[eat] Pigging out (as usual) in Osaka: Ramen, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and Conveyor belt sushi

I started my series of Japan trip reports with a post on foods I ate in Tokyo, so what could be a more appropriate way to end the series than another post dedicated solely to food from my last destination, Osaka? Osaka is widely known as the “nation’s kitchen,” the foodie heaven, even “the food capital of the world.” Among Osaka’s signature dishes, I got to try Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) & Takoyaki. And, as a matter of fact, one (actually two) sushi feasts were the proper way to say goodbye to my awesome time in the land of the rising sun.

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[travel] Our 1.5 day trip to Osaka

After my meditative time in Kyoto, little did I expect that my next and final destination in Japan, Osaka, would blow me away with its noise & bustle, with the most chaotic atmosphere I had ever experienced in my life ~.~ I am allergic to noise, and the higher the density of human beings per square meter, the more easily I become irritated. Given this, Osaka, the former commercial center of Japan, scared the heck out of me with its notorious hectic lifestyle :\ The extremely hot and humid weather didn’t help either. That’s why, we, already exhausted from 3 days of intense walking in Kyoto, decided to take it easy in Osaka. Easy we did take it, as during our 1.5 days there, we only went to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Osaka Castle, and experienced the nightlife at Osaka’s busy, hip Dotonbori.

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[travel] Oh Kyoto~ Our trip to Kyoto (day 3)

Our 3rd day in Kyoto was a last-minute decision. Originally we wanted to spend 2 days in Kyoto, one day in Nara, and 1.5 day in Osaka, but as we both fell so much in love with Kyoto, we decided to save Nara for our future trip and explore more of Kyoto. Our 3rd day there was also our most exhausting day -.-‘ All of a sudden, the sky was clear and the sun was shining, the heat replaced the torrents of that had prevailed the day before. I can walk miles and miles in favorable weather, but even a tiny bit of sunlight can irritate me (as the BF can attest from last year’s trip to KL!), so imagine how a long walk (9am -> 6pm) under the scorching sun indeed drained the life and death out of me -.- I believe that the friend felt the same, because we looked dehydrated, sunburnt, enervated, whipped – basically like walking corpses by the time we managed to drag ourselves back to our hostel. Nevertheless, it was a great day. Kyoto’s beauty never disappoints.

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[travel] Oh Kyoto~ Our trip to Kyoto (day 2)

Okay soooo this is a picture-heavy post of our second day in Kyoto. It was a walking intensive day, but we got to see tons and tons and tons of amazing, gorgeous, fabulous, spectacular, magnificent places in Arashiyama–a district to the West of Kyoto-shi famous for its numerous places of interest. Everywhere we went I could take thousands of pictures, everywhere I went I just wanted to kiss the ground and cry my eyes out at how incredibly beautiful Kyoto is.

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[travel] Oh Kyoto~ Our trip to Kyoto (day 1)

Just finished my second day in this wonderfully fascinating city and I have loved every second of being here. I am dead tired from all the intense walking during the whole day (6am -> 7pm) so this is a quick post of what happened yesterday–my first day in Kyoto. We took a 9-hour bus ride from Tokyo and arrived at Kyoto at in the morning (my friend’s friend booked the tickets so I have no idea about the details though). After the initial bafflement at the sheer size of the station, the friend figured out that we should buy a Kyoto 1 day pass which allows us unlimited use of Kyoto busses for the day (500 yen). From the station, we took a bus to our hostel Mundo Chiquito–one of the best and prettiest hostels I have ever been to. If you go to Kyoto on a budget, THIS is the place to stay. It is also 3 minutes from Nijo Castle–our first destination.

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[travel] The green city of Tsukuba & sushi dinner at the fabulous Hamazushi

Greetings from Kyoto! After lots of ups and downs and lefts and rights and everything in between, we made to Kyoto safe and sound at 6:00 this morning. We managed to visit 3 popular places in Kyoto before we checked in our gorgeous hostel Mundo Chiquito OvO Well more details on my first day in Kyoto later – now I have to write about my short stay in Tsukuba, a city in Ibaraki. I stayed there for 2 nights with my friend, a student at the University of Tsukuba, and absolutely envy her life to no end ;~~~; Tsukuba has everything I could ask for in a city: it feels both modern and rural, it has lots and lots of green spaces, and the people are extremely friendly and polite >v< But the biggest bonus point is that Tsukuba has one of (or THE ONE?) cheapest and best sushi restaurants you could ever ask for: はま寿司 Hamazushi.

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[eat] Pigging out and about in Tokyo: Takoyaki, Tempura, Sushi, and Hawaiian pancakes!

Tokyo Tokyo~~~~~ (((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) Yesterday, with the wonderful Mizza, I had a Tokyo whirlwind trip, with Asakusa & Sensoji Temple, Hamarikyu gardens, Zojoji Temple, Tokyo Tower (both old and new), Shibuya, and Harajuku as destinations. We took the subway, the railway, the Tokyo Cruise ship, and walked, walked a hella lot, around and into Tokyo. While I am waiting for professional photos courtesy of Mizza’s professional camera, this is a spam post (with pictures, of course, amateurishly taken by my Samsung Galaxy S2 as usual) of what I ate in one day in Tokyo. Our day kicked off with some scorching hot Takoyaki near Sensoji Temple. For lunch, Mizza took me to a popular tempura chain called Tendon Tenya in the Asakusa neighborhood. No trip to Japan is completed without Sushi, thus we enjoyably dined at the insanely famous and outrageously popular Umegaoka Sushi No Midori 美登利総 in Mark City Shibuya. Something missing? Yes, you’re right. Where is the sweet, decadent, bad-for-your-health-good-for-your-tongue, dessert? With that it mind, we went to Sunday Jam located on the bustling Harajuku street for some sinful pancake bites. I love eating, I seriously do.

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