A note: These update posts will be pretty minimal - but I'll try to write with as much detail as time allows, as well as include photos.
Where to begin? Even while wandering around at midnight in the Dotonbori, a quintessential Osakan entertainment district, running parallel to the Dotonbori canal, one couldn't get a true sense of the crazy energy from even more Osakans and other Japanese (very few foreigners here, from what DD and I can tell) who emerged and filled the streets around the Kuromon Market, Den Den Town (or Osaka's version of Tokyo's electronics district, Akihabara), and the Kappabshi Dogugai, a restaurant-supply area also filled with eateries and other food establishment. After we got to the end of the Dogugai, we managed to stumble upon the Takashimaya department store, where we encountered one of Japan's fabled depa-chika food halls for the first time.
The photo above shows us at Kuromon Sanpei - a fishmonger at the Kuromon market. We picked from a wide selection of already-packaged sushi sets and paid at the counter where we had the option of ordering some miso soup, which arrived filled with beautiful, teeny tiny clams. There were a few seats inside the fishmonger's where we were able to perch, breathing in fresh, briny scents of an immaculate stall. The market was a revelation, it made me want to live in Japan, if only to have access to some of the most gorgeous and fresh produce imaginable. For a small-ish market, even on a sleepy Sunday when most of the shops were not open, we thought the quality and variety of products amazing.