My recent trip to Osaka was a voyage of discovery and I found a whole new area just a stone’s throw from the main haunts. Strolling along the streets I’ve come to know that I stumbled upon a couple of cute little cafes. I’d only walked two blocks from the main hub of Umeda, yet it already felt as though I was in a quiet suburb of a much smaller city. In contrast to the modern skyscrapers that are so iconic in that part of Osaka I started to notice small wooden houses in traditional Japanese architecture. The mood had completely changed from a bustling cosmopolitan city centre to a sleepy, bohemian district filled with meandering streets and little old ladies leisurely cycling past on rickety old bicycles.
Known as Nakazaki-cho, this part of Osaka is located only a short walk from Hankyu Umeda Station and JR Osaka Station. Even though the peripheral with skyscraper-lined business district, there are decade-old folk houses remained in Nakazaki-cho, and those are renovated to use as popular cafes or vintage clothing stores. Although it is a popular area for young people as well as Shinsaibashi, the place is not about the hustle and bustle like Shinsaibashi, and visitors can enjoy a walk around in the relaxed atmosphere. Old houses in Nakazaki-cho were preserved because the area was free from damages by air raids during World War II. Marginalized from the post-war development, nobody was interested with the area until utilized as renewed stylish town with nostalgic sense by young generations with new sensibility.
During the World War II, most of the buildings in Osaka’s shitamachi (downtown) were destroyed by air raids, but Nakazakicho was miraculously able to escape this fate. This neighborhood has a townscape where the flavor of an early shitamachi period 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.
中午 12 时，不少店舖尚未开门，予人感觉平静慵懒。夹道的平房居多，光看外观，真的不怎么像町家，反而有部分房子带有昭和时代的风格，直至我走到一丁目的尽头。。。所谓的町家出现了，其实也不过是外墙涂黑了的平房，跟我想像的町家还有段距离，不过老宅不少。这些町家都改装成咖啡室，门外也摆放了可爱装饰，吸引你进去消费。
All over the small town you are able to glimpse places with architectural structures that would not be allowed to be built with current construction codes, allowing you to enjoy the feeling of traveling back in time with this nostalgic atmosphere.
Nakazaki-cho cafes and galleries renovated these old private homes and vacant houses which preserved the benefits of richly retro houses. They have received acclaim for ideas based on the younger generation’s fresh sensitivities, and with students and artists as the focus they have grown in popularity.
二次世界大战期间，大坂大部分地区都被炮火催毁得面目全非，唯独中崎町一带的地区安然无羔。 于是中崎町彷彿就成为历史断层的连接点，勾划着大坂昭和年代的街景。 鳞次栉比的日本木造古老长屋、斗折蛇行的小路，穿梭其中不知身处何地，稍回过神来就发现自己身处房子间的小巷中，而小巷的尽头居然豁然开朗，一个设了滑梯与沙池的小公园恰如其分安置那里。位处在大都会中，却又如此满溢着难以言喻的怀乡情绪的地区，别说是旅客，对日本人来说也是难能可贵的风景。
A stop at Nakazaki-cho could be the best stop you make in Osaka, Japan. Revealing the underbelly of Osaka's youth culture, the area is abound in an assortion of hip cafes, gift stores, and hairdressers, and sometimes all of these things in the one shop. Nakazakicho is perhaps the best real-life definition to the concept of 'zakka' that you will find in Japan. 'Zakka' is a term which literally means 'many things', and describes the fashion and design phenomenon which has spread throughout Japan, referring to anything that's thought to improve your home, life, and appearance. From the cute and quirky to the simply bizarre, Nakazakicho is the perfect spot to soak up a splendid vacation.
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