Osaka part one – OPA

Osaka view at night from our hotel room

Osaka has been mainly a sightseeing and yakiniku pigout (although Okonomiyaki is the delicacy of Osaka, we’re both not big fans so meat it is!). However I stayed in Namba and ran into Amerikamura for the OPA located there.

Gals and others outside OPA
OPA’s window display

OPA ventures

OPA is Osaka’s main gal mall (english directions), housing brands such as Mar*s, Backs, Spiral Girl, Egoist and others. However, unlike 109 it has to share its space with non-gal brands.

Love the chandelier/crystal effect on the background.
Cute big unisex surf/ame-kaji shop
More from the ame-kaji store
Spiral Girl front

SBY Happy Room seems to have opened recently there and it was packed! SBY in 2008 when it opened on the 8th floor of 109 it was a relatively quiet area. Even though Egg Model Rumi and Men’s Egg Model Daichi Tanaka worked there (much to my delicious eye candy delight), it wasn’t necessarily packed. Then it became the spot for teens to hang out and exploded and even expanded. Now it’s not as much fun to go to because of the crowds and lack of eye candy. However SBY has tapped into the ability to sell small items that could be set into a trend at decent prices but to tons of teens.

The tons of preteens and teens hoarding SBY Happy Room goods.

SBY Happy Room in Osaka lacks any bubble tea (the only item they originally had) and only sells small items. However it seems wildly successful, so for those still in their teens head into SBY and grab some young trends.

arti-Sanal Gilfy right next to SBY was what I was amazed about. It is the only boutique store of Gilfy’s, featuring Redark, 06 and Gilfy (Backs was located on the floor above). The store was simply amazing. Done all in one shade of grass green with the shoe side in faux jungle vines. The store layout was nice and open while being packed with clothes. It was my first time to see the 06 line and I was really happy with it. They had a lot of thin basic tees with interesting prints paired with current rising trends such as leggings and fluffy skirts (known as shuu-shuu skirts in japaese aka cream puff skirts lol). While they worked with trends, they were nicely Gilfy-ized.

06/Gilfy styles
Regular Gilf goods
Cute jungle background for the shoes
Waiting line to purchase was out of the store~

All around their fall is looking bright and finally Gilfy is turning the corner with a good year.

If you’re curious what I got, it’s the onepiece and knit cap in my Osaka vacay photos.

Outside OPA in Ame-mura you can stroll through the covered walkways and find cheap shoe stores, gal knock-off styles and tons of places to eat.

Next is part-two. Nighttime in Namba… :)

1 Comment

  1. Aralka
    September 26, 2009 / 11:53 am

    Ohh, you are so lucky.
    I think japanese fashion is totally great!

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