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Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka November 15th 2015

Hello world, We had a little bit of sleep in today, which was nice… but then it was all hands on deck to get the apartment squared away and pack everything for the trip down to Osaka! because we are staying in airbnb places, we did not want our hosts (even though we had never seen them, feeling that we had treated their apartment with disrespect, we made sure we stripped the beds, vacuumed and had all the dishes we had used, washed and put back... possibly making light work for the cleaner, we didn't care, our goal is to be respectful and kind on our adventure and try to leave the places we stay in as close to possible similar conditions). We showered, packed and Brad headed down to the local laundry mat to dry ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka September 29th 2015

28th Sept: We arrived back in Osaka and decided to go get some dinner. My friend suggested an area, close to Namba that we should visit for dinner. So we hopped on the subway and headed there as it was only a couple of stops away. The area was called Dobutsuen-mae and is located in Shinsekai, which means new world. It is an old neighbourhood, which was built in 1912. Since there was minimal redevelopment after World War II, the area became one of the poorest in Japan. It is also rumoured to be dangerous. Not that my friend told me any of this, only that the neighbourhood was really old school filled with old men drinking and playing games. It did look a bit ghetto when we emerged from the subway station, but not too ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka September 23rd 2015

Dziś mieliśmy dzień snucia się po mieście. Nie bez celu. O nie. Byliśmy to tu to tam, gdzieś specjalnie zbłądzilismy, gdzieś "nie udało się" znaleźć stacji metra i poszliśmy piechota. Ot tak, zeby poznać miasto. Bo tak lubimy. Więc dziś wpis inny. 24 zdjęcia z opisami rzeczy jakie wydaja mi się szczególne w Japonii. Zapraszam do oglądania i wczuwania sie w klimat tego szczególnego kraju. Najlepiej jest jedno powiększyć i potem przesuwać w poziomie.... read more
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Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka September 22nd 2015

Po 3 dniach w nieco spokojniejszym, co nie oznacza, że mniej zaludnionym, Kyoto, znów i po raz ostatni, wrzuciło nas w tryby wielkiej, miejskiej machiny. Osaka pozytywnie nas dzisiaj zmieliła i okazała się kulturowo, nad wyraz, eklektyczna. Zdawaliśmy sobie sprawę, z tego, że jest miastem bardziej rozrywkowym niż stolica Japonii, jednak atmosfera i to co oferuje udzieliły się nam tak bardzo, że do hotelu wróciliśmy dopiero około 00.00. Będzie więc w skrócie. 60 km dzielących Kyoto i Osakę to dla shinkansena jakieś 10 minut. Mimo tego i tak czuliśmy się zaskoczeni, bo gdy zdążyliśmy zasiąść na fotelach, z głośników rozległ się komunikat zawiadamiający o tym, że pociąg wjeżdża na peron w Shin-Osaka czyli stacji Osaka dla shinkansena. Nie marnotrawiąc czasu na stanie przed mapą miasta i zastanawianie się jak wegetarianin w McDonaldzie, nad tym k... read more
Zachód słońca w porcie.
Basia wciągnięta przez pachinko.
Shinsekai Market

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka August 9th 2015

Nach einem starken Kaffee (ohne Milch, die ist in Japan ja nicht im Haushalt mitinbegriffen) geht's ins verwirrende Osaka, das aus vielen Vierteln besteht, die alle verschiedene Subkulturen beheimaten und so weit auseinanderliegen, dass wir uns ein Ubahnticket holen. Noch satt von der Fressattacke gestern laufen wir durch typische Einkaufsstraßen, auf die Osaka-Jo Burg, in den Imamice Ebisu Schrein und halbwegs hungrig dann auf den hiesigen Riesenmarkt, Kuromon. Dort wird Takoyaki gegessen, unsere Meinung: naja. Halbrohe Teigbällchen mit Tintenfisch und Ingwer. Okonomiyaki war geiler. Am Heimweg geht's durch einen finsteren Wald, dort steht ein fake-rearranged Stonehenge, das B plötzlich beim vorbeigehen fast nassspritzt, sich also als launischer Springbrunnen entpuppt. Am Weg nach Shinsaibashi (man muss hier die Kaufsucht und den Hang zu bunten Lichtern der Japaner berücksichtigen)... read more
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Shinsaibashi krabbe

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka August 8th 2015

Trotz beunruhigender Insektengeräusche, einer Springspinne und einer sehr kalten KlimaAnlage (dicke Decken) gut geschlafen (das waren die Geheimzutaten im Cocktail)... Frühstück und Salat bei und mit unseren Hosts, dann in die Ubahn, die immer Siegesfanfaren spielt, sobald der Zug einfährt (man fühlt sich sehr besonders : D ). In Mariyami die alte buddhistische Kultur und Landschaft erkundet, gewandert, Macha-Eis (yammi und aufputschend) und Melonenslushi sowie Ahornblattsüßigleiten der Mönchsinsel (wir schätzen, es war Bisquitteig gefüllt mit Vanillecreme oder Bohnenpaste). Bevor die dort streunenden, viel zu aufdringlichen Rehe unseren Stadtplan aufessen, gelingt uns die Flucht und wir machen einen auf slow tourism und lassen eine Ubahn aus, weil sie uns zu voll ist (Luxus pur bei diesem ständigen Stress hier). Nach 2 Tagen ist man das ständige Blinken, Klingeln und die Ger... read more
melon pan - melonenbrot
hmmm beim Matcha könnt ich schwach werden
Matcha is all around you....

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka August 8th 2015

After a memorable time in Hiroshima, it was another 5h+ bus ride eastwards to what is often thought of as Japan's second city and one-time commercial hub Osaka. This was in fact my second time here, though my first visit was over twenty years ago when I was still a kid. For some reason, my only memories of that first visit was walking through many underground passages (there are probably even more these days!), and eating grilled unagi (eel) and chawanshi (steamed egg). Well, I just had my first taste of unagi in Hiroshima, but truth be told, the Osaka I now saw as an adult was nothing like in my distant memory at all. Coming from relatively sedate Hiroshima, crowded and bustling Osaka definitely showed a somewhat grittier side to Japan, more neon, some dodgy ... read more
Shinsaibashi Shopping Street
Capsule Inn Osaka
Hankyu-Hanshin Shopping Street

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka June 18th 2015

Well this year has been interesting. It has almost been 3 months since I went on my first journey to Japan, my first time going on a flight alone. I cannot believe it has been so long since updating this site but I was struck with such heartbreak and depression since which is to be expected I suppose- but the trip was more than perfect and it was all thanks to my amazing boyfriend and his kind family. Finally, today I feel it is the right time to record my incredible experience. I departed on March 21st as promised many months prior to it, I saved over £1,500 from my job in Wales and at Harry Ramsden's. The tickets were just over £500 from Finnair, an amazing airline which Virgin could weep at for the value ... read more
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Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka June 18th 2015

After a stay with Peggy at possibly the best hotel room I'll ever be in (the Executive Suite on the 53rd floor of the Marriott), I walked around the city a bit before my flight to Australia. I stopped at a shrine and the browsed some interesting shops. The food looked fantastic; hopefully I'll get to spend more time here someday. There are a couple of photos below.... read more
Peggy and sushi train
Hotel room view

Asia » Japan » Osaka » Osaka April 2nd 2015

Die ersten Urlaubstage in Osaka....... read more
Erster Abendspaziergang
Osaka Castle at night
Osakas Altstadt




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