I went to Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle) today with my friends from church, Shion-chan and Naoya-kun. Shion studied abroad in Canada for one year and Naoya is still studying on the east coast… but they pretty much stuck to Japanese today :D From Osakajokoen Station, we walked through the castle park and… kinda random but… we saw a beaver in the moat. haha. Kind of surprised. At the base of the castle, we were lucky enough to find a volunteer tour guide, Ookawa-san. He showed us around the grounds while explaining the history of the castle. After that, we entered, but as usual, no pictures were allowed from the inside. The top of the castle is an observation deck while the inside has been converted to a museum and doesn't actually resemble the inside of a traditional Japanese castle. After we left, we headed further into Osaka and walked through Korea town. This area is full of kimchi and yakiniku restaurants. We ended up in Nanba where the Glico man is and went to an Izakaya for dinner. My friends convinced me to have horse sashimi there. mmmmmmm… delicious (yes really). Lastly, we went to a store called Don Quixote which is at least six storeys and just has… everything. Food, clothes, party supplies, shoes, appliances, luxury accessories… just a big mash up of really cheap cool stuff.
Osaka Castle and Nanba
by Naranatsuo July. 03, 2010 7279 views