Day 5: Pokemon Center Osaka (ポケモンセンタ)

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I did not realise I had never uploaded my last day in Osaka, until today. Despite a super late post, I thought I will continue putting it up since it will be part of memories, and I want to remember it whole.

Pokemon Center Osaka (ポケモンセンタ)
Tsuruhashi Station (鶴橋駅) » JR Osaka Station (大阪駅)
Day 5
June 29, 2016

By the last day, my family were exhausted. So, we proceeded with a chill schedule of roaming around JR Osaka Station, trying to get some souvenirs, and seep in the thought that its our last day.

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Also got to hear that the Pokemon Center in Tokyo is apparently much bigger? Guess we know where we’re heading next time hahahahaha

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Looking at all these merchandise does bring back so much childhood memories.

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Last but not least,
Lo and behold,
The legendary Pablo’s Cheese Tarts!!

How do you see yourself?

What is the picture in your head, when someone asks you to define yourself using your imaginations?

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I define myself as a tree. A huge tree. With a thick trunk, tons of branches, and situated in the midst of four seasons.

The branches includes the connections in my life: My family, my friends, random strangers, and people that passed through my life. It also includes the lessons we had learnt, the experiences, the happiness, and the struggles. Sometimes, there are flowers, and there are bugs. Through the four seasons, we bloom, to greens, and the falling leaves, till we wither in the winter. I believe that’s how we go through life.

We go through things, and things come and go. However, we are still a large tree, situated in a place that we call home, and no matter the good or the bad, we still survive. If we are chopped off, we survive. If the branches are cut off, we are still alive. If the flowers bloom and wither, we are still alive. Nothing stops us from being alive, as we are deeply rooted within ourselves.

How do you define yourself with your imaginations?

Day 4: Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)

A new day, another adventure.

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Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)
Tsuruhashi Station (鶴橋駅) » Teradacho Station (寺田町駅)

 First, we had a wonderful lunch of Pork Cutlets, right here!

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On the other hand, we arrived at Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺) after 10-15 minutes of walking, which probably helped in digestion heh heh heh we also bought some candles and make wishes accordingly, but pictures and videos were prohibited. The temple was calm, and wonderful.

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And well, the streets are wonderful and I can’t stress enough how interesting each buildings are crafted here.

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Next, we gathered ourselves to Osaka Namba Station (大阪難波駅) for some shopping~ And I finally got to eat authentic Takoyaki (たこ焼き)!

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Do look forward to our last day of our Osaka trip, where we did some shopping and also… Osaka Pokemon Center (ポケモンセンター)!

Day 3.2: Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (大阪くらしの今昔館)

Catching you up, as we left for the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (大阪くらしの今昔館). It was actually a spot that I wanted to visit, because it seemed interesting, and I always enjoy museums.

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Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (大阪くらしの今昔館)
Osaka Station (大阪駅) » Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Station (天神橋筋六丁目駅)
Day 3.2
June 27, 2016

As we made our way to Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Station (天神橋筋六丁目駅), we took a wrong turn and the buildings were pretty cute, so I snap a few before we started checking our maps for the right direction. Do not fred, because the building was right there, we just had to go in!

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Just to take note that the museum closes at 5pm, and last entry is at 4.30pm! Do take note when planning your schedules. There’s also student prices, so do bring an I.D Card for verification!

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An interesting point of the museum was that it actually stimulates day and night, as if you were actually revisiting the olden days of Osaka in a real life setting. There’s also a Kimono wearing experience, but you might have to book beforehand, or come earlier as it was ‘sold out’ when we got there.

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After that area, we would enter a museum-like area, showing how Osaka was revolutionized in various different settings. ↓

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Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル)
Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Station (天神橋筋六丁目駅) » Osaka Station (大阪駅)

As the night arrives, the weather sunk altogether and started raining. Explains our disappointment with our failed night skyline trip… However, we did try to wait for the rain to stop, while grabbing dinner at the Umeda Sky Building itself. But the weather wouldn’t change, and we also had to walk under the rain.

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Staying positive… it was really cooling, so we were also thankful.

Day 4 coming right up, as we explored Shitennoji Temple (四天王寺)!

Day 3.1: HEP FIVE(ヘップファイブ)

What a beautiful day to start with, of such lovely blue skies of Summer in Japan!

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HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel(ヘップファイブ)
Tsuruhashi Station (鶴橋駅) » Osaka Station (大阪駅)
Day 3.1
June 27, 2016

Started off our day with a feast at McDonalds, trying all the burgers exclusive to Japan. Good lunch!

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And we search for what could be included in the area the night before, and came to a conclusion that we shall be enjoying the afternoon skyline on the HEP FIVE (ヘップファイブ)  Ferris Wheel, and go for the Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル) at night. During the time between these two plans of sightseeing from above, we also visited the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living (大阪くらしの今昔館).

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I had to say it was disappointing, or it could be the fact that we expected too much from the excitement of being in a ferris wheel. Maybe the night skyline would be better! Or the HEP FIVE is beautiful itself just by looking at it.

Well, the day gets more disappointing at the Umeda Sky Building…

Catch you up in the next post!

Day 2.2: Glico Man!

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“We have to go meet the running man of Osaka,” I plead.

Temmabashi Station (天満橋駅) » Nipponbashi Station (日本橋駅)
Day 2.2
June 26, 2016

I left off from the Kyobashi Gate of the Osaka Castle Park, and we walk for approximately 10 minutes before we found Temmabashi Station (天満橋駅). We took the Tanimachi Line (谷町線) and changed at Tanimachi 9-chome (谷町九丁目) Station to the Sennichimae Line (千日前線), and arrived at Nipponbashi (日本橋).

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There’s a retro feel to the taxis here, which tingles my heart ↑

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Glico Man, is located at Dōtonbori (道頓堀) that is nearer when walking from Nipponbashi Station (日本橋駅). North of Dōtonbori (道頓堀) area brings us to Shinsaibashi-suji (心斎橋筋), a really long shopping street that we enjoyed coming back to.

On the other hand, the Glico Man did not light up until 8pm… (I assume due to longer days in the summer, and the sun sets later) So, we waited almost an hour until the lights went up heh heh we ended our trip with some shopping and a short search for the train station.

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Do look forward to Day 3!

Day 2.1: Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園)

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Osaka is picturesque in every corner, and culturally captivating in terms of their building structures. Do not mind me, while I split my posts into several parts because I took waaaaaaaaay too much pictures.

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Our family of 4 booked an Airbnb apartment for the first time, and landed ourselves in the heart of Osaka’s Korea Town: Tsuruhashi (鶴橋). Our first official day is where we were headed straight to the must-visit places: the Osaka Castle (大阪城), as our first stop. We hop onto the JR Osaka Loop Line towards Morinomiya (森ノ宮), which connects us directly to the South Outer Entrance of the Park.

Osaka Castle Park (大阪城公園)
Tsuruhashi Station (鶴橋駅) » Morinomiya Station (森ノ宮駅)
Day 2.1
June 26, 2016

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On a side note, we were really amused to witness the women-only cabin.

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Look at those curious kids on the side!

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Japan is my Matcha heaven ↑

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And I really like taking pictures of kids, because they are the ones who truly live in the moment ↑
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Feeling like NYC in Osaka ↑

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Light rays soaked into our shadows ↑

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Future me, with a camera and a tripod, still roaming the world with curiosity ↑

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Ended our route at Kyobashi Gate, towards the North Outer Part towards Temmabashi.

Stay tuned to the next post, as I bring you towards the ‘running man’ of Osaka: the Glico Man! Another principle icon of visiting Osaka.