Words can’t describe how much I miss Japan. Together with my stay in Korea it has been one of the best experiences of my life. Editing these pictures while listening to Japanese music makes me feel like I’m back in the country of the rising sun. In this post I want to share with you my adventures in Osaka, a town very different from both Tokyo and Kyoto, but just as unique.
Traveling from Kyoto to Osaka my boyfriend Chris and I found this insane aquarium with LIFE fish in the middle of a train station! The Japanese keep amazing me. We traveled to Osaka twice, but I’m combining our two trips into once post; hence I’m wearing a different dress.
Dotonbori is Osaka’s night life and entertainment area. Large neon lid signboard are every where and the streets get very crowded at night. The crab you see in the picture the ‘Kani Doraku Crab’, a sign of – how could it be – a crab restaurant and is one of Osaka’s most famous sights.
Standing along side Dotonbori canal is simply mesmerizing. The billboards are ginormous in real life. The sprinting man you see in the last picture is ”The Glico Man’, another one of Osaka’s famous billboards.
The bridge I’m standing on is officially known as Ebisu bridge, it’s infamous name is ‘the pick-up bridge’. Boys linger around on the bridge to pick up girls, while girls in flashy clothes strut around waiting to be picked up. I ran into a group of
heavily intoxicated locals that wanted to take a picture. Japanese people are always super nice, even when completely waisted! They gave me the pink pillow as a present.
Amerikamura is not really what the name would suggest it to be; there are some American stores, a small version of the Statue of Liberty, but it’s mainly a creative fashion area.
In Amerikamura we found a restaurant named ‘Braai‘. Inside they had ‘Dutch Oven’. At the time I was convinced that I had just walked into some odd Dutch inspired restaurant, only to later find out it was a South African restaurant. …I guess that explained the ‘misspelled’ Dutch words on the menu that weren’t misspelled after all… Here I had one of the best meals of my life. I think the restaurant nowadays serves Italian instead of South African, which I’m quite sad about as I would one day love to eat the above dish again.
It was almost Chris’ birthday so the restaurant gave us a free grand dessert! I told you Japanese people are the best! Osaka is definitely worth a visit and can easily be combined with a longer stay in Kyoto. It only takes an hour by train to get to Osaka from Kyoto.