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Osaka, Japan

Went to Osaka today, gotta see this city if you stay some time in the Kansai area.

Started off at the Osaka Aquarium, right next to the Giant Ferris Wheel in the bay area.
Lots of sharks, mantas and yes, people (well, its Saturday and all). The star of the audience is the young dolphin, swimming along its mother.

Lots of restaurant and fast food stalls in the near market, also some well-known names.

What I ultimately found is this:

No further comment, did feel a bit weird eating there though.

A comedian did a show for the kids right when I left, he was not bad!

Went to the city center then, wandered about America Mura for a while.

Interesting streetlights around Osaka.

There are lots of shopping arcades, pretty much looking like that:

Found out that I suck at crane games.
Also, there is an entire arcade for cooking utensils, restaurant needs and pretty much anything to do with the preparation, consumption and selling of food.
A whole shop dedicated to the plastic food seen in shop windows (pretty handy when you can't read the menu). None of the stuff you see in the following pictures is actually edible.

The Tenjin Matsuri is held today and tomorrow in Osaka, one of the three biggest festivals in Japan. Took a quick stroll around, lots of stalls again and some new stuff I didn't see at the Gion Matsuri.

Got on my way back to Kyoto and did some planning for my last week there.

So long and stay tuned,

permalink written by  JuergenS on July 24, 2010 from Osaka, Japan
from the travel blog: Two month of Japan
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