FOOD,  OUTFITS,  TRAVELOGUE

Osaka Alleys & Nyan Tsume Cat Cafe

It’s been a while since I wrote about my December trip to Japan with Shasha & Ruru. Back to it I suppose! It’s been five months since the trip anyway; a jolt to my memory bank should do the trick. First, let me just linger in the glorious strip of sunlight that morning:

Outfit in Osaka, Japan: Uniqlo denim long-sleeved dress, H&M coat, CNDirect blue round mirror sunglasses, Happy socks tan socks, Spurr Monique sneakers.

Outfit in Osaka, Japan: Uniqlo denim long-sleeved dress, H&M coat, CNDirect blue round mirror sunglasses, Happy socks tan socks, Spurr Monique sneakers.

Outfit in Osaka, Japan: Uniqlo denim long-sleeved dress, H&M coat, CNDirect blue round mirror sunglasses, Happy socks tan socks, Spurr Monique sneakers.

Outfit in Osaka, Japan: Uniqlo denim long-sleeved dress, CNDirect blue round mirror sunglasses, Happy socks tan socks, Spurr Monique sneakers.

Our last day in Osaka was spent just ambling about and trying out food. Takoyaki-kun was a new stall we tried – their takoyaki had an interesting texture to them, but taste-wise, we agreed that we liked our favourite store better. Takoyaki-kun piqued our interest because it was only manned by only one guy, plus the signboard claimed that it was the number one tastiest in Osaka. How it worked was that we chose the number of pieces we wanted by pressing the option on a vending machine behind him, fed it money, and then showed the cook our ticket. No money changing hands at all, which I’m very much behind. Once we got our order, we headed into the narrow shop to add the sauces and crepes to our liking. There were even a few chairs if you wanted to dine in the bar counter. It’s a pretty cool system!

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

Konbini number for 14 pieces of takoyaki at Takoyaki-kun in Osaka, Japan.Our ticket for 14 takoyaki balls.

Wefie in front of Takoyaki-kun shop in Osaka, Japan.

We also had some really yummy unagi at Takagi Suisan! It’s nestled in one of those covered walkways I don’t remember which anymore, since we were more or less exploring aimlessly. We also had a bit of a bonding moment with the shopfront lady who knew Mandarin – her husband is local and he seemed to be a stoic guy who grills the eel in the other room. It was so delicious. Also, what is it about chilly weather that makes hot food so fulfilling?!

Unagi don and menu at Takagi Suisan eel restaurant, Osaka, Japan.Everything. Was. So. Delish. Even the pickled vegetables!

One of four shellfish in our miso soup with our Unagi don in Takagi Suisan eel restaurant at Osaka, Japan.We even had shellfish in our miso soup! First time I ever saw this combination.

Animated gif of a photo of the three of us unprepared for our photo being taken at Takagi Suisan eel restaurant in Osaka, Japan.The lady saw us about to take a selfie so she offered to take one for us ahaha we weren’t ready yet.

Selfie with our unagi meal in Takagi Suisan eel restaurant at Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.
We took one by ourselves anyway :P

Here’s some more food we ate along the way… we couldn’t help it, Osaka is made of all the noms:

Baby octopus with hard boiled egg filling in Osaka, Japan.Ruru succumbed to the lure of baby octopus on a stick, and we didn’t pay attention to the sign which said that its head was stuff with hard boiled quail egg. Imagine her surprise when she bit into it!

We also chanced upon Naruto Taiyaki Honpo and got ourselves taiyaki with different fillings!

Taiyaki snack in Osaka, Japan.

Taiyaki in front of a fish mural in Osaka, Japan.Couldn’t pass up the chance for a photo-op when we spied this fish mural. A pity that I already beheaded my snack.

Some more sights while nosing about the various streets and alleys of Osaka:

Alley outside out lodgings in Osaka, Japan.

Panoramic view of streets in Osaka, Japan.

Colourful manhole cover in Osaka, Japan.They’ve got pretty painted manhole covers.

Don Quijote in Osaka, Japan.That kitschy building with the hugeass wealth god is Don Quijote! Spent way too much time and money fishing for Fuchiko on the Cup at their gacha machines on level 1. I have a gacha problem and nobody can do anything about it.

Panoramic view in Osaka, Japan.

With Glico Man in Osaka, Japan.Glico!

Boy's Love shelf in a bookstore in Osaka, Japan.We also dropped by a bookstore (I think it’s Tsutaya?) and I hung around my favourite corner. Shh, not everyone knows that I’m rotten on the inside. 😂

Volume 12 of Saint Onii-san at a bookstore in Osaka, Japan.My favourite Saint Young Men is already onto volume 12?! Wow. The last time I went to Japan I bought all five volumes (see my goodies post here!), and five years later there’s already seven more! I hated to leave the bookstore without buying anything, but ever since I started renting, it’s just inconvenient to have to worry about moving my precious (and horrifically pared down) book collection all the time. I’m coming back for you next time though, Jesus & Buddha!

Shrine lamps in Osaka, Japan.

Shrine in Osaka, Japan.Is this a shrine to money? I have no idea.

So there we were, just taking a stroll on a random street when we heard mewing sounds by the side. Upon further investigation, it turned out that the mewing was coming from a signboard advertising Nyan Tsume, a cat cafe. We decided to visit since we had nothing planned for our evening.

Among cats at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
So many kitties!

Kitties lounging at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan.

Feeding cats at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Lounging cat at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan.

[edit] I forgot about this super cute cat-in-a-box I captured on my Instagram!

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Petting this furry cat at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan.

Furry kitty at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
I fell head over heels with this kitty with the weird fur. ♥♥♥

Trying to entice a kitty to play with me at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.

Cat in clothes at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
The shop assistant’s cat.

Cat bundled up at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan.Omg it was just too adorable how the shop assistant’s cat was bundled up to go home.

Ren & Shasha with cats on a table at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan. Photo by Ruru.Photo by Ruru.

Ren, Ruru, and Shasha at Nyan Tsume, Osaka, Japan.

We couldn’t pass up a late night snack from our favourite takoyaki stall on our way home:

Takoyaki takeout with Ruru & Shasha in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
Yum!

Ruru and Me lazing about in our room in Osaka, Japan. Photo by Shasha.Photo by Shasha.
RURU IS HILARIOUS (and that’s me getting my daily Snapchat update). We did a lot of walking in Osaka, no thanks to our very first day here. It was bound to hit our almost-30-year-old tired bodies.

Heat massage packs for our achey feet in Osaka, Japan.Yes, we’re at that point in our lives where we have to rely on external help to recuperate from so much walking. THEY BURNNNNED. But these relief patches did their job.

We head to Nara the next day – stay tuned!

Wearing
H&M coat
Parkhurst beret
Uniqlo denim dress
Happy Socks knee socks
CNDirect blue sunglasses
Spurr Monique sneakers

Outfit photos assisted by Shasha & Ruru.

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