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Fashion, Hip-hop, Lifestyle………………BlackLight

The Art of Nanpa: The Osaka Love Thief

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Here is a great documentary on the art of “Nanpa”. Nanpa is seen most often in young heterosexual men ranging from their late teens to mid-twenties. Groups of “Nanpa boys” will gather around places with busy, predominantly female foot traffic (bridges, subway stations, shopping malls, etc.) and approach women in search of a date. The Nanpa groups generally wear high fashion with nice suits, expensive shoes, and extravagant hair styles. Because of their style of dress, Nanpa boys are occasionally misinterpreted by foreigners as employees of host clubs, who also roam such areas speaking with various women. If you are in Osaka near Shinsaibashi you will see this in droves.

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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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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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Shisaibashi & Dotonbori………….Osaka, Japan

Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is a district in the Chūō-ku ward of Osaka, Japan and the city’s main shopping area. It centers around Shinsaibashi-suji, a covered shopping street, that is north of Dōtonbori and parallel and east of Mido-suji street. Associated with Shinsaibashi, and west of Mido-suji street, is Amerika-mura, an American-themed shopping area and center of Osaka’s youth culture. Major stores and boutiques concentrates are found around the area. Shinsaibashi is easily accessed via the subway.

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