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22 Thousand Steps in Osaka

I went to Japan again with Shasha and Ruru last December. It was our first time traveling together, and Ruru had never visited the country before, so it was trip I was looking forward to – I hadn’t been to Japan since I graduated in 2010 after all, it was a good opportunity to re-acquaint myself with some of my favourite places. Also, Shasha & Ruru are some of the best travel buddies I’ve had the pleasure of traveling with! I can’t believe it took ten years before I embarked on a journey with the both of them.

Friends and family sending me, Ruru, and Shasha off at Singapore Changi Airport. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
Friends and family here to see us off! Also, Shasha comes from a good-looking family. 😉

Star Wars exhibit at Singapore Changi Airport.

Wefie with Star Wars exhibit at Singapore Changi Airport,Gotta grab a shot with the exhibit in conjunction with the latest instalment of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Selfie with a cardboard cutout from Vietnam Airlines at Singapore Changi Airport.Ottie and I also made a new friend in a cardboard cutout of Ms Vietnam Airlines before checking in.

Black monochrome outfit for traveling: Dresslink black crop top, WholeSaleBuying black harem pants, Spurr shoes, Gap black framed glasses.

I’m wearing all-black in a comfy cotton long-sleeved top and harem pants, clipping my hair in a bun because six hours cramped in a pressurised aluminium can gets pretty uncomfortable, and I’ve been experimenting with different ways of surviving it via different kinds of outfits and hairstyles.

Black monochrome outfit for traveling: WholeSaleBuying black harem pants, Spurr shoes.

Black monochrome outfit for traveling: Dresslink black crop top, black elastic suspenders, Gap black framed glasses.

Black monochrome outfit for traveling: Dresslink black crop top, WholeSaleBuying black harem pants, Spurr shoes, Gap black framed glasses.

Black monochrome outfit for traveling: Dresslink black crop top, WholeSaleBuying black harem pants, Spurr shoes, Gap black framed glasses.

Approximately six hours later, hello Japan! First stop, Osaka.

Photo of the three of us on a train in Osaka, Japan.

Train conductor section in Osaka, Japan.Train controls.

As we arrived too early to check in our accommodation, we stored our luggage in a large locker (700 yen / SGD $8.50) at a nearby mall and explored Namba.

Alley filled with shophouses in Osaka, Japan.This alley leads to our lodgings, and while it looks pretty quiet in the daytime, it’s filled with office workers drinking themselves into raucous oblivion at night.

Singapore food signage in an alley in Osaka, Japan.We found Singapore food in the neighbourhood! Never tried it though, as we wanted to eat all the Takoyaki instead.

Monochrome grey outfit in Osaka, Japan.

Monochrome grey outfit in Osaka, Japan.Shasha and Ruru were very kind to oblige my outfit photos during this trip! I have great friends. ♥

Our first meal in Osaka was had at Fu Fu Tei (風風亭), a yakiniku buffet restaurant:

Yakiniku at Fuu Fuu Ten, Osaka, JapanTheir mint sweets are ridiculously small and cute.

All-you-can-eat BBQ for 3480 yen yakiniku buffet at Fuu Fuu Ten in Osaka, Japan.This was the buffet set we chose, which encompassed a lot for 3,480 yen (SGD $43).

Raw beef yakiniku at Fuu Fuu Ten in Osaka, Japan.

Grilling beef yakiniku at Fuu Fuu Ten in Osaka, Japan.

Prawns and Potato Salad at Fuu Fuu Ten in Osaka, Japan.The prawns look nice and all here, but the main addiction throughout our course was the potato salad in the top right corner of the photo – we ordered about ten servings of it I think; it was the best potato salad in the world.

A cup of Matcha Latte at Captain Terry Coffee Stadium in Osaka, Japan.We also took a break at Captain Terry Coffee Stadium. I got myself a large cup of Matcha Latte, and even got a free sampling of their cakes!

Hunger sated, we explored our neighbourhood further:

Neko Atsume UFO machine in Osaka, Japan.Ahhh all these Neko Atsume plushies! Want. Manzoku-san~

Konami Disney Tsum Tsum arcade game in Osaka, Japan.There’s also an arcade Disney Tsum Tsum game.

Cup no Fuchiko gacha machines at Don Quixote in Osaka, Japan.Cup no Fuchiko (コップのフチ子)! Gacha machines are my Achilles’ hell.

I’ve not yet mentioned that during all this time, I was unable to contact our Airbnb host for Osaka, and we hadn’t been given the access code for the front door, with no idea how to get into our room… calls through public phones, emails, and the in-app messaging didn’t elicit a response – so we were seriously considering alternative options. Love Hotel a year of your in Provence was one of them:

Facade of love hotel a year of your in Provence in Osaka, Japan.

Interactive menu booking at a love hotel in Osaka, Japan.Love hotels are super cool for the anonymous digital menu. Unfortunately, after a lengthy talk (read: mime) with the staff, they weren’t able to accommodate three people in one room. Oh well, would’ve been an experience.

Luckily, support staff at Airbnb finally got in touch with our host, and we cleared the issue. Relieved, we brought our luggage over and subsequently heeded our growling stomaches at Dōtonbori.

Night lights at 道頓堀 (Dōtonbori), Osaka, Japan.

Selfie wearing my cat beanie at Dotonbori, Osaka, Japan.

Salmon Oyakodon at 東海水産 (Tokai Suisan) in Osaka, Japan.Salmon Oyakodon (鮭親子丼) at Isomaru Suisan. It was fun explaining the name of our dish to Ruru – Oyakodon means a parent-child rice bowl. The parent in this case is the raw salmon, while the child is the roe. Morbid, I know.

More colourful shophouse facades in our neighbourhood:

Tempura Ukiyo-e signages at a restaurant in Osaka, Japan.Loving the kitsch aesthetics (another one of my many faults) – here’s some iconic Ukiyo-e characters speaking english and tempting everyone with tempura. Love it!

Horumon restaurant signage in Osaka, Japan.I don’t fancy having horumon again after my last trip… 😅

Sculpture of a cow hanging outside a restaurant in Osaka, Japan.

Crab sculpture outside a restaurant in Osaka, Japan.

Giant Tanuki sculpture outside a tea house in Osaka, Japan.

Pig chōchin lantern hanging outside a food restaurant in Osaka, Japan.

Kinryu Ramen building facade in Osaka, Japan.

Selfie with a shutter illustrated with boobs in Osaka, Japan.

And then supper at what would be our favourite haunt during our three days in Osaka – Takoyaki!

Takoyaki stall in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Posing with our Takoyaki outside the stall in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Takoyaki balls for supper in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Funny story, since we were trying to consume Halal food as much as humanly possible in Japan, I went to ask one of the cooks,

“たこ焼きの中には何ですか? (What’s inside the Takoyaki?)”

To which he shot me a confused look and replied,

“たこ焼きはたこ。(Takoyaki has octopus.)”

Because you know, Tako means octopus.

In our defense, this is what a typical Takoyaki stall offers on its menu back home:

Takoyaki menu at a stall in Singapore.Here we have a grand total of 12 Takoyaki fillings in this stall. 😂

Bonus for reading all the way to the end of this post – here’s a picture of us once we managed to get into our room! Shasha is just done, while I settle the matter with our host and awesome Airbnb support staff. According to Shasha’s app, we’d taken 22,000 steps around Osaka exploring in the day and hunting down last-minute accommodations at night; the average human takes about 6,000 steps. What a day.

Dead tired upon reaching our Airbnb in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Outfit
Long-sleeved crop top c/o Dresslink
Harem pants c/o WholeSaleBuying
Suspenders – Far East Plaza
Grey knit coat – Zara
Monique sneakers (platform loafers) – Spurr
Glasses – Gap

Outfit photos assisted by Ottie & Shasha.

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