Happy Saturday! Hope your week has gone well. I’ve actually been off on ‘holiday’ all week. And for the first time in a long, long time — I’ve done basically nothing at all. It’s been wonderful for my mind, for my body and for my skin. I even managed to surprise my mum with a visit on her birthday, which was awesome. So I’m making up for the fact I have nothing new to post about by showing off some Snapshots of Osaka!
So as I mentioned in my last post, I was away for two weeks in two parts of Japan. The first, as in the first post, was Fukuoka and the little British Fair there. The second half was Osaka — and boy, it was an upgrade!
Of course, I spent mostly all my time inside the department stall on our stand, basically getting to look pretty and smile at people. But I’m not exactly pissed — the Umeda Hankyu store was gorgeous! And the set dressing of the British Fair in particular was insanely good!
Yes, I had to take a cutesy photo of me in front of it! This face was brought to you by a nasty cold and
Now as you know, I love ancient Japanese history and architecture. I adore the old parts of Japan, even more so than the new parts. Sadly I didn’t see as much of old Osaka as I did in Fukuoka, but I didn’t miss out on glimpses of it around the city. It ended up that I only saw one shrine whilst I was there, which is pretty low in my shrine-visits.
Snapshots of Osaka
However, I did get to see the Osaka Castle! I remember seeing pictures of it growing up and thinking it was one of the most beautiful buildings I’d ever seen. It certainly was a gorgeous building, and although I didn’t go inside (frankly, the line was too long and I was too hungover to wait in the rain), I enjoyed seeing it with my own eyes.
But don’t get me wrong, there’s also the newer parts that I loved! As soon as I got an evening free, I went downtown to Dotonbori to see all the insane lights and great signages on the restaurants and shops down there.
It’s pretty busy, being the main tourist attraction of the city (so many white people). But it was still nice to see — even if the Don Quixote gave me anxiety.
And of course — Osaka’s famous Glico man. When I was younger, I used to read JRock musician’s blogs, and whenever there was a tour date in Osaka, they did the Glico Man pose. Soooo I had to get that out of the way, right? Weirdly, a bucket list item ticked off there.
I really loved Osaka, and I’m so sad that I didn’t get as much time to spend exploring all the amazing restaurants and sights. Although, to be fair, I saw a fair few bars there in the evenings after work!