Osaka is a totally different city then Tokyo. Osaka can be raw and harsh. The people are more direct then in a lot of other places in Japan. I’m working on a project “Osaka Raw”, a project made in Shin-Imamiya / Nishinari Ward. These neighborhoods are considered as one of the most dangerous places in Japan. People warned me about the Yakazu, homeless people and other crimes/poverty related stuff. Yes I saw Yakazu, yes there is a lot of poverty in these neighborhoods but most people were just very friendly, open and kind to me. Why make a serie about these neighborhoods ? These neighborhoods are tucked away and not talked about. I wanted to show a different side of Japan then the usual crossroads, wealth, geisha’s in Kyoto and temples.