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Golden Week Day Three (Osaka)

Posted on Friday May 08, 2009 at 8:04am in ,

Today was going to be the day we went to Kaiyukan, the famous Osaka aquarium. George and I got up a little earlier and went to Electric Town (porn and electronics), which is Osaka’s version of Akihabara. George found a really great deal on some headphones we wanted, so we went to take a look.

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On the way we saw this really cool looking tower. We wanted to go up it but never got the time.

The headphones were great and we each bought a pair. Shortly afterward, we walked back to the hotel and met up with Stephanie and Nate who were getting ready to go to the aquarium. It took a while to get there by subway. When we arrived at the station, we saw a takoyaki stand and decided to try some Osaka takoyaki which I have been told is especially good.

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A bird was looking for food at the takoyaki stand.

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Takoyaki. It did have a different taste and was very good.

We strolled over to the aquarium to get tickets, but the line was over two hours and I was supposed to meet Bryan at 4:00 for a dinner party.

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Kaiyukan.

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Giant ferris wheel.

We went to the Suntory Art Museum which was right next door and bought aquarium tickets for Wednesday instead. We got a package where we could also see a movie at the 3D IMAX theater for only 200 extra yen. The art museum itself was pretty good (better than the Kyoto one). I left for Bryan’s dorm around 3.

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A Performer outside of the aquarium.

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Another performer.

Bryan and I met up and we started cooking some Okonomiyaki with his friends. Bryan’s been getting pretty good with his Okonomiyaki cooking skills because it turned out super good.

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A masterpiece.

It was probably the best tasting okonomiyaki I’ve ever had and we didn’t even have to go to a restaurant to eat it! I was impressed. On top of that, we gave making takoyaki a go, but that wasn’t quite as successful. While technically takoyaki, it didn’t have the right flavor.

Bryan and I planned to meet up with my group again at the hotel and go to Dotonbori together (night life district). Bryan, Nate, and I had never been there. George and Stephanie had spent all of last night exploring it. They found a cool Okinawa bar that they wanted to take us to. Dotonbori is about a 30 minute walk from our hotel. The walk was pretty boring, but when we arrived we knew it. There was a huge opening and tall buildings everywhere. The lights coming off of the signs and buildings were so bright it felt like day time.

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Giant crab.

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Me in front of the running man!!

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An impressive Asahi advertisement.

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A far-away view from a bridge.

We walked around the area, looking for places to check out. There were several bars that we stopped at and checked out. Some were pretty expensive. We ate again at a ramen shop and had some drinks at an American style bar. Bryan and I tried the death cocktail (some kind of signature shot) at a place called the Grotto which had very dim lighting. Later on we ended up finding that Okinawa bar that George and Stephanie were talking about.

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Okinawa Bar.

George recommended I try the Okinawa style beer. I gave it a go, but it didn’t taste any different than any other beer to me (not very good).

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Inside.

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They had a very classy inflatable doll.

Time past and we ended up staying in that bar for the rest of the night. Around 5am we got back to the hotel with Bryan and we tried calling the First Net office to say hi to everyone. We emailed them prior to leaving to tell them to be online so we could call them, but no one was online and we never got a response, sadly. Bryan left for the first train and the rest of us turned in for the night. Tomorrow: Exploring Osaka.

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