Today we made our way to Osaka and I was again reminded how different Tokyo and Osaka are. More of that later!
We got on the train and again noticed people sleeping.
In fact they nod off so deeply it’s not uncommon to have someone leaning against you – fast asleep.
Somehow though they manage to wake up just as they reach their stop.
I think this will never cease to amaze me.
While I’m on the train I LOVE looking at the ads and trying to figure out what they’re for!
I’ve seen some beauties..
We arrived at our Air BNB in Osaka and were really happy with it!
It’s in a fantastic location, just near Namba Nankai train station and a hop skip and a jump by Dotonbori.
Hubby and I spent a lot of time here last year and now that we know what’s around, we’re doubly excited!
Osaka is known as the food lovers Paradise of Japan and I just can’t wait to get in there and try some things. I don’t know how these people stay so slim!!! Every day it’s a wonder!
It was raining quite heavily when we got here so we had to do most of our exploring under cover.
We walked along a covered mall looking at the shops, the food, and the people.
Lots of tourists here too.
While in Tokyo, the men mostly seemed to be in suits, here they seem to be more relaxed. They certainly are mostly dressed well but it wasn’t all suits.
In Tokyo, you could probably bank on someone having at least a few words of English but here in Osaka it’s less likely.
People are still very eager to help you though and we even had one guy pulling out his phone to use google translate to help us. Honestly, these people are just so nice!
We walked past this place that was selling a sweet with custard filling. How could we say no?
We got a chocolate one and a plain custard one and they were so delicious!! The custard they make here is just so light and sweet. Not gluggy but it also doesn’t run everywhere. I really like it!
The pastry… or whatever it was that was around it, was crunchy and really delicious too. I was sorry we’d only bought one each.
We saw lots of local places that we could have eaten at but I just don’t fancy sitting around a square that faces the kitchen, eating in front of other people. I like to have my own table. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for it so as we walked past “Wendy’s First Kitchen” we allowed the Japanese guy to entice us in and got Japanese, American burgers AND pasta… And chili fries which I’m sorry to say were a disappointment.
We walked around a bit more trying to find a supermarket to get coffee supplies for our apartment. It turned out to be way more difficult than we imagined and as it was still raining quite heavily, we didn’t want to go out exploring too much.
We ended up going to a local 7/11 and buying a few things that we needed… and again, were enticed by the quick food they have on sale there.
The guy behind the counter said it was pork (isn’t every meat here pork?)
And it might have been a “cheap and nasty” bit of food from a 7/11 but it was actually alright.
Either that or we were still really hungry!!
Tomorrow we will be braver and will eat something more interesting!
It finally stopped raining and by this time hubby and I had taken a look on google maps (Our best friend) and found a decent supermarket about 800 metres from our apartment. Yay! I could spend hours in the supermarkets over here!!!
I took a few pics to share with you guys.
What even is this stuff??
According to the packaging, this is “salad mariage”
All those foods above are sitting on a shelf. Not refrigerated or anything… just out in the open for people to breathe and sneeze all over.
I guess the fish head is for broths? Either way… gross
Lots of cheap (in comparasin to Australian, highly taxed, alcohol) alcohol available in all sorts of places from drugstores to supermarkets.
I’m not sure if that’s sake above, but it’s in cartons?
What is that above???? What??
Sadly apples are quite expensive… but I’ve been eating one most days. They’re pretty delicious!
Can’t wait to see Dontonbori tomorrow!!