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— by Lesley Holden: Shin-sekai or ‘New World’ is a run down district in Osaka, Japan. The faded aspirations inherent in its name and gaudy neons, suggest the grit and glamour of old Osaka.

This ‘New World’ was built in 1912 after the resounding success of the Fifth National Industrial Exhibition in 1903 in Osaka.

Shin-sekai, was a nod to modernity as a city of the future. The northern half of the city was modelled on New York and the southern half on Paris, reflecting an increasing interest in the West…

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May 15, 2019 — 06:00