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Published: July 28th 2008
They're at it again
The labor protest was way bigger than the anti-war one.
Okay, Okay I know it seemed like I didn’t really like this place from my first blog and truth be told I didn’t. However, every time I visit the city it grows on me a little more. It is kind of like that misfit abstract painting in your friend’s apartment that you slowly become found of.
Anyway, back at Osaka Castle and there is another protest next to it! This time it is some sort of labor union protest. All I could gather from it before wandering off was someone bellowing on a loud speaker about how national health care should be expanded to include more. At least this protest wasn’t hostile towards me.
This castle visit was a quick one. We didn’t go inside, just chilled on the grounds enjoying takoyaki and the scenery. After our leisurely snack we headed to the next stop, Kaiyukan- Osaka’s aquarium. One of the largest aquariums in the world it boasts a wide variety of wildlife from the Ring of Fire and Ring of Life areas of the Pacific Ocean. The shape of the building resembles an abstract butterfly covered in marine themed mosaics. Inside you start at the top and the
The lord and founder of Osaka Castle
corridors spiral down past the huge tanks containing various fish and mammals, yes mammals. The main attraction that everyone wants to see is the whale shark. Although the whale shark was interesting I liked the sloth, the otters and the huge ( I mean that this thing dwarfs me.) stingray better. This may have been the best aquarium I’ve ever been to.
Next to the aquarium there is a mall and a giant Ferris wheel. The Japanese seem to have a fetish for Ferris wheels. There is at least one in every big city. Of course I went up for a ride in the massive wheel and checked out the giant expanse of concrete that is Osaka. After we grabbed a quick meal in the mall and my friend grabbed some souvenirs from a ninja store before heading back to the beautiful sunny island of Shikoku.
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