The biggest tourist destination in Osaka. It used to be a theatre district, but now its a lively place full of restaurants, night life and some great arcades.
The river in the middle is the Dotonbori Canal. The penguin looking guy in the huge sign reminded me of the final boss in Kirby's dreamland for Gameboy. Yes, I'm talking about the Gameboy game from like 1992. But, that's another thing I really liked about Japan - a lot of the artwork on signs reminded me of stuff I really liked as a kid. Well, to be honest, stuff that I still like.