Photo excursion to Sotenbori (蒼天堀)! I didn’t encounter any mad dogs, regretfully.
Ah, Sotenbori. “Renowned” Osaka
entertainment district. Prized turf of the Omi Alliance. Former prison of the
Mad Dog of Shimano, Majima Goro.
Oh wait. Wait a moment! I didn’t really … visit Sotenbori, of course. Where I went to, instead, was Dotonbori (道頓堀), the real-life downtown Osaka district that Sotenbori is based on.
As for details, I made two visits. The first was during early evening, right after I touched down at Kansai Airport. The second visit was two nights later, after returning from a hectic full day in Kyoto.
By the way, these visits were hardly my first trips to Dotonbori. I go to the area whenever I’m in Osaka. They were, however, my first Dotonbori visits after playing the Yakuza game series. Because of that, and especially because of Yakuza 0, every sight carried additional meaning for me. I’m not ashamed to admit I broke into a silly grin at every corner.
All screenshots belong to the Omi Alliance. And by extension, their big boss, Sega.
Sotenbori in the Yakuza Games
Before all else, Sotenbori screenshots from the Yakuza game series for comparison purposes. All except one are from Yakuza 2 Kiwami.
From My Visits! Sotenbori in Real-Life (I.E. Dotonbori)