Miyamoto Teru’s novel “Muddy River” and a walk in Osaka at night


Walk on a quiet night in Osaka: Miyamoto Teru’s famous novel “Muddy River” Stage

Introducing this time is “Muddy River”(1977), which is a masterpiece of Miyamoto Teru who is a famous Japanese author. Also, we will focus on Osaka as the stage of this novel.

“I love the lively Osaka, but also walking on a quiet night in Osaka is nice!” I think it is recommended for such people. The masterpiece “Muddy River” won the Dazai Osamu Prize for Miyamoto’s debut work. Let’s hang out in the neighborhood where this stage was set.

The area to introduce is Kitahama, Osaka

Let’s take a night walk in the Kitahama area.

Speaking of downtown Osaka, there are Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. The Kitahama area, a little far from the downtown area, is perfect for a quiet night walk.

Okonomiyaki on a hot iron plate

Let’s enjoy Osaka’s specialties.

It had been a long time since I visited Osaka. (I visited Osaka in the spring of 2019 before COVID-19) So I walked in Osaka at night with my wife to toast with okonomiyaki and beer. You can enjoy delicious okonomiyaki and yakisoba on an iron plate, beer, and a conversation with a friendly okonomiyaki shop staff. The night in Osaka is the best!

The okonomiyaki and yakisoba made in advance are placed on a hot iron plate with the dawn. Yakisoba is also baked well, and you can smell the good sauce.

Beer and okonomiyaki are the best combination!

There may be okonomiyaki restaurants in this style in Tokyo, but we enjoyed it very freshly at that night.

It feels good to see the Nakanoshima Public Hall lit up at night

I feel good leaving the shop and walk around to the inn. I suddenly noticed that Nakanoshima was near, and when I looked at the road ahead, the Nakanoshima Public Hall was beautifully lit up.

The illumination of Nakanoshima Public Hall at night is wonderful!
Nakanoshima Public Hall at night

Miyamoto’s “Muddy River” and Tosahori River

Miyamoto Teru’s masterpiece “Muddy River” reminds me of walking around here. A masterpiece that depicts the scene of the common people in Osaka after WW2 in a story in the Tosabori River area. The story of a boy who lives in a small boat with his son, an udon shop, is a very memorable work.

I stood on the Tosabori River at night, remembered the big carp found by the boy in the novel, and looked into the river, but I was not able to find anything in the river in the dark at night. In the final scene of the novel, a boy chases a small boat as it leaves. Look at the river while imagining the scene of the novel.

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Tosabori River at night

“Muddy River” has become a movie and has been talked about as a masterpiece. Although it is dynamic in Osaka, I recommend a quiet walk at night. It will be a memorable night to walk with the scenes of the novel and movie in your mind.

Photo and Writing by Hasegawa, Koichi

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