kani Doraku restaurant, to angry chefs and bloated "Fugu" fish characters that tread the border line between agony and ecstasy.
This is Osaka. Larger than life, a fantasy that is altogether adult and childlike at the same time. The Dotonbori Bridge is great place to enjoy this outdoor street theater. While the Kabuki playhouses from the 1600s are long gone, this is a popular meeting spot. Chances are you will have difficulty finding your rendezvous amongst the crowds, for they are all mesmerized, spirited away in a world that is like a Hayao Miyazaki animation.
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