Ark Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi
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... the waterways ..... Interesting dinner where we met a group of McDonalds business men - many free vouchers handed to us - all in Japanese so not sure what we get - but they were fun people. Oh forgot to mention that I went to the toilet at the train station and pressed the flush button but goodness it was the emergency button - well they came running and I very embarrassed said "sorry pressed wrong button" ....... Good practice I ...
... money through the window so it is all very discreet. So many of them were really expensive as we were now right in Golden Week. We also encountered love hotel racism! We were told in one place that only Japanese were allowed. We were pretty shocked. Can you imagine if a Japanese went to an English hotel and got told English only?! We would surely be accused of racism and discrimination. Interesting how the "rules" change from place to place on what is acceptable. ...
Well we arrived into Osaka at 5pm. Did not get to our apartment till 8pm. 3 hours to do 35ks. The bonus is that the apartment is really nice and spacious. We even get a seperate bedroom for Shauna while i sleep on the floor in a ready made mattress. Was quite comfortable.
Today we visit Osaka Castle. It is a beautiful warm sunny day. We are so lucky to be here at this time as the cherry trees are all starting to blossom. Such a pretty sight, and ...
... off on our one and a half hour journey to Hiroshima.
Each first class car has an attendant whose job it is to bring you around a disposable wet towel (like the KFC ones), and a list of what's on the food cart. They chatter away to you in Japanese, which we of course can't understand - but you get the gist of what they're saying.
Our favourite word these days is 'Arigato' - which is Japanese for 'Thank you'. And a fairly easy one ...
... with three small, whole baby squids and moved on to very tasty fish liver, some colorful red crab and some of the more unusual sushi we had — squid egg! We also enjoyed sea urchin, mud crab and a grilled scallop hand roll, among many others. It was a really fun evening in a great atmosphere. No fugu tonight though, but enough other delicacies for a memorable evening.
Now it is time to head to bed to prepare for a trip to the ancient capital in the ...