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the 22 legendary shopping streets

The Obon holidays are here which means many Japanese people will be heading off on their hols, whether it be to Europe for three days or somewhere else for slightly longer.

Many people use the holidays to continue on one of their countrywide quests - quests which are surprisingly popular in Japan:

Takamatsu's shopping street is the longest of these, at a whopping 2.7km, so I took it upon myself to tick it off the list. And I wasn't disappointed.

Upon arriving in the city, I quickly found some nice parking....

And then soon located a lovely mall....

A lovely mall caught up in a web of wires.

Along Japan's longest shopping street I found a big kiosk....

And I couldn't help noticing that Takamatsu has cute cute gals.....

And here they are....

Cute gals without arms.

After a hard day's walking, I crashed out at a super hotel....

The next morning, I went to get my hair cut. Unfortunately they made a complete mess of it. I guess I should've read the sign before I went in.....

Sweeney Todd eat your heart out....
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On Saturday, 16 August, 2008, Blogger tamakikat said:

you've done it again. Especially like the barbers.

On Sunday, 17 August, 2008, Blogger Laurie said:

This is so hysterical, I am bookmarking you man who is English and living in Osaka.

Japanese signage is the best! More! More!  

On Sunday, 17 August, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Great post. Gotta love the quests. Mine current one involves trying all the variations of okonomiyaki, which all seem to tastes exactly the same despite assurances from everyone that theirs' is unique.  

On Sunday, 17 August, 2008, Anonymous izaemon said:

I found your site by chance.
There are many amazing articles.

I also try to introduce native
Osaka infomation.

May I introduce your site on our

On Sunday, 17 August, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Can anyone even begin to understand the barbers sign? I can't.  

On Monday, 18 August, 2008, Blogger Mike said:

My favorite is the nice parking!  

On Thursday, 21 August, 2008, Blogger Maureen said:

Funny signs! The barbers sign is really bizarre.

It sounds like the Japanese must devote a lot of time to their countrywide quests. I'm impressed but it doesn't sound like a particularly relaxing way to spend a holiday.  

On Friday, 05 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Marvelous--my English husband found your blog, and I can see why he liked it. This entry really made me laugh--all the adjectives before the various locales!

Your YouTube video of the weather announcer is also excellent :-)  

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