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Craft Coffee Stand Osaka Umeda

Craft Coffee Stand E-MA Buidling, Osaka Umeda I noticed a new coffee stand opened in the E-MA building in Umeda, Osaka, so I had to check it out. My review is as follows: Not bad for a very small coffee stand. Only one variety of coffee beans available. Reasonable price. Seating available in the Loftman… Read more »

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UCC Coffee Museum – Kobe, Japan

UCC Coffee Museum Learn the History of Coffee with Tasting included I heard about the UCC Coffee Museum through a blog post. It sounded like a good hands-on opportunity to further my knowledge in coffee production and tasting. I presumed there would be a cafe there too, but I was pleasantly surprised at the quality… Read more »

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Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba

Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba Brooklyn comes to Minami On a visit to Brooklyn Roasting Company in Kitahama, I noticed a blackboard at the front of the store advertising a new shop, Brooklyn Roasting Company – Namba. I thought it would be exciting to check out a new branch, so I set out during the… Read more »

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Namtastic Gourmet and Cafes

Namtastic Gourmet and Cafes Recommended Cafes in Kansai Brooklyn Roasting Company Series Brooklyn Roasting Company Kitahama Brooklyn Roasting Company Expo City (Suita) South Swell (Hommachi) Brooklyn Roasting Company Namba Takamura Wine and Coffee Roasters (Higobashi) UCC Coffee Museum – (Kobe) Northshore Cafe and Dining (Kitahama) PompomPurin Cafe Osaka (Umeda Hankyu) Mondial Kaffee 328 Mondial Kaffee 328… Read more »

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Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters

Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters Cafe If you’re looking for a very spacious, quiet cafe with excellent quality coffee and you’re not concerned about walking 10 minutes from the nearest subway station, Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters is a top recommendation. You can find Takamura Wine & Coffee Roasters located in Nishi-ku Osaka, to the… Read more »

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Cherry Blossoms in Osaka

Cherry Blossoms at Osaka Castle It’s that time of the year again in Japan. Locals turn out in droves to enjoy Hanami – picnics under the cherry blossoms. This year I headed to the grounds of Osaka Castle with the Kansai Photographer’s Meetup group. I also met up with some friends for a Wine Picnic… Read more »

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Light Trails – Long Exposure Photography in Osaka

Light Trails – Long Exposure Photography in Umeda, Osaka I asked for some advice in taking long exposure photos of light trails in the Kansai Photographers Meetup Group, and the advice I got was to visit a bridge or overpass. The first place I thought of was the very large overpass in between the train… Read more »

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Street Photography in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan

Here’s a selection of street photography I took in Fukushima ward, Osaka, Japan. The camera I’m using is a big, hefty SONY A700 DSLR with a 50mm macro lens. Fukushima Street Photography 01 – Leading to the Guard Rawtherapee Film Simulation: FujiFP-3000b1n This first shot of a security guard was taken from a moving escalator…. Read more »

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Nakanoshima Rose Garden, Osaka Japan 中ノ島バラ園

There’s a wonderful Rose Garden on Nakanoshima, a 3km long sandbank between Umeda and Yodoyabashi in Osaka, Japan. When the flowers were blooming I took the opportunity to practice some macro photography with my SONY RX100M3. Cloudy Skies in Yodoyabashi I took this shot on the way to the Nakanoshima Rose Garden. Reach for the… Read more »

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PomPomPurin Cafe Osaka ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街

PomPomPurin Cafe Osaka ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街 If you’re looking for a fun cafe with a cuddly Japanese pudding character, look no further than the PomPomPurin Cafe in Umeda, Osaka. ポムポムプリンカフェ 梅田店 阪急三番街 PomPomPurin is a character created by Sanrio, the creators of Hello Kitty. I thought he was a big pudding who enjoyed eating himself, much like Anpanman. However,… Read more »