JapanPosted by Totoro42Blue Tue, November 04, 2008 15:02:31
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Got to walk a lot a lot
Osakajokoen Station: (Osaka Castle Area)
Around Osaka castle which is a really nice area, much so than the car infested area around the Emperor's Palace in Tokyo. There is only shell left of the castle, the insides are pure modern:-( There are some red coloured leaves in Osaka, so that makes up for the Nikko disaster.
T-shirt from Osaka Castle
Lunch was spaghetti with meat sauce, I know I know, but we had a choice between waiting to eat, McDonalds or Subway - we were in a bussiness area where Japanese food seemed to be out of fashion. Dinner was ok, but my stomach was a bit worried after that.
The Floating Garden Observatory: (Kita Area)
Then went home to the 'two towers' building where there is an observatory we wanted to go up in as it was really sunny (and hot) today. What I had forgot was that the lift is with glass on all sides and I have a real fear of heights! That was not so good, then the last stretch is an escalator across the open space between the 2 buildings startting from 45th floor, again with glass on both sides! I stared down at the escalator and wondered how I was going to get down again. The view on the observatoryt deck was splendid as was the one on top of the building. Osaka really looks nice. Fortunately the trip down went smoothly, I obviously had resigned myself to die falling from a great height so it did not matter anymore, instead I took pictures on the way down :-)
A small rest and to Yodobashi.
Then out again to buy some cakes, again this is a woman's thing in Japan, the 2 guys behind the counter were very young and ... very gayish. My 2 small cakes were individually packed into 2 plastic cases and a wet-napkin was provided as well.
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