The JR Osaka Terminal has completed the major renovation works since I last visited a year ago. While in town for a quick shopping, I decided to check it out.
This is where a square used to be in the old days, with a fountain of the pissing boy. It used to be one of the most popular meeting places when you meet someone in Osaka. It’s been long since they closed off that area (when they started the renovation), but I am pleased to see that there is a sense of square again, now split into the ground level (first photo) and up-stairs (the next photo).
Up in the sky, there is another square. It seems the escalator is coming up from the world below.
The old Osaka station used to have lots of small steps of 2 or 3 here and there, after years of land sinking under the weight of structure and the welling of the ground water. The maze of escalators here and there, some going down towards another one down different directions, somehow reminded me of those old days, of walking in a straight corridor and coming across 3 steps up, and 2 steps down later.
And the terminal is a terminal. It is a place to meet people. You stand against a column, flip through your paperback, and wait for her to show up. The world may pass you by, but you are in your world. Ah, I love the station.
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