A Quick Guide to Osaka’s Korea Town

A Quick Guide to Osaka’s Korea Town
As we stepped out of the train station and into the attached undercover market that snakes towards the centre of Tsuruhashi, a wave of nostalgia washed over me. I was literally dripping, too – it had been sheeting down all morning and I’d long ago surrendered in the battle of the thousand umbrellas.

The array of mismatched shops that line the roofed walkway, selling everything from linen to handbags to crockery, reminded me of the Oriental Plaza in Johannesburg. The 360-store shopping center was a supporting character in the story of my childhood; every so often we’d make the trip into ‘town’ to profit off its bargains and spend our savings on samosas and roti.

Here, the smell of curry was replaced with barbecue and the signs hanging above each of the stores were not tamil or hindi, but kanji. Still, it was a different side of Osaka – older, quieter, poorer and distinctly un-Japanese. The Tsuruhashi District in Ikuno-ku is home to one of the country’s biggest Korean resident populations and its “Koreatown” is becoming increasingly popular locally and abroad.

The presence of Koreans in Japan is largely a result of Japanese colonization of the Korean peninsula. In the 1930s, when Japan was at war with China, Koreans were recruited to provide manual labour in construction, mining and munitions.

Japanese colonial policy towards Koreans in Japan and on the peninsula was harsh: the use of the Japanese language, worship at Shinto shrines and the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Quick Guide to Osaka’s Korea Town
Guide Location: Japan » Osaka
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Koreatown   Hiro’s Guesthouse   Osaka Castle   Miyukimori  
Author: Simone Armer
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