It's been awhile since I have seen the rubber duck. Apparently it was back in Osaka last year, but I missed checking it out.
This year they had the rubber duck as part of a festival. Since Osaka has many rivers running through it, they wanted to showcase the rivers and had an event with many areas lit-up as well as areas along the river to picnic in the evening.
There were many food booths and food trucks too.
Besides the duck, they also had this...
A huge kokeshi doll.
I think someone said it is 10 meters tall (about 32 feet). It was inflated but would've definitely been more impressive if it were made of wood like the kokeshi dolls are.
Too bad Satoshi couldn't meet me for dinner near the water, still, I'm glad I was able to get out and see these.