Grand Front Osaka, the new town including the massive commercial, residential and entertainment complex, was opened in April 2013 after 10 years’ construction. It spreads on the 24 hectares former rail yard and Japan’s most valuable real estate.
Conveniently located only a short walk distance from the terminal JR Osaka Station, it is a new hot place where diverse people including tourists, residents, workers, etc. gather.
Architectural space design made the area look both mechanical and organic, static and fluid. The town flows from the top of 38-story buildings to the second basement floor in pleasant sequences, featuring water and greenery among the stairs and buildings made of concrete, steel, and metallic glasses.
|Champagne-gold LED light bulbs are used for the illumination in December.|
|a close-up at the left-center of the photo above|
A stream flows through the area and there is also a cascade.
Especially at night the water adds magical feel to the area.
Both visitors and locals gather for pleasure and inspiration.
|a bike with two child seats|
There are open cafes along the road with "keyaki", Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova, between the North and the South Towers.
You’d be surprised to see how Osaka changed if you haven’t visited long.
Though Osaka had been only a transit point for me between Nara and Kobe, recently I look forward to exploring Umeda area on my way back from Kobe in the evening. I saw many foreign tourists strolling along the winter illuminations at the Grand Front Osaka as well as the Umeda Sky Building (my post here), which is the most frequently visited site by the foreign tourists in Osaka.
Now that the first week of December is over, things are speeding up, but I like to remind myself to slow down. This post is going to be my last one of the year 2013. Thank you, my dear Friends, for your kind, supportive, encouraging, heartfelt, or enlightening words, which have kept me feel inspired.
Wish you a Wonderful Holiday Season including a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!