Could you be so kind as to tell me where that shop is you can play around with the new M3? I'll be in Osaka next Monday (I live in Kobe BTW) and am kind of interested in handling it myself (comparing it with my M at the spot)
Also, could you please advice me where to go for some street photography in Osaka? I like downtown areas (used to shoot in Nippori / Tokyo all the time) so if you could give pointers I would really appreciate that! (Sorry to the rest of the CR community for this rather selfish post
No problem. The more firsthand user experiences, the better!
Here is the address for the Canon store (the service center, gallery and experience store are all in the same plaza). If you follow the link, it will show a map of how to get there. That being said, it can be a little complicated to find. For one, on the street level, you're not going to necessarily see it because it's on the basement floor of one of the many tall buildings in Osaka. The best way to get to it is walking underground from Umeda or Osaka station towards the Herbis Ent building. If you're taking Hanshin from Kobe, it's about a 5 minute walk from Hanshin Umeda station.
Canon Service Center Umeda
Address: Umeda Dye Bldg. B1 floor, Umeda 3-3-10
Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0001
Phone: (06) 4795-9100
Fax: (06) 4795-9103
Web site: http://as.chizumaru.com/canon/detailmap?account=canon&accmd=0&bid=411
Hours: 10:00-18:00, closed Sun. and national holidays
Directions: Canon Showroom is also adjacent. Near JR Osaka Station (Sakurabashi Exit) and Umeda Station.
For street photography, Umeda (north Osaka) is a great area for seeing lots of people coming and going. There is a bridge that connects Osaka JR and the other train stations. Lots of people pass there, some performers set up there- it's easy to find a spot to just stand and people watch. I also like going to Osaka Castle (especially since the park itself is free; central Osaka). Dotonbori (near Namba; south part of the city) is also a really good place for photographing, sightseeing, and eating. There you also have tons of opportunities for taking pix of shops with great displays (some even animatronic). Even further south is Tennoji. They recently erected the tallest building in Japan there (from what I hear), and it is linked to the station by a pretty cool walkway above the main intersection there.