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Daimaru is one of the more recognized department stores across Japan. There are actually two branches in Osaka: this one in Shinsaibashi and the other in Namba. The multi-story buildings house just about everything you could need for your wardrobe, home and garden or office. The majority of items available are generic lesser-known brands, making the department store an extremely affordable place to shop. Do keep an eye out for sales - they are frequent and worth a visit. Opens daily at 10am.
Sony Tower is a building located in the Shinsaibashi area, you can probably already guess what it is devoted to. With 9 floors, the building hosts electronic equipment, devices and gadgets galore. Some people just can't get enough! On one floor, there is a showroom of all the latest technology developed by this world-leading company. Besides electronic equipment, though, there is also Sony Plaza with miscellaneous import items that make for great gifts. The basement floor has a cinema also.
With chains in most of Japan's major cities, Parco is an extremely popular shopping center among seemingly all ages and lifestyles of Japanese society. And this is easy to understand why; the multi-story shopping center has something for everyone. You will find clothing stores galore, miscellaneous shops, multi-media outlets, bookstores, and several eateries. The famous live house Club Quattro is even located on the upper floor. Best of all, it is open everyday.
It seems that OPA has a shopping complex in almost every major city in Japan. This one in Osaka is most impressive and comprises a multi-story mall with well over 100 stores, most of which carry all the latest fashions. Besides fashion, there is the HMV CD superstore and other miscellaneous tenants. The floors are divided into basic categories to make shopping easier, but it still seems like a maze. There are also several good restaurants, including the popular Pietro, which stays open even after the mall closes.
Tower Records is considered by many the music superstore king in Japan, but HMV brings much doubt to that claim. The selection of CDs available is one of the largest in the city, with many sale prices on new releases. There are also numerous listening booths where you can listen to all the latest Japanese and Western renderings. The store also partners up with the highly popular FM Radio 802 every month and brings in a major artist. Another plus about HMV is that it is conveniently located in the OPA shopping complex in the Nishi-shinsaibashi area.
This clothing outlet, conveniently located in the Big Step shopping center, carries an enormous range of clothing. Whether you are looking for suits, casual wear, shirts, shorts, one-piece outfits, designer clothing or generic wear, you will not be disappointed by this store. But since many of the items are imported, the prices are perhaps slightly higher than at some other places. There is also an interesting selection of Japanese lunch boxes which make great souvenirs or gifts.
Short for Sports Takahashi, Spotaka is the largest sports store in Osaka. With 10 floors devoted to sports, you are almost guaranteed to find what you need here. Each floor has a different theme so even though the place is gargantuan, shopping is made easy. From snowboards and surfboards to more traditional sports like baseball and tennis, the equipment and accessories of all major brands are present while prices are fairly reasonable. The store is also well staffed for the needs of customers.
The owner is a DJ himself so you can be certain he knows what a "DJ store" should have: a fantastic selection of vinyl recordings, with rare and unusual records of unknown beats a necessity. In all, you will find about 2,500 records on the shelves, spanning the many genres. You can acquire some for a reasonable sum, while rarities will cost several thousand yen. Best of all, you can listen to the records before you buy them. If you have records to sell, the owner may buy them from you.
On the basement floor of an old, difficult-to-access building, Compufunk is the best place in Osaka for personalized record-shopping services. Run by Nao-san (check out his regular DJ night at Rockets called KNUF), Compufunk gives its customers unrivaled opportunities to listen to scores of the latest American and European imports of techno, house, and electro. The shop specializes in the darker, more minimal forms of electronic funk.
Junkudo is located in the spacious, new Y.E.S. Namba Building very near Namba Station. Its main attraction for the English reader is its enormous stock of English books on the third floor, comprehensive and intelligently displayed. There is an impressive range of topics and styles of interest to the general and even the specialist reader. Fiction of all ages and genres dominates, and art, children's stories, literary criticism, TOEFL and sociology are also there in plenty.
It is a known fact that Osaka is obsessed with food, and so it's no surprise that you find numerous places like Doguya-suji in this vibrant city. Doguya-suji is a street which is wholly devoted to food and makers of food. This unusual shopping street has about 40 shops, selling everything from refrigerators, sinks, furniture, cutlery, and aprons to cash registers. It basically caters to every need of the domestic food maker as well as professionals in the food industry. You can even find plastic food and signboards to jazz up window displays! In case all this shopping for food-related items makes you hungry, have no fear - there are plenty of small eateries around!
Nannan Town is one of two shopping malls located beneath Namba Station, the larger of the two being Namba City, to which it connects. This mall, which is usually crowded with throngs of people given its location beneath one of Osaka's busiest stations, has about two dozen shops and restaurants. Neither the shops nor the restaurants are too high-class - which is hardly to say that they are discount, either.