Have fun storming the (Osaka) castle!
Trip Start Dec 24, 2011
2Trip End Dec 31, 2011
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After touring the castle, we went for some good old Japanese food: donburi, udon soup and tea. The tea is key here because I have yet to find good tea in Korea. It is mostly based off of barley. But here in Japan, this is the real thing and it's a welcome change. Donburi is my new favourite Japanese dish. It simply consists of rice, soy sauce, mirin and an egg not quite cooked through and placed on top. You can add meat and veggies to the donburi, but any way you have it, it is deliciousness in a warm bowl. Christmas Day was festively celebrated with a fancy chocolate-orange cake which stood in for the traditional Terry's chocolate orange this year.
We spent three and half days in Osaka, mostly exploring the city at our own pace. Since we didn't have an itinerary for Osaka, it made exploring very interesting. We made the mandatory visit to the Hello Kitty store, ate lots of donburi, got lost among the city streets, found my authentic alpaca legwarmers in a Nepalese/Peruvian shop - yes, after two years of seaching, I had to travel all the way to Japan to find them! - and found the most beautiful Japanese paper! When you don't have an itinerary and you are a crafter, you find yourself in local craft shops that stock traditional fabric and handmade paper...SCORE!