We got hit by cold weather today! It didn’t rain and it wasn’t overly windy, it was just frosty cold.
I went walking early this morning and was sorry I hadn’t rugged up more.
Surprisingly, even though it’s Saturday and I was out about 7am, there were still lots of men walking around wearing suits.
There’s some sort of convenience store every few steps but I can’t seem to find diet lemonade in any of them (although there’s lots of alcohol for sale there)
By the time I got back to the apartment hubby was ready for coffee.
The Starbucks we went to was quite full.
I’ve mentioned before that the Japanese people will put their purses/phones, or any other personal item on a table to “save” it while they go up to make their order. (See this pictured right )
We saw this even in the busy city Starbucks that we were in.
Hubby wanted to see the Umeda Sky Tower and I was kind of curious to see the Cup Noodle Museum as last time we were in Japan, we happened to visit on the one day of the week that it was closed.
We walked over to the Sky Tower first (left)
We tried to get there by going through as many underground passageways we could find as it was just so cold!
What an interesting building this is! The architecture is just amazing and we discovered that it was designed by the same person who designed Kyoto Station (we visited this yesterday – go back one entry if you missed it!)
You can go right up to Level 39 for free. If you’re brave, you can pay 1000 yen or so (About $12.50 aud) to go up another few levels to the open observation deck.
Level 39 was more than enough for us!
The basement level has an old world Japan feel. It was very peaceful (apart from when the tour group came through) and looked out onto some lovely gardens.
It’s open quite late and we intend on coming back after dark to see the city lights!
Next stop was the Cup Noodle Museum. I didn’t really know what to expect other than we were going to get to make our own ramen at some point.
When we got in we were ushered through to a section that showed the history of ramen. All of it was in Japanese and I think there was an English guide available but we really just wanted to make our ramen so we went straight through to the back to do that.
It was pretty full in there! We were lined up. When we got to the front of the line we were told we were going to personalise our cups, then go over and choose what we wanted to put in there.
We got shown to a table that had special markers on them. The instructions on the table said “Draw your own picture”
Hubby took that quite literally and started drawing a picture of himself. I drew pictures of flowers. He looked over at mine and said “Where’s your picture?” and I said “Right here!” wondering why he was even asking me… and then it hit me, he was expecting me to draw a picture of myself! I just got the giggles so bad after that and couldn’t stop laughing.
Here are the pictures we drew. Hubby’s likeness is pretty good no?
Still giggling we went on over to the back and chose the contents.
After it comes out, you get to put it in the air locked bag which you can wear around you shoulders.
I thought we were going to be able to eat them right away but unfortunately no.
If you go to the eating area, you have to purchase the noodles from the vending machines and… well just add hot water!
So we did that but it was a bit anti climatic.
I’m still glad we went. If nothing else, I belly laughed like I haven’t for quite some time.
Back to Osaka station we went. I really wanted to do some shopping. So many interesting things here.
I’m not sure what this thing in the bottom left pic is??
A spaghetti pie?
I don’t know if you can read it but the empty plates in the picture on the right say “Please Wait”
And I’ll just finish off with a few interesting things and signs I saw today.
Peach coke? I don’t think so!!
I saw this sign in a few places. I still don’t know what it was trying to communicate.