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Otaku In Osaka. Cosplay 2012

The eighth annual Nipponbashi Street Festa stamped Osaka March 20, 2012 (Nipponbashi is Osaka’s geek district – much like Akihabara is for Tokyo). Cosplayers turned up in colourful outfits, dressing as characters from their favourite manga, anime, and video games. The street was closed to cars, and otaku flooded the streets, snapping pics, cosplaying, and hanging out.
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25 Apr 2012 14:58:00
The Hoegh Osaka ro-ro cargo ship, operated by Hoegh Autoliners AS, sits grounded on Bramble Bank in the Solent near Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, U.K., on Monday, January 5, 2015. (Photo by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

The “Hoegh Osaka” ro-ro cargo ship, operated by Hoegh Autoliners AS, sits grounded on Bramble Bank in the Solent near Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, U.K., on Monday, January 5, 2015. The car transporter was deliberately grounded after developing a list, shortly after it left the Port of Southampton. (Photo by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)
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06 Jan 2015 11:44:00
Seiichiro Nishimoto, CEO of Shelter Co., poses wearing a gas mask at a model room for the company's nuclear shelters in the basement of his house in Osaka, Japan on April 26, 2017. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

Seiichiro Nishimoto, CEO of Shelter Co., poses wearing a gas mask at a model room for the company's nuclear shelters in the basement of his house in Osaka, Japan on April 26, 2017. With nearby North Korea increasing its show of power day by day with missile launches and nuclear tests, people in Japan are preparing for the worst by building private nuclear shelters, Reuters reports. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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28 Apr 2017 08:08:00
In this Sunday, February 23, 2020, photo, sumo wrestlers wearing masks arrive at Shin Osaka railway station in Osaka, western Japan. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 79,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (Photo by Kyodo News via AP Photo)

In this Sunday, February 23, 2020, photo, sumo wrestlers wearing masks arrive at Shin Osaka railway station in Osaka, western Japan. A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 79,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. (Photo by Kyodo News via AP Photo)
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10 Mar 2020 00:03:00
Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Theresa May meets Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)
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29 Jun 2019 00:03:00
Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka, Japan. (Photo by New York Public Library/Caters News)

These timeless postcards offer an eye-opening glimpse into life in Japan in the early 20th century. Taken from hand-colored photographs, the postcards showcase the still beauty of the country, depicting a nation on the cusp of modernization. The images feature solemn fishermen, bustling streets, temples and shrines: a country yet to be influenced by Western culture. The tinting effect brings out the rich colors of the natural surroundings, with trees, flowers and cherry blossoms jumping from the original black-and-white images. Here: Toyokuni Shrine Nakanoshima, Osaka, Japan. (Photo by New York Public Library/Caters News)
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02 Apr 2016 09:33:00
Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Andrea Comas/AP Photo)

Japan's Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Andrea Comas/AP Photo)
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13 May 2019 00:05:00
Japan's Naomi Osaka sits with her towel over her head during a break in her third round loss to Coco Gauff of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January 24, 2020. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)

Japan's Naomi Osaka sits with her towel over her head during a break in her third round loss to Coco Gauff of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, January 24, 2020. (Photo by Lee Jin-man/AP Photo)
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27 Jan 2020 00:03:00