Japan 2016, Downtown Osaka

Again just a few photos as our days in Japan at times were filled with a LOT of errands and preparation for a big family event. It was rather cool being in this area as the last time we were here Osaka’s tallest building was still under construction so now we were able to see …

Japan 2016, Countryside Osaka

One thing I enjoy about visiting Osaka is Takeshi’s family lives further out of the city in the country side. It’s a bit of train trip to get into the city centre but it’s very relaxing and quiet out in the country side.

World Travel 2013-2014, Japan Wrap Up

So it’s finally time to write the wrap up for our time in Japan. Its been a little while so here we go… Overall what we did: 49 (!) days split into: 36 days in Osaka, 2 days in Wakayama and Kyoto, 1 day each in Kobe, Koya-san, and 7 days in Tokyo from 18 …

World Travel 2013-2014, Festival of Ebisu

Today we were in Central Osaka (Namba area) to see the Ebisu Festival. Ebisu is the god of business, and people go to the shrine to return last years branches and to get new branches for financial luck over the next year. This festival definitely wasn’t as big as the New Years gathering at Sumiyoshi …

World Travel 2013-2014, Bunraku and the Lights of Namba

Today was a rather fun day. In the morning we headed out to Namba Nankai Station in Osaka to go to the National Bunraku Theatre. Bunraku is a traditional art form which involves puppets being operated by up to three people while accompanied by a narrator and shamisen player. I had done a bit of …

World Travel 2013-2014, New Years in Japan

We have just welcomed 2014, and this post will now be my 100th published blog entry! Amazing to think that the year, and that many posts have flown by in such a short period of time. Hopefully you find this post interesting, as I certainly found the differences between New Years in Australia and Japan …

Japan & Hong Kong 2012, Wrap Up

Overall what we did: 21 days split into: 1 day in Tokyo, 3 days in Sapporo, 7 days in Osaka, 4 days in Okinawa, 1 day in Nara, 1 day in Kyoto and 4 days Hong Kong from February 2012 Favourite part of Japan: Too many to mention, I loved it all. The amazing food, …

Japan & Hong Kong 2012, Hannari Osaka

From Sapporo we travelled to the beautiful Osaka, Kansai Prefecture. A quick Japanese lesson, the Kansai region has it’s own dialect called Kansai-ben and a word from this dialect can be found within the title. Hannari translates to elegant in this dialect. Some other differences include the word “many” which in common Japanese would be …