Several signs are tourist attractions in their own right, especially the giant neon Glico Man, famous for being the first on the block (see him in the video below).
Almost as popular is the mechanical drumming clown, Kuidaore Taro, who stood guard in front of the Cui-daore Restaurant for years.
Since the restaurant closed he has been enshrined at the Nakaza Cuidaore Building, where he draws crowds into the shopping center.
When the crab restaurant Kani Doraku erected their giant mechanized crab sign back in 1960 they kicked off quite a craze of giant animated seafood signs.
Several spectacular giant octopus renditions marking spots for Osaka’s signature dish, takoyaki, vied for our attention.
And a huge blowfish lantern adorned Zubora-ya, a fugu (deadly poison blowfish) restaurant that, believe it or not, we didn’t try.
Even fire breathing dragons beckoned us in for some noodles, but we had that other Osaka signature dish, Udon, for lunch so we passed up their flaming invitations.
WATCH: The pictures CAN’T do the signs full justice! You’ve GOTTA see ’em in motion!
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
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