You’re wondering about it aren’t you? The answer is yes, the TV is still on mute. Chances are, hubby will figure it out the day we have to check out of here.
It was another hot day today. I went for a walk early this morning and realised we are really close to Tsutenkaku Tower.
According to https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/tsutenkaku , Tsutenkaku Tower is also known as the Eiffel Tower of Osaka. There’s an observatory with a view over Osaka on the fifth floor.
It’s located in the Shinsekai area. This area was designed as an entertainment district in the early 20th century, and originally modelled after the cities of New York and Paris. “Shinsekai” literally means “New World”
We’ve read that one side is Paris and one side is New York but we couldn’t work out which side was meant to be what.
I went on a supermarket run and bought a couple of new things. I think these are traditional Japanese desserts. When I first saw the singular one I thought there might be chocolate in it.
I was wrong.
When I first bit into it I thought it might have been cookie dough. It had that sort of consistency. I wondered if I was supposed to bake it.
But then I realised it was probably something bean related. It was ok, but I won’t go out of my way to buy it again.
I also bought this pack. I thought it might be the same kind of thing but I wasn’t sure. Turns out, it’s the same sort of thing.
I also noticed these vending machines as I was walking. Alcohol and cigarettes for anyone to come and buy at any time.
We wanted to go back to Dotonburi today and really spend time walking around, checking out the Americamura part.
Hubby describes this area as the Harajuku of Osaka and I think that’s a pretty accurate description.
We stopped for a coffee at Starbucks and look what they wrote on the cup. I thought that was a nice touch!
I hope this is not racist, but I noticed that a lot of people here are really really good squatters, and they seem to rest in the squatting position often.
We passed a family all squatting outside one of the convenience stores.
A couple of them got up as I was about to take the photo but you can still get an idea.
And look at these really cool lamp posts they have throughout the area.
I know from past experience that this area is always busy but geez I was getting stressed walking through here! So many people!
We wanted to stop for a drink and a snack so went to Brooklyn Parlor. I think what we love most about this place is the decor. Food and drinks are a little pricey but it just has such a nice feel that we find ourselves coming here every time we’re in Japan.
Hubby shocked me when we were ordering our drinks. I asked for a Sangria and hubby asked for Cider and then said, “Kōri ga nai”
What the hell!! He said it so confidently and the server knew exactly what he said. How dare hubby advance in Japanese before me!
What he told me later was that he had an app that has some quick and useful phrases and because he knew he didn’t want ice in his drink, he was prepared for what to say.
We shared a burger and some drinks. Nice!
We were on the look out for the Aussie Pub. We know there’s one here because we went to it a couple of years ago. We went there mostly so we could watch the AFL footy game that was on. It was a bit dumpy/divey but we did rub shoulders with a few other Aussies.
It was closed when we went past today but take a look at the signage outside.
By this time we were getting peckish again and I don’t know what made us turn into the Kuromon Markets because we KNOW that is mainly seafood and we both don’t like seafood. The smell alone is enough to turn my stomach.
We’re doing a lot of walking again today which is good with all the food we’re eating! I wish I could take a Lawsons or Family Mart back home to Australia with me.
Instead of going to the tower tonight, we decided to walk to Aeon Mall near Kyocera Dome. The first time we were in Osaka we stayed near here and so it’s kind of special to us, even though it’s just a mall.
It was getting dark by the time we got there. I just love walking past the canals. It makes everything so pretty.
We wandered past the familiar stores and reminisced about previous visits. We even went to the food court where on our first visit, we ordered enough food to feed ten people (by mistake)
We got some delicious soba noodles tonight. Yum!
My noodles (on the left) were IN the omelette. I’m glad I asked for only a little bit of sauce. That mayo and red stuff on top were the only thing that ruined that dish.
We walked the three or four kilometres back to our apartment and crashed. It’s been a big walking day but that’s just the way I like it!
For now, oyasuminasai.