Osaka Daiichi Hotel
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I'm going from Tokyo to Osaka by the high-speed-train the Shinkansen.
I take a taxi from the hotel to a local train-station and a local train to Tokyo station. I'm there in good time before the Shinkansen.
As the Shinkansen drives through the country-side at 300 km/t it starts to rain. It is a good day to …
In Osaka there is the world biggest Manga / Anime shop called Mandrake. In my Danish guidebook it is marked in the Osaka city map.
It is only a few kilometres away and half the way I can go underground in relative cool.
When I get near where Mandrake should be I can't find it so I ask pedestrians and most don't speak English but one point to a building up ahead. Yes!
But when I get there there is no sign saying Mandrake ... humm specious. Well, I take ...
... little bit. Before going back to he hostel i decided to walk around a bit through the Dotonbori-street area which in some parts resembles Times Square a bit with all the screens, neon lights and noise of commercials blasting at high volume. I sat around and just watched people passing by while enjoying a beer. I went back to the hostel and after checking in i met Brady from the US in my dormitory. We talked a bit about lightweight travel, macbooks and other stuff. I had a quick ...
... that no one could sneak up on you- the planks make a squeaking sound (apparently akin to a nightingale's song) when walked upon. A priceless example of the architectural style of that period and my lasting memory is the squeaking floorboards??
We also did the obligatory pilgrimage to the Gion district for the obligatory geisha spotting. Gion has a high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. Due to the fact that property taxes ...
... show. I only caught the last four speakers, but a couple were pretty interesting. After that came the ramen (its always the ramen after drinking apparently), the taking of the goofy anime-style pic that was posted on Facebook (I didn`t know those photobooths allowed you to post-pic manipulate your eyes and ****), the Irish pub, and (for me alone) further post-drinking sashimi and yakatori.
Sunday was my ...