The big smoke, Osaka, is just under the size of New York. We had breakfast included in our motel stlye accomodation for this stop and it was a wonderful buffet of Japanese and Western items.
As we had our breakfast laid out for us yesterday we knew exactly what to do with all of the elements. We had decided to have a bit of an easier day today – right!?!?!?
We started by viewing the Sakura by day around the Osaka Castle. They were is full bloom on one of the sides and we saw some really interesting varieties on the other – but boy that Castle is BIG to walk around. Took us ages and we have continued to fill the iCloud with pink blossom pics.
We might do a count…… We then set off to look at Japanese knives in the kitchenwear area and technology – we also wanted to book a short boat trip through the Dontonbori area.
Our culinary lunch adventure today was Okonomiyaki (お好み焼Ӕ 5; o-konomi-yaki?) is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki meaning “grill”
We sat booth style again and our food was served on a hot tepanyaki plate set in the middle of the table. It was delicious. We had a lovely time wandering through lanes and major shopping malls and found a 7 story shop called BIC Camera which had EVERYTHING including the toilets we have come to love.
We has quite a bit of fun in the ¥100 floor. ( where everything was about $1.20 AU). We needed a break, Richard, in particular was shopped out! We returned to our accommodation for a little rest and gave our feet a rest.
Our last night in Osaka took us back to the Dontori area which is Japan on steroids! We had a short river cruise with the commentary all by a non English speaking guide and comedian. As we had had 2 largish meals we opted for street cart food eating Japanese sweet potato, which is famous for extending longevity of those who consume it and tarts all from the one stand! We feel we added quite a few years to our lives.
Step count : 26,322