Osaka - Day 3
Trip Start Apr 19, 2012
15Trip End May 03, 2012
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Osaka Aquarium is located at the harbour along with giant shopping centre and Tempozan Ferris wheel. Guess what, that Tempozan Ferris wheel is one of the tallest wheels in the world. It looks like that whatever big, long, tall, large, fast you’ll find in the world, Japan has the same and maybe even bigger, longer, taller, larger and definitely faster
Aquarium itself is very interesting and displays habitats from Ring of Fire area of the Pacific Ocean. It’s built around central tank, which houses star attractions: whale shark and mantra. Both whale shark and mantra are massive animals. I saw them before in TV but mantra surprised me by its size. It was just unbelievable. We saw also other sharks, including zebra shark, leopard sharks, hammerhead sharks and dolphins also. There are also countless other species of rays and fish. A walkway inside aquarium winds around the main tank which displays eight different ocean levels. The tour starts on the top and finish on the bottom where we saw jelly fish and giant spider crabs in Japanese Deep Ocean section. Because it was Sunday and it was raining, the place was crowded but I personally didn’t have any problems with that, purely because everybody was smaller than I, lol.
We left aquarium and went to Tempozan market place. According to our Japan guide, there should be large food court serving traditional Japanese food with free samples of their kitchen. The guide was right; there were plenty of small restaurants and stalls in there. As soon as we walked in we were taken by one Japanese woman, who surprisingly spoke English, to her window to taste Okonomiyaki, kind of mix between pizza and pancake with vegetable topping
We got back to our apartment to have some rest before we hit the streets of Osaka later in the evening. At 19.30 we went to part of Osaka called Minami, well known for its night life, shopping and neon lights. In three days we have learnt how to use metro and how to use ticket machines so moving around Osaka became more comfortable and easier for us. Our first stop was Dotombori which is the liveliest part of Minami. Let me call it neon madness. It was amazing to stand on the Ebisu-bashi Bridge watching people walking by us. Japanese people have strange feeling for fashion. Some people looked like from fashion magazines other looked like they don’t have mirrors at home. Anyway, we moved on to Amerika-Mura (American village). This place is where Japanese teenagers are living out the myth of America. Boys seemingly love hip-hop and girls are walking up and down in their tiny shorts. It was funny to see small Japanese boys wearing hip-hop outfit which was good few sizes bigger than their actual size.
That was the last part of city which was on our "must see" list for Osaka. There are still few things on “to do” list though.
Once back at our apartment we made a plan for next day, took shower and went to bed. Tomorrow we’re going to Kyoto for temple hopping and geisha hunting. Can’t wait.