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Osaka’s Culinary Delight Meets Public Health Caution: Thai Consulate Advises on Measles Outbreak

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Welcome to the vibrant city of Osaka, a bustling metropolis that seamlessly marries the ancient with the ultra-modern, and where the aroma of sizzling street food fills the air. Among the city’s myriad attractions lies the Kuromon Ichiba Fish Market, a veritable paradise for food lovers. Picture this: rows upon rows of fresh seafood on ice, vendors calling out their daily specials, and amidst this lively scene, both tourists and locals rub shoulders, each on a quest to snag the freshest catch. It’s a sight to behold, captured perfectly in a snapshot by Pattarawadee Saengmanee, which shows the vibrant intermingling of cultures and cuisines.

However, amidst the culinary delights and scenic wonders that Osaka has to offer, there’s a whisper of caution in the air for those hailing from the Land of Smiles. Thais, whether just stopping by or those who’ve found a second home in this Japanese haven, are now navigating through Osaka with an added accessory—masks. Yes, you heard that right. The scenic city, known for its warm hospitality and sprawling urban landscapes, is currently advising everyone to don masks, not as a fashion statement, but as a precautionary measure against measles.

The alarm was sounded by the Thai consulate in Osaka, following the news from the Osaka Prefecture about the detection of two individuals infected with the measles virus. This brings Japan’s total to a concerning eight cases, reminiscent of scenes from a past we thought we’d left behind. After all, Japan had proudly declared itself measles-free back in 2015. But like a plot twist in a riveting novel, the disease has made an unexpected comeback.

One of these narratives began on March 1, unfolding like a mystery novel. The protagonist, an unsuspecting traveler, arrived in Osaka from the sandy dunes of Abu Dhabi on Etihad flight EY830. Little did they know, they were harboring symptoms that would soon contribute to the re-emergence of this highly contagious virus. It’s a stark reminder of the world’s interconnectedness and the surprises, sometimes unwelcome, that come with it.

For Thai travelers, Osaka has always been more than just a dot on the map. It’s a place where cultures converge, where one can find a home away from home amidst its large community of Thais. It’s where the past and the future coexist, offering experiences that range from the tranquility of ancient temples to the exhilarating buzz of cutting-edge city life.

Yet, with the current health advisories, the vibrant streets of Osaka now carry an air of cautious optimism. Residents and visitors alike are adopting new norms, embracing both vigilance and the enduring spirit of the city. As we navigate through these unexpected turns, one thing remains clear: the resilience and unity of communities in the face of challenges. So, whether you’re there for the tantalizing delights of Kuromon Ichiba Fish Market or the serene beauty of its age-old shrines, Osaka continues to welcome all, albeit with a gentle reminder to stay safe and keep each other protected.

In the grand tapestry of experiences that Osaka offers, this moment in time will be but a thread, highlighting the city’s enduring charm and the collective resolve of its people. It’s a reminder of the importance of care – for oneself, for others, and for the destinations that we hold dear. So, here’s to Osaka – may its streets be filled with the laughter of visitors once more, and may its story continue to unfold in the most beautiful of ways.


  1. SammyT March 18, 2024

    Isn’t it a bit overkill to start wearing masks again just because of a couple of measles cases? We’ve been dealing with far worse these past few years.

    • HealthFirst March 18, 2024

      It’s not overkill at all. Measles can be extremely contagious and if not controlled, can lead to severe outbreaks. Wearing masks is a small but effective measure.

      • SammyT March 18, 2024

        I see your point, but I still think it’s an overreaction. We can’t live in fear of every single virus that comes our way.

    • Joyce March 18, 2024

      Does anyone remember when measles was just a normal part of childhood? It seems like we’re blowing this way out of proportion.

      • DocMcGinnis March 18, 2024

        Joyce, ‘normal part of childhood’ often included severe complications and even death. Vaccines have changed that perception, thankfully.

  2. TravelBug1980 March 18, 2024

    I was actually planning a trip to Osaka next month. Should I be reconsidering this because of the measles outbreak?

    • Globetrotter March 18, 2024

      I wouldn’t cancel. Just stay updated on health advisories and maybe get a measles booster if you’re really concerned.

    • SafetyAdvisor March 18, 2024

      Definitely check with your healthcare provider about your immunization status. Better safe than sorry.

  3. FoodieFan March 18, 2024

    Reading about Kuromon Ichiba Fish Market just made me so hungry! But it’s sad that the experience might be masked, literally. I hope this doesn’t dampen the vibrant atmosphere too much.

    • OsakaLocal March 18, 2024

      Been there yesterday. Yes, people are wearing masks, but the energy and the buzz are still there. It’s all about adapting and enjoying safely!

  4. TheOptimist March 18, 2024

    It’s inspiring to see how communities and cities bounce back and adapt to new challenges. Osaka’s spirit will surely overcome this as well!

    • Realist123 March 18, 2024

      I admire the optimism, but let’s not underestimate the impact a health scare can have on tourism and local businesses. It’s not an easy road back.

      • TheOptimist March 18, 2024

        You’re right, it’s going to be tough. But human resilience gives me hope. Supporting each other and taking precautions is key.

  5. VaccineAdvocate March 18, 2024

    This is why vaccinations are so important! Measles was ‘eliminated’, and now it’s back. Vaccinations could prevent these outbreaks.

  6. Wanderlust March 18, 2024

    Osaka has always been on my bucket list! I hope the city recovers soon. Would wearing masks impact the overall travel experience much?

    • Travel_Junkie March 18, 2024

      Visited Osaka last year during mask mandates. Honestly, you adapt pretty quickly. Doesn’t change the fact that it’s an amazing place!

    • CultureVulture March 18, 2024

      It’s all about mindset. Yes, masks can be a bit of a bummer, but the essence of travel – discovery, food, culture – remains unchanged.

  7. SkepticOne March 18, 2024

    Are we sure this isn’t just an overreaction? Measles has been around forever, and now suddenly it’s a big deal because of a few cases?

    • ScienceBeliever March 18, 2024

      It’s not about overreaction. It’s about prevention. Measles can spread incredibly fast without proper measures. We’ve learned this the hard way with other diseases.

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