Home in Osaka was a cute Airbnb in Dontonbori - the downtown district home to canal-side restaurants, karaoke bars, cat cafes and all the shopping you could want. Unknowingly visiting during a national holiday meant that everywhere was super busy but aside from some rather long queues at Universal Studios the holiday atmosphere was a nice addition.
Japan is still the most interesting and unique country I have visited - a mix of my own amazing memories, a life-long love of Japanese culture (and the food...let's not even start thinking about the food) and feeling that there is still so much more that this country has to offer despite the time I've spent there so far. Mata itsuka ne, Japan!
|New York at Universal Studios Japan - with a dedicated metro stop, USJ is a world in itself - we spent an entire day here and it was awesome!|
|Hogwarts - I'm super cynical but Harry Potter World at Universal Studios was pretty magical. The rest of the park after nightfall became full of zombies jumping out at unsuspecting visitors - Harry Potter World was much safer in comparison!|
|The best toast we have ever had at a tiny cafe (cue the standard confused look when I order something red-bean, yes I know what it is and yes I do like it).|
|A man taking his dogs for a walk in the grounds of Osaka Castle. Probably the most zany Japanese thing we saw - some are even wearing sunglasses!|
|City views from the top of Osaka Castle.|
|The amazing Umeda Sky Garden.|
|Little OOTD for city life in 30 degree heat|
|Probably the most peaceful place in the city, high up above all of the noise and people and crazy traffic.|
|The famous Dontonbori crab at night.|
|The Don Quixote ride was closed for repairs - devastated! But the walk along the canal is nice - okonomikayi for dinner followed by karaoke (what else on a Saturday night in Japan?!).|
|Brunch in an old school Japanese cafe, Marufuku Coffee - pancakes, iced coffee, tea and indoor smoking made me feel like I was in a Murakami novel.|
|Dontonbori by day.|
|Dodging around the crowds doing this pose in front of the advert.|
|A vist to Nyantsume - cutest little blonde cat in a box!|