Ark Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi
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... all of a sudden had to change the train. 3 times. The train stuff pretty much threw me out of the train with hands and Japanese (yeah right, as if I speak Japanese…).
And when I finally checked in and arrived exhausted and wet at my hotel, I realized I have to sleep on the ground, because I accidentally booked a traditional hotel.
What a start in my Japan holidays.
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What a day!
First, a little bit about my new workplace. I am a gymnastics coach (taiso sensei) at Tomioka Gymnastics Club and an English teacher at Tommy International School. They are owned by the same family and are run out of the same facility. Tommy International School is on the first floor and Tomioka Gymnastics Club is on the second floor. There are English speakers from all over the world working at Tommy International School so it is easy to ...
... the whole festival is that people would dress up in yukatas (summer kimono), and the whole even felt like a county fair rather than a religious festival. You had vendors left and right, people selling fans, stalls with games for kids, musicians in the streets, etc. It was truly a fun atmosphere. I roasted outside watching the parade wind its way thought the streets towards the barges in the Okawa River. Then I had fun on the bridge with the other spectators as all ...
... just these tiny little beings in a sea of adults, making their way without thinking twice. (Note: I barely let me child walk down the street alone...this is a huge cultural shift.) Yokohama was similar to Osaka, but I think the people were generally calmer and in less of a rush. Regardless, people are calm, quiet and respectful. Some are running, some are walking at a robotic pace with the others, and some, well, some are ...
... are very strict about photo taking inside the palace so I obeyed the rules. The floors are a trip, they are called singing floors because they squeak but in a musical way and that was to alert if anyone was sneaking in. They had rooms of Mannequins' dressed of the period, pretty cool. There are photos on the Wikipedia sight of those.
After the Palace I walked around the grounds, very pretty but it is going to be spectacular when all of the trees bloom. ...