Published: May 21st 2012May 21st 2012
In early May I was able to go to Osaka for two days for a judo tournament. The team left on Saturday, using the Shinkansen to get there. The Shinkansen cut what could have been a 7 hour bus ride into a three hour train ride. (yay!) The Shinkansen is a nice way to travel by in Japan but it is very expensive. It cost around triple the price of bus ticket. The train took three stops on the way to Osaka. (Shizouka, Nagoya, and Kyoto) We got to Osaka in the afternoon, which gave us plenty of time to play around in Osaka. Osaka is famous for its okonomiyaki and takoyaki. So of course I had to go try it. My friend and I found a small okonomiyaki shop that could seat only ten people max. The food was amazing. J After that we picked up some tapioca drinks and eventually made our way to giant Farris wheel. The Farris wheel is attached to a ten story department store. Since we went at night, were able to see Osaka all lite up. (The Farris wheel had a speaker inside each of the carts, so people can plug in their mp3
players and listen to music while they look out at the scenery.) We wandered around some of the department stores and streets of Osaka. Around 10 we went back to the hotel.
The judo tournament in Osaka was a mission school tournament that is held every year. About ten universities compete from around Japan. The tournament is set up that team matches are first. Team matches consist of five players. Each has individual matches against the other university’s team. After team matches, independent matches are next. The tournament began around 9 and ended around 3ish. I find the matches extremely fun to watch and since it was my first tournament in Japan, I also found it extremely nerve wrecking.
After the tournament, we all went out for dinner and took the Shinkansen back home. I got back around midnight. It was a seriously eventful, exciting and tiring weekend for me, but of course so worth it. :D
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