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Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby argswmtk » Wed 09.17.2008 9:07 am

Hi, I've only been in Osaka, Itami technically, for 2 weeks. I'm single, so it gets lonely at times. So where do you guys like to hang out on the evenings and weekends. Anywhere in the Osaka area will be fine by me.

Kind of place I am looking for:
- coffee shop type place where I can use my personal laptop, read, meet new people, study...
- bar (not club) with cool people and cool times
- any other general hang out place where you can meet nice people or just people watch

Maybe a place that doesn't meet my criteria but I should definitely check out?

BTW, I'm 30 and my Japanese skill is somewhere between beginner and intermediate. But I'm adventurous, so it's not going to stop me from talking with someone if they have some English knowledge.

Thank you.
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby richvh » Wed 09.17.2008 9:17 am

I'm neither in Osaka nor even in Japan, but just wanted to pass along a word of advice:

From all I've gleaned, hanging out with other English speakers is a good way to avoid improving your Japanese.
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby becki_kanou » Wed 09.17.2008 9:23 am

It's not a hang-out place per se, but I highly recommend the Tempozan area (get off at 大阪港 station on the 中央 [green] subway line). It has a big ferris wheel, a shopping center and most importantly 海遊館, the Osaka aquarium.

海遊館 is a great place to visit, as they have a huge tank with two whale sharks as well as many smaller tanks with lots of cool fish and marine animals, including some very creepy spider crabs. I never get tired of going there and watching the fish.

There are usually some musicians or street performers doing magic acts; fire-eating, juggling etc. in the plaza out front, and the Suntory Museum is right nearby too. It hosts various art exhibits and has an IMAX theater where you can watch cool 3-D movies.
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby chikara » Wed 09.17.2008 9:37 pm

argswmtk wrote:..... any other general hang out place where you can meet nice people or just people watch

Maybe a place that doesn't meet my criteria but I should definitely check out? .....

becki_kanou wrote:.... 海遊館 is a great place to visit, as they have a huge tank with two whale sharks as well as many smaller tanks with lots of cool fish and marine animals, including some very creepy spider crabs. I never get tired of going there and watching the fish. ....

I second that and if the fish aren't interesting enough there is plenty of people watching to do.

There was only one whale shark when I was there and the spider crabs are huge, see attachment.
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby becki_kanou » Wed 09.17.2008 10:19 pm

Chikara, is that you in the picture?

It's interesting to see what people actually look like...
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby chikara » Wed 09.17.2008 10:42 pm

becki_kanou wrote:Chikara, is that you in the picture? ....

Yes that is me for scale. I'm normally not that red (I think it is red) though :lol:
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby argswmtk » Thu 09.18.2008 7:09 am

Thank you for the info. BTW, what is Chikara? What's the kanji, I can't find any reference to it online.

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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby becki_kanou » Thu 09.18.2008 9:38 am

I always assumed it was 力, but I could be wrong.
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 09.18.2008 12:21 pm

becki_kanou wrote:I always assumed it was 力, but I could be wrong.
I think Chikara has even responded the same before.. I just can't seem to find it on a search..
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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby hyperconjugated » Thu 09.18.2008 3:37 pm

chikara wrote:
becki_kanou wrote:Chikara, is that you in the picture? ....

Yes that is me for scale. I'm normally not that red (I think it is red) though :lol:

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Re: Dear Osakan's: what are your favorite hang out places?

Postby chikara » Thu 09.18.2008 8:21 pm

argswmtk wrote:..... BTW, what is Chikara? What's the kanji, I can't find any reference to it online.....

As becki-san has already pointed out the obvious one is 力. I'm very surprised you can't find that online because if you search EDICT for the romaji "chikara" it is the first result you get.

See Jim Breen's WWWJDIC results for "chikara"

two_heads_talking wrote:I think Chikara has even responded the same before.. I just can't seem to find it on a search..

Good memory, it was in this thread.

The kanji for the name "chikara" are 主税.

argswmtk-san, are you familiar with the story of the 47 ronin?

hyperconjugated wrote:Cra-a-ab people, cra-a-ab people :D

LOL :D

It's a trick of the light ...... honest :oops:
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