dotonbori development disaster
Anyone who has spent any time in Osaka will have been to Dotonbori, famed for its nightscene of Bladerunner-esque lights, big crabs on walls and tasty dogs in windows.
Recently, the area along the Dotonbori canal has been given a makeover, but unfortunately not one that has proved popular among Osaka's ardent shoppers.
The new walkway, ideal for a gentle stroll or a quiet moment to reflect upon the real worth of branded items, is always eerily quiet. It seems there are no people because there are no shops.
The shops can, however, be found just a few metres away....