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Osaka Insider Progress Report 2

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s come time to make my second progress report on the status of the Osaka Insider website.

But first I would like to call attention to two new features I have added to this blog: the e-mail subscription and RSS feed subscription buttons near the top of the sidebar. Using either (or both) of these features, you can conveniently monitor updates to my blog. The subscription function for individual post comments is still available as before. You can also find me on Twitter (username: osakainsider). I hope these features will make it easier for you, the reader, to follow and enjoy Osaka Insider.

The Osaka Insider website has not progressed as fast as Iā€™d like, but that is mostly because I am not willing to cut corners and leave out information that may be useful to potential readers. The number of sightseeing spots and facilities to be included on the site at launch is approximately 120, which includes not only individual facilities and sites, but large sites comprising various facilities within (Banpaku Memorial Park, Namba underground shopping, etc). I have completed about 95% the pages for these sightseeing spots. Further, I have scrapped the labor-intensive idea of trying to make my own access maps for each place, and instead decided to use customized Google Maps for this feature–the folks over at Google obviously make way better maps than I can. I am starting to focus more on the gourmet and nightlife sections now, which is the bulk of the work remaining for the site. Speaking of nightlife and gourmet, I welcome any recommendations by Osaka residents or former residents, as I believe word of mouth is one of the best ways to get good information.

The purpose of my website is to provide a comprehensive database of information that can be easily accessed and utilized anytime by those who are in, plan to visit, or have interest in Osaka. I took much of my inspiration for this from japan-guide.com, which is an excellent site that provides concise and useful tourist information. This blog will become part of that site, providing a dynamic and flexible forum to report new things, write articles about Osaka and Japan in general, and supply fresh information. By combining the dynamic format of this blog with the extensive information provided by the website, I hope to create the best source of information. There is a tremendous lack of information regarding Osaka in English, and I hope to be the one who changes that. The site will, of course, expand beyond its already wide scope once I get the beast online. I have more than 100 other spots that I am not currently using at the site because there is not information available on them, I have not physically visited them, or because I am still evaluating them to see if they meet standards (I refuse to post poor recommendations just to inflate my sightseeing list).

I am also putting more effort into increasing traffic on this blog, and researching SEO stuff in preparation for my future site launch. One of the best resources for not only increasing blog readership but gaining inspiration and just entertaining myself throughout the week has been my fellow bloggers, whose links who can find in my blogroll on the right-hand side. It is these people who establish standards of quality to strive for, and who make the online community such a rich place.

You can read all website progress reports here.

As always, suggestions, comments, or ideas for what you want to see on this blog or on the website are welcome.

osakainsider AT gmail DOT com

Happy New Year From Osaka!

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I wish a happy New Year to all my readers! I hope 2010 will bring you success and happiness!

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Osaka-ben

October 25, 2009 2 comments

One interesting feature of Japanese culture is that it is separated into many subcultures existing very close to one another–it is not a large country, but geographical features have divided communities throughout history, causing different traditions and linguistic customs to form. One feature of these unique subcultures is their dialects.

Which brings me to Osaka dialect (Osaka-ben), one of the Kansai/Kinki dialects that has become well-known throughout Japan thanks to its widespread use by comedians, and thanks to Osaka’s cultural influence. While it may seem daunting at first, Osaka-ben is smooth, assertive, and jovial, and if you live here it is worth your while to learn about it, even just for the purpose of understanding others. It sounds quite different from standard Japanese, or hyojungo.

I suggest visiting this site if you are a student of Japanese or new to the Kansai/Osaka area to get familiar with Osaka-ben and Kansai-ben in general. This guide is clear and concise (except for a few odd romanizations), and it really helped me when I first moved here. Please note that this is a personal recommendation, and I have no affiliation with the site.

Osaka Insider: Progress Report

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

I have added the Osaka Insider: Progress Report section, which concerns the progress of the Osaka Insider website (still under development). Also, I have published parts 1 and 2 of my Lake Biwa trip story (with more to come), so please take a look if you have a chance!

Change in the Japanese Government

August 31, 2009 Leave a comment

A historic change has occurred in Japan: the Liberal Democratic Party has fallen from power for the second time in the postwar period, and the Democratic Party (headed by Hatoyama) has stepped in to take the lead. Even if the Demoratic Party doesn’t make any big changes (personally, I’m skeptical), I look forward to a new prime minister (it’s about time Aso stepped down) and some new policy regarding the United States and China. If they can fix this awful pension system so I have some money when I get old, all the better!

For more details, check out Yomiuri’s article.

Regardless of what they are doing at the national level, I am happy to have Hashimoto as Osaka’s governor šŸ™‚

Hi

August 10, 2009 1 comment

This is my new blog, which I will use to share my travel and cultural experiences while living in Japan. I will also be putting up a website to accompany it, Osaka Insider, as quickly as I can. The website will be an Osaka-focused travel and living guide to fill the void of passable Osaka-related resources. In this blog, my focus will mainly be Kansai (where I live), but I will document other travel experiences I have around Japan as well.

Anyhoo, hope you will all enjoy reading! Be on the lookout for updates coming soon!

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