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Ōsakajō Ato

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  • Day245

    Osaka's neons & street food

    November 10, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Osaka cannot compete with Kyoto in terms of architecture and cultural heritage. But it is not to be missed either. For there, you can try excellent and cheap food from all over Japan, in one of the many restaurants or directly from the street food markets, walk in the glittering alleys of Dotonbori, and ... indulge yourself into...the art of Japanese karaoke ! (in a box, which allows you to shout as loud as you can, and all dressed up).
    So this is what we did and... it was fun.
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    Anne-Sophie THOMAS

    😂😂😂

    12/15/19Reply
     
  • Day27

    Osaka, premier aperçu du Japon !

    February 5, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    C'est avec plaisir (et surprise) que nous avons passé les deux derniers jours à Osaka, ancienne capitale du Japon et troisième ville du pays. Premier apperçu de la culture nipponne, Osaka nous en a donné à voir de toutes les couleurs (surtout la nuit). Des jardins zen et temples parsemés dans la ville aux gigantesques enseignes publicitaires et néons lumineux, cette ville est au top du modernisme et de l'autenticité.
    Internationalement (re)connue, la cuisine japonaise est encore plus présente à Osaka, autrefois appelée "garde-manger de la nation". Le quartier de Dotonburi, et celui autour de Shinsekai Street et son imposante tour regorgent de restaurants aux enseignes surplombant le passant. L'exact opposé de cette rue grouillante ? Un jardin zen typiquement japonais, situé à deux pas. Canards pataugeant entre les îlots du petit lac, bonsaïs, cascade ruisselante, tout y est dans le plus grand des calme. Quelques rues plus loin nous avons pu nous promener dans le complexe du plus ancien temple bouddhiste du Japon, Shi Tennō, représenté par une croix gammée sur Maps... Nous avons également pu croiser de nombreux temples, cimetière traditionnels et bâtiments authentiques, encastrés entre les immeubles, sur notre chemin vers le château d'Osaka ! Reconstruit en 1930 après sa partielle destruction, le château ne ressemble à rien de nos contrées occidentales. En effet, on a plus à faire à une tour (très classe) entourée d'impressionnantes douves faites d'énormes pierres et plantée au milieu d'un charmant parc, assailli par les touristes et instagrameuses.
    Le soir nous nous rendons dans le quartier de Namba, où a lieu toute la vie nocturne de la ville. À la nuit tombée, le quartier s'illumine, les immenses écrans s'allument, les boutiques s'animent, les touristes arrivent et se joignent au japonais.e.s de sortie. Nous avons pu y expérimenter les joies et déceptions de la commande à l'aveuglette et vivre un grand moment d'incompréhension face à des aliments crus que nous pensions devoir cuire sur la plaque en face de nous, mais qui se mangeait finalement crus (le tofu cru, vraiment ?). Restés sur notre faim, heureusement que les FamilyMart sont là ! Répartis à raison d'un tous les 200 m (sans exagérer), ces superettes vendent autant des brosses à dents que de succulents buns parfaits pour combler un petit creux. C'est donc la panse pleine, le cœur léger et la tête remplie d'images que nous terminons cette journée osakienne. On ne va plus vouloir partir du Japon à ce rythme là !
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    Steve Marshall

    Japan in all it’s glory and contradictions! Class and ... not class ... peaceful and noisy. And the food ... the fooooood ... I’m dreaming of Japan. Enjoy it as much as you can, so happy to see you discovering so much!

    2/7/20Reply
    Dom HERVE

    Ça a l'air joli. La croix gammée n'en est pas une, c'est une svastika un des symboles du bouddhisme, repris par les nazis et d'ailleurs tournée dans l'autre sens. On en voit énormément en Inde également

    2/7/20Reply
    Emma et Basile

    Oui oui on sait bien mais ça fait bizarre quand-même ;)

    2/7/20Reply
    LEBLONG Gisele

    On trouve aussi la svastika dans le Forez, au sommet de pitons basaltiques; elle est le symbole de l'univers. On peut penser qu'elle est à l'origine du triskell... La rencontre des cultures, les migrations sont aussi anciennes que l'homo sapiens!

    2/9/20Reply
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  • Day3

    Bonus mugs for all

    December 12, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    There were so many people walking around with actual mugs so of course I had to find out where they were all coming from

    This resulted in me getting my own cup of red wine in a mug. Let's say it's mulled. My mom was confused about why they would heat up wine but then proceeded to get her own mug

    And now we are bringing back two random mugs
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    Angela Fang

    Uhhh that's a very not Japanese mug

    12/12/19Reply
    Cathy Y

    It ain't no sushi cup

    12/19/19Reply
     
  • Day10

    Osaka

    February 17, 2020 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    After a relaxing slow start, including our infamous convenience store breakfast, we headed to Kyoto Station for a Shinkansen to Osaka. The trip took a whole 13 minutes. When we arrived we dropped our bags off at our apartment in Shinsaibashi and made our way to Osaka Castle. Seems pretty straight forward and getting to the apartment was no issue. We opened the first glass door (push to open), entered a pin code at the next glass door and made it in to the lobby! Then we had to check in by way of iPad which included taking selfies of ourselves from waist height (attractive). We finished all of that, were given our room number and we were successfully checked in. But the key? Our escape room training kicked in - there were lock boxes to the left with apartment numbers on them, each requiring a 4 digit pin code... Not the original door pin code and not our unit number. Perplexed, we considered our options and went through the check in process again to find a page with a scroll bar we had missed! We put the code in and retrieved our key. After successfully escaping (aka finding our unit) we headed to lunch - B spotted an okonomiyaki restaurant right around the corner from our AirBNB. As we strolled to the Castle from the nearest metro station, the wind picked up. Icy icy wind. Once inside the castle we headed for the 8th floor to see the view from the top. It was quite windy! We then looked at the exhibits on each floor on the way down - floors 7-5 were definitely the best, I'm not sure what happened to the rest, it seemed a bit random. We strolled the long way back to the metro station, passing the plum blossoms. Feeling chilled to the bone, we strolled right into Starbucks in the park. Hot chocolate for B and a Sakura (cherry blossom) latte for me. Feeling warm, we headed back to the apartment as it was after 5pm. We settled in and headed out for dinner at about 6:45pm for ramen from ippudo. It was definitely ramen weather and it hit the spot. We've got a shopping street right near our AirBNB so we had a quick look in Daiso on our way back, i think I'll need some gloves (B has some) and B will need a scarf...Read more

    I thought that was a Nozomi train, but it was covered by JR Pass for you guys? -Jim

    2/18/20Reply
    Off Duty Pharmacist

    Both Nizomi and Hikari follow that route and take the same amount of time on that section of track 😊

    2/18/20Reply
     
  • Day15

    Kobe

    November 28, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Life onboard the Spectrum of the seas is delightful. The ship is beautiful, the dining is delicious and the staff are helpful. The special dining area and free drinks every evening is an added bonus. Kobe shire excursion is to Osaka castle and a Buddhist temple. The guide is very confusing and a bit all over the shop and the excursion is not the one we planned as they rushed us through to the wrong bus. We are in a more expensive excursion but with not the free time at Dotunburi area which is disappointing. However we grab some yakatori, sweet potato chips, custard buns and Ramen and the view from Osaka castle is worth it. We still don’t feel we have experienced Japan. Hopefully we will get a more authentic experience in Tokyo.Read more

  • Day17

    Osaka

    November 9, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Osaka ist die zweitgrößte Großstadt in Japan mit 17,5 Millionen Einwohner. Osaka ist auch eher wie Tokyo, nur dass alles interessante zentral zusammenliegt.

    Am ersten Tag war wieder kulturell geprägt, mit einem Abstecher ins die Osaka Burg und anschließend in das Museum of Living and Housing, in dem man sieht wie die Menschen vor 200 Jahren in Japan gelebt haben. Schon war auch, dass alle 20 min es einen Tag/Nacht Wechsel gab. Zum Abschluss des Tages ging es auf eine Hochhaus mit Aussichtsplattform um Osaka bei Nacht zu sehen.

    Am zweiten Tag ging es in das Osaka Aquarium, welches das größte Aquarium der Welt ist. Eins muss ich sagen: Sehr viele Kinder :/
    Ansonsten sehr schön. Anschließend ging es Windowshopping, in einer Einkaufsmeile von 2,6 km (Nebenstraßen nicht mit eingerechnet.
    Osaka ist auch bekannt als 'die Küche Japans'. Das merkt man Vorallem im Donbotori Viertel wo sich Essesnstand an Restaurant an Essenstand drückt.
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  • Day3

    Osaka Castle

    November 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We were pleased that the "koyo" (autumn leaves) were approaching their peak around Osaka Castle. The moat was lined with russet and orange coloured trees. As we walked towards the castle we noticed this little vehicle that played a distinctive tune that, once heard, was difficult to get out of your head. This vehicle carried people, interested to be off their feet, to and from the Castle grounds.

    We took plenty of photos of the Osaka Castle. When we were satisfied with our 'groupfie,' my sister and I entered the Osaka History Museum and learned about Hideyoshi Toyotomi. He was the founder of the Osaka Castle, and he almost united the nation at some stage. Dad declined to join us as he had previously seen it on a business trip 20 years ago and Mom opted to stay with him.

    We saw some interesting miniature dioramas that featured slices of Hideyoshi Toyotomi's life. To my amazement, the dioramas featured moving holograms of people within them which made the scenes lifelike. There was a spectacular vantage point at the top of the castle with sweeping panoramic views of Osaka - a cornucopia of autumn hues.

    We reconvened with Mom and Dad and strolled for a few more pictures, including some romantic couple shots to fan the flames of their passion, for each other and for life.
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  • Day4

    St Mary's Cathedral

    November 17, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    What does 22000 steps do to one's body?

    It certainly makes one feel sore the next day. Hmm...perhaps the younger folk will not feel the same way.

    Our day started with boiled sweet potatoes, canned sardines and pork infused with the ever moreish sauce.

    During this time we searched online for a local Mass in English. God was bountiful - St Mary's Cathedral offered one. We also searched for illuminations (Christmas lights display) near Dotonburi, a food and shopping mecca we hoped to visit later in the evening.

    On the way to church we passed by Naniwanomiyato Park. Plenty of families enjoying the open space. We saw an old akita dog being tenderly cradled by a middle aged Japanese woman, who then laid it carefully in a baby's stroller. We were all touched by this. There were a social group with dogs, some individuals reading their book, some relaxing in their made-up hammock and some others having a meal, conversing or playing games with their kids.

    The church was full of Filipinos, the priest included. He talked about the signs of the times. He was saying that although the world as we know it WILL end five hundred years from now, we should not be apathetic and consider doing our part to preserve it for future generations. His manner was patriarchal and his message fatalistic. We were hoping for something uplifting to celebrate our reunion.

    We all agreed that somehow their Hostia had a scrumptious flavour and we wouldn't mind going back to the end of the line and have another sampling. Perhaps some umami had found its way into the preparation. Mom thought of bringing some home to give to our close family friend, who is also a clergyman.
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  • Day7

    Sakuya Lumina

    December 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Somewhat accidentally stumbled across this lighting art installation at Osaka Castle and it may be one of the coolest things I've seen on this trip

    They created an interactive light show where you follow the story of a girl from the future, and you are just going through paths of pretty lights to get there

    There was also a hilarious AR part where you had to help find her friends and I was failing to find the GOD DAMNED BUTTERFLY (or moth but at this point I don't care)

    At the end, you had a bunch of pictures of your smile taken and they would illuminate them on the castle itself encased with flowers but papa yip failed and his never showed up LOL
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  • Day7

    Osaka... Im Schlemmerhimmel angekommen

    October 16, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Endlich! Ungefähr zu Hälfte der Reisezeit haben wir die Gelegenheit, einen Ruhetag einlegen zu können. So schön die Reise und die vielen Eindrücke auch sind, so anstrengend ist es auch.
    Umso mehr habe ich mich gefreut, dass wir heute mit dem Fahrstuhl des Umeda Sky Buildings in luftige 140 Meter hinaufstiegen und die Aussicht auf Osaka und Umgebung genießen konnten.
    Nach diesem Besuch konnten wir die weiteren Stunden frei gestalten. Ein kleines Grüppchen, darunter ich, sah sich die Gegend um den Hafen von Osaka an.
    Abends gingen wir von unserem Hotel aus ins Party- und Kneipenviertel "Dotonbori" und aßen leckeres Sukiyaki
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ōsakajō Ato, Osakajo Ato, 大阪城跡