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For anyone who has lived overseas, this is a great article to put your life into perspective.

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Club Azure………………….Ark Shinsaibashi West.B1F, 2-17-3 Nishi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka Osaka, Japan

CLUB AZURE has been a staple of the Osaka underground hip hop scene for years.  Its one of the reasons why I think clubbing in Osaka wicked.  You have your bigger venues such as Pure and Grand Cafe that play more recent hip hop tunes.  But then you have venues like Azure that stay true to the roots of  the music.  This place gets packed quickly so get there early.  The size of the venue gives live shows  a more intimate feel then at other places.  I had the honor of seeing my favourite DJ (DJ Premier) there and it was a show I’ll never forget.  I knew some of the people running the event so I was able to see, up close, Primo do his thing on the ones and twos.   Azure caters to the reggae and R & B heads as well.   Check out their website to find out more info on special events.

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Grand Cafe…………….(Osaka, Japan Hachiman-suji, 2-10-21 Nishi-Shinsaibashi)

Grand Cafe is one of the more classier hip-Hop clubs in Osaka. In not only caters to you hip-hop fans but it also has a nice mix of techo/dance/electronic nights spread throughout the week. Its best nights are Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Sunday night Safari jams are not to be missed. You will hear some of the best hip-hop music in Osaka. It gets really packed inside side so if you are claustrophobic need not enter. There are two rooms in the club, one with a huge dance floor and another smaller room where people talk and mingle. I usually stay in the smaller room in order to avoid the madness of dancers bumping into me. The drinks are more expensive than in the other clubs I have discussed on my page but this is an overall better venue. The crowd is a little older so the vibe is more chill than Pure or Sam & Dave.

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Grand Café 是大阪比较高端的 hip-pop夜店之一:它不仅能满足hip-pop人群的要求, 而且在音乐方面, 融合了电子乐,舞曲, 电音等等风格。在 Grand Café,最热闹的晚上是星期五,星期六和星期日。 您绝对不能错过周日晚上熙熙攘攘的人群。在这里,你可以听到大阪最好的一些hip-pop音乐,里面也非常热闹, 但是如果你是一个喜欢安静,不善于交际的人的话,您就不必去了。Grand Café 有两个房间:一大一小—大的房间是一个巨大的舞池; 小的房间是人们聊天,社交的地方。 我一般都呆在小房间里因为我可不想一些疯狂的舞者突然出现在我面前。这里的酒比我前面提到的其他酒吧都要贵一些,但是总的来说,这是个不错的地方。 因为在这个club里的人年龄稍微偏大一些, 所以这里的气氛比“Pure or Sam”和 “ Dave” 安静一些。


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SAM & DAVE …………Osaka, Japan

SAM & DAVE is a great venue to listen to hip-hop music if you are ever in Osaka. You can occasionally hear the odd old school rap song but in general it’s catered to the new school brand of hip-hop. The crowd is diverse with a mix of expats and Japanese people. The Japanese people I met in S & D were friendly and enjoyed talking to foreigners. There is a spacious dance floor but also booths to sit in if you just want to chill. I’ve been to Sam & Dave’s many times I don’t remember it closing. Rumors are that it actually closes at 8am. To be honest, I can’t verify that. I usually left after the sun was out and the dance floor was still packed. There are S&D’s in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. My personal favourite is the Shinsaibashi branch. It’s in close proximity to other bars in the area which makes in a great after hours spot if you’re not done partying. Drinks are affordable and people actually dance which makes it a great place to check out.

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如果您有机会去大阪,SAM&DAVE 绝对是您听Hip-pop音乐的好地方。你会偶尔听到奇怪的校园Rap音乐,但大多数时候你还是会听到新派的校园风的Hip-pop音乐。去那里的人很多是居住在当地的外国人, 当然也包括本地的日本人。 我在SAM&DAVE见到的日本人都很友好,喜欢和外国人交谈. 这里有宽广的舞池,如果您只想静一静,这里也有相对安静的小房间。我去过SAM&DAVE很多次,我不记得这里什么时候会关门。据说这里早上8点才结束营业,我对此不得而知。我基本都是日出后才会离开,那时候的舞池里还是挤满了人。在京都,大阪和福冈都有SAM&DAVE的分店,我个人还是最喜欢Shinsaibashi的分店。它离周边其他的夜店很近,所以如果您意犹未尽的话,从这里也可以很方便的转战其他的店。价格公道的酒水,跳舞的人群都使得这家店成为必去之地。


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Club Pure: Osaka, Japan

One of my favourite places to hit when Im in Osaka. Its all you can drink, all night. Its a little more expensive than other all you can drink spots in Asia but this place actually serves real alcohol. Some of the best Hip-Hop you can hear in Osaka is at Pure and the people are friendly. I had some of my best nights in Japan in this Club. Friday nights are a little more chill if you dont wanna fight a crowd. Saturday night is when everybody comes out. If you hit Osaka and like hip-hop I definitely recommend reaching this spot until the a.m. It right off of Shinsaibashi Street in Namba.

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