Hotel Laforet Shin-Osaka
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This evening we headed out on the town to Dontonbori arcade. It was hopin'! There was lots to see and eat! We even saw a crowd watching a guy playing Dance, Dance Revolution. We had tako yaki (octopus pancake balls), tempura, Turkish ice cream, and cheese sweets. And beer. Mmmmm..... It was pretty awesome, Joel was so happy! We added 3.2 miles to the day, taking the total up to 12.1 miles for the day, another new ...
... hipster waitstaff at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Veronica and I went with burgers, and the girls all went with kids meals, and it all came out very quickly. Charlotte got the cheeseburger, and Angela and Isabelle got the chicken tenders kids meals.
My burger was the biggest burger I'd ever seen. split into 2 halves, it took up the entire plate, and was absolutely fantastic. Bigger, but not as tasty as the Center 4 quattro burger ...
... I wanted to see, but sadly I left Osaka Castle with only the little knowledge of it that I came in with. In the future I definitely want to go back and read/see everything! Funny, the castle was the first place so far where I saw more than one foreigner. Even though they weren't New Zealanders, I felt as if I knew them, maybe because we are all experiencing what it's like to be obvious tourists.
Next we went to Syofukunoyu, a hot spring spa and sauna. I actually ...
... yesterday's blog. A Japanese man wandered up and chattered at me. I didn't understand and he slipped into English; it turned out he wanted to recommend the garden I was near, but I'd seen it. The picture of the keep reflecting on the water yesterday is from there, it really is the spot to see Osaka castle from. He used to make curtains, kimonos etc, traditional things for which there just isn't much market any more but is in any case retired now. He was keen to compare notes ...
... from the smoking area, we enjoyed a dinner of okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Restaurants and bars in Japan still allow smoking, which really made us appreciate how nice it is not to have to put up with that anymore at home. After dinner we wandered a bit to look at this area with its neon, big screens and big city crowds. The rain didn't seem to have deterred people from coming out on this weekday evening, and it was certainly an exciting area to check ...