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Who’s Who In Osaka?

2019.01.21

中国

Written by: ฐิติกร สุนันทารอด(Sununtharod Thitikorn)

● Dōtonbori ”Kuidaore Taro”

Introducing one of Osaka’s most famous characters- Kuidaore Taro!
He’s a puppet, and a clown, and a restaurant mascot.

Originally created in 1950 to welcome children & improve business at the family restaurant he represented. Unfortunately, his restaurant Cui-Daoré has since closed down, but the popularity of Kuidaore Taro has kept him at his post drumming away all these years.

Look for him in the heart of Dōtonbori in his signature red & white striped robes, welcoming guests to Osaka with his animatronic grin. Kuidaore-taro also happens to have a great self-preserving sense of humor. He wore a float and a quote reading “I can’t swim” to save himself from being thrown into the Dōtonbori Canal during a particularly exciting baseball season. And he’s been known to change his outfit on other big occasions too.


The other thing you’d want to know about this famous guy is that his name comes from a famous saying here in Osaka-“Kuidaore” meaning eat until you’ve gone bankrupt. Dōtonbori is the perfect place to start your Osaka trip and do just that!

Spots introduced to a friend

Dotonbori

[Access] About 3 mins walk from Exit 14 at Namba Station.
About 7 mins walk from Exit 2 at Nippombashi Station, about 8 mins walk from Exit 4-B at Shinsaibashi Station.

Nakaza Cui-daore Building

[Access] About 3 mins walk from Exit 14 at Namba Station.
About 7 mins walk from Exit 2 at Nippombashi Station, about 10 mins walk from Exit 4-B at Shinsaibashi Station.