This morning I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to be at Somemaru’s with his car. I had to drive him and Aisome to Osaka Airport for a flight to Tokyo, where Somemaru will be performing January 3, 4, 5, 8, and 9. I will only be playing driver on the Osaka end as they make a few trips back and forth, so this will afford me some time to catch up on some reading and personal errands.
On my way home I picked up some Osaka references at Kinokunia Bookstore in Umeda. I recommend these works if Osaka dialect and old maps interest you:
Makimura, Shiyô, ed. Osaka kotoba jiten (trans. Encyclopedia of Osaka Language). Tokyo: Kodansha Press, 2009 (28th ed., now in paperback, 772pp. + 13pp. index). ¥1950.
Hondo, Akira. Osaka kochizu mukashi no annai: yomi toki Osaka dai ezu (trans. A Guide to Yesteryear through Early Maps of Osaka: Reading and Comprehending Large Illustrated Maps of Osaka). Osaka: Sôgensha Press, 2010 (paperback, 210pp. + 3pp. index; numerous black and white images of illustrated maps, one larger color map [insert] of early modern [Jôkyô 4, 1687] Osaka). ¥2000.