Bébé de juillet in Japan: Osaka

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Osaka a city you can travel to when you feel stuffed with too much busy routine, everything is slower, calmer, and that’s surely not a bad thing. Sometimes you just need to slow down when you drive too fast, and that’s what I like about escaping to places where you can spend more time with yourself without having to go on meditating! 💭

I booked the flights arriving at Narita International Airport (Tokyo) and departing at Kansai International Airport (Osaka) ✈️ so that I do not have to waste my time traveling back and forth and spent too much money on Shinkansen that I could instead spend on another accessory I love. I focused my trip this time not going to the ‘touristy places’, but more to the hand-mades and the vintages.

These are only some of the shops I visited and fell in love with. So I was hoping I could share with people who are planning to visit Osaka someday. Some are quite mysterious and harder to find than the others but that is what beautiful about treasure hunting💖

Outfit of the day: Top from Topshop, Skirt from Zara, Bag from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bracelet from Pandora, photo taken by Bug on Street.

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This book (Zakkaな大阪 – かわいい発見ガイドブック) I found at Tapie Style did a little helping on guiding me through, even though I couldn’t read Japanese, the illustration gave me big persuasion to move around. The downside is that I have no way of knowing much of there information cause everything is in Japanese, I ended up visiting many shops on days they’re closed… So if you have time and know where you’d like to go, try to search for their closing days and opening hours beforehand.

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Tapie Style is a cute handmade shop located in Minamisenba, you can take the exit number 3 of Shinsaibashi station and follow the map. (Opening hours: 12:30-19:30, closed on Wednesday.)

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I actually like many shops spotted in this building but Foo shop and studio is my most-loved in the list. They sell all cuteness materials (fabrics, buttons etc.) that you can easily add up and make your own creations after. (Opening hours: 12:00-19:00, closed on Wednesdays.)

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Citrus paper is a vintage stationary/zakka/second hand book store with lots and lots of paper goodies I wish to buy just to keep them forever. This shop gave me such a happy atmosphere. Everything here could be called ‘pretty vintage collectables’. If you are a fan of stamps and tea cups then you would adore this place as much as I do! Cheburashka (Чебура́шка) postcards and illustrations are also why this shop made me smile so much, yes and I mean the original Russian Cheburashka, not the remake ones! (Opening hours: 11:00-19:00)

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Floor is a friendly vintage lady clothing store, with loads of style in one place but well selected and categorized. The shop is located on the 2nd floor of Murakami building (村上ビル), you can take the 2nd exit at Shinsaibashi station and follow the map. (Opening hours: 12:00-20:00, closed on Thursdays.)

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My last stop in the area is Dieci (room 205, 207 and 208), an interior shop/exhibit space on the second floor of Shibata building. (Opening hours: 12:00-20:00, closed on Tuesdays.)

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Room 208 on the day I went (13th July) had an exhibition called “SVENSK curated by dieci” here are my favorite ones:

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Papier-mâché pieces by Anna Sjons Nilsson

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Mina flickor (My Girls), woodworking pieces by Sverker Eklund

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Nakazaki-cho

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These are two items I found in Lindgren (リンドグレーン) an original handmade goodies shop (opening hours: 11:30 – 18:00 pm). Walking around Nakazaki-cho area gave me a feeling of exploring a mini artsy crafty village where there are so many nostalgic handmade shops and cafés. However, I went there on Tuesday and more than half of the shops are closed which is disappointing but still, they are adorable enough I could imagine how lively they would be on days they’re open! To get there you can either take the train to Umeda Station or Nakazakicho Station.

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Cute shop display at Select Shop TenTen (closed on that day), the usual opening hours are from 13:00 – 19:00 on weekends and 14:00 – 19:00 on weekdays (irregular weekdays).

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Bunny café (うさぎカフエ)

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Nand room704 (opening hours 12:00-21:00).

Other shops in Nakazaki-cho I’d recommend would be: Jampot, Cocoro and Futura.

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Pub I found on my last night in Osaka near the hotel I was staying, around Higobashi station.

The easiest way to follow all the shops in this blog post is to star all the Google Map locations I provided for you, so you’d know where to start and where to go next. But at the end of the day, the beauty of traveling is to close that guidebook (and my blog), let yourself decide where to walk to and start exploring.🌟

Happy hunting!
:-)

 

7 thoughts on “Bébé de juillet in Japan: Osaka

  1. Osaka seems amazing! I like how you decided to venture and explore the hidden gems in Osaka instead of highlighting the tourist spots. :) I’m even more surprised to see that they have a bunny cafe! Every place should have one, they’re so cute and fluffy. P.S.: Love the color on the Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel. x

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