My neighbor‘s hood
(Information from CHOPSTICKS NY) During WWII, most of the buildings in Osaka’s shitamachi (downtown) were destroyed by air raids, but Nakazaki-cho was miraculously able to escape this fate. This neighborhood has a townscape where the flavor of an early Showa period shitamachi strongly remains. There are many row houses and other old buildings, as well as small tunnels passing below narrowly tucked away alleys, back streets and private homes. Cafes, galleries and second-hand clothing shops preserve the benefits of richly retro houses, and with students and artists as the focus, they have grown in popularity. In 2013, there were over 100 stores of this sort of style in Nakazaki-cho.