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If you find that Japanese theaters are often small and have uncomfortable seating then it is definitely worth the train fare to Rokko Island to enjoy stadium style big seats, big screens (7) and high quality sound. These theaters tend to be very popular so it might be a good idea to buy your ticket early, have an espresso at Starbucks on the first floor and then, because seat allocation technology is yet to arrive in Japan, return to the theater to start queing well before the movie starts.
Headquarters of the all-women song-and-dance Takarazuka Revue begun in 1924 by Hankyu railway magnate Ichizo Kobayashi. If you like ladies dressed in suits camping it up with false mustaches and sideburns, this is for you. Lots of Las Vegas-esque synchronized high-stepping by the girls will be boys will be girls in classics such as musical versions of 'Gone With The Wind' and 'War and Peace' as well as adaptations of Japanese theater.
Housed in the sprawling Hyogo Performing Arts Center, the Grand Hall or KOBELCO Grand Hall is a classy venue. This stage with its stylish interiors and wooden decor exudes charm and patrons feel completely comfortable here. The stage and seating style are structured in such a manner that audience gets a closer view of the performers and is able to enjoy the performance. The Grand Hall can also be altered and transformed into a concert hall equipped with modern acoustics system. Ballet, opera, concerts and similar other events are hosted here. For tickets and other details, check its website or call ahead.
If you are a baseball lover, your ultimate fantasy would be to play at Koshiem Stadium. Established in 1924, this old, prestigious ballpark is the home of the popular team, ‘Hanshin Tigers'. Even the legendary Babe Ruth has played on these grounds. This foliage laden stadium attracts huge crowds during the main season from April to October. The run-down condition of the venue fails to dampen the spirit of local enthusiasts. So soak in the baseball-crazy atmosphere by getting into the mood and cheering for some local team. Admission starts from JPY1400 for adults and JPY500 for children.
Zepp Osaka, opened in 1998 is one of the biggest Live Concert Halls in western Japan. Zepp is an eco-conscious event hall in Osaka which finds unique ways to reuse energy. Along with hosting internationally-acclaimed artists with a capacity of 2180 people, Zepp also uses pet bottles which are recycled as accessories and sold at the venue. All electric energy needed for the building is derived from natural energy. Zepp Osaka can host all night events as well.
If live rock music turns you on, then head for Fandango. This live house is one of the best venues in Osaka to see punk, heavy metal, indie and alternative acts, both local and international. The atmosphere is fearsome--the audience rocks and sways with the music in a kind of frenetic new dance form, so why not join in. There is a fully stocked bar that offers local and imported beers starting at a reasonable price, a fine selection of whiskeys and just about any cocktail you can think of, are all available here. Snacks are also available.
If you are looking for a place to take the family, Osaka Dome is a good choice. It is a popular tourist spot representing the newer side of Osaka. Opened in March 1997, Osaka Dome is a multipurpose indoor arena. It can be adapted for sports, concerts and other events by customizing into different shapes and sizes. Inside the arena there are restaurants and shops, which operate all year, even on no-event days. In the Simland Q Park you can experience life in space and what life would be like in a city of the future.
The Kyocera Dome, formerly known as Dome Osaka, is a baseball stadium and a premium event venue. Big names such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Gun N' Roses have all graced the stadium with their presence. Home to the Orix Buffaloes, this stadium has also played host to the 2002 NFL game between the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers. Apart from this state-of-the-art stadium, there are conference rooms, exhibition hall and other rental spaces which are well-facilitated to suit every kind of event. They also have a cafeteria where one could get a quick bite while watching a performance or game in play. A popular venue for workshops, lectures, sports tournaments and cultural programs, Kyocera Dome is constantly buzzing with city's major events.
Also colloquially known as Grand Cube Osaka, this conference center features both impressive architecture and impressive facilities that host world conferences, concerts, displays and other large-scale events. The main hall sits 2,754 people while there are a number of other conference and all-purpose rooms that accommodate anywhere from 10 to 1,000 people. The building itself also acts as a sort of gateway to Nakanoshima.
In the heart of Osaka lies a paradisaical space for music fans and musicians, called Shangri-La. Not elusive as one might think, this paradise is located right in the center of the city, close to the main Osaka train station. Operating as a nightclub as well as a concert hall, Shangri-La is open till the wee hours of the morning, and plays host to local and national talent, as well as talent brought in from abroad. Do see the website or call to know more.
Nestled near the Dojima River, the Dojima River Forum is an elegant venue for any occasion. Its minimalist decor will transform any event from fashion shows, live acts, concerts to corporate functions into a success. There is also a cafe in the premises where you can dine for either lunch or dinner. Equipped with a good sound system and lighting along with an efficient staff, the Dojima River Forum is one of the popular spots for cultural activities and meetings.
Set in the Creative Center Osaka complex which was the former Namura Shipbuilding Co., Studio Partita is a versatile space. Opened in 2007, its industrial looks is easy to be transformed according to the events held. It is used for concerts, seminars, dance shows and rehearsals. However it is primarily a live music venue. It features a fully equipped bar, good sound and lighting system and an outdoor area. This waterfront destination is always buzzing with show after the other.