Hotel Awina Osaka
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... what I didn’t expect is they did a facial photo scan thing by making me look into a camera and scanned my prints on my index fingers (I have to be careful not to leave those prints at any crime scene). After checking out my photo and me I was let though and entered Japan! We made it through to baggage claim and our bags quickly came out. I watched the dogs weave in and out of people and thankfully didn’t stop and react to me. Mark and I grabbed our bags ...
... to food stalls. Try 'okonomiyaki'=grill whatever you want :) Osaka is also a great starting point to explore the area: Nara, Kobe and Himeji are a mere half an hour bullet train ride, while our ultra modern Remm Shin-Osaka hotel was situated directly within Shin Osaka station, for even more convenient train hopping. Nara, Japan's first permanent capital, was established in the year 710, but, as the influence and political ambitions of the city's powerful Buddhist monasteries grew ...
... down to the ground, we found a nice cafe (Tree Cafe) inside of the nearby train station. They served sandwiches and tea for breakfast.
After breakfast we walked to Shitennōji temple, one of the oldest temples in Japan. It has several altars, monk statues, a sacred spring, two turtle ponds and a number ...
... was incredibly hard to find stores that had the style (or any shoes for that matter) in my size. Apparently a New Zealand size 7 in Japan is huge. The biggest common size is the equivalent to a size 6 - Great for Japanese people with tiny feet, not so great for foreigners with completely normal sized feet! So that was especially frustrating, because Namba has so many wonderful reasonably priced shoes, but they just won't fit me! Clothes shopping will ...
... the supermarket called Hankyu Oasis. It was a large place and even had a reasonable variety of cheese which most places don't have here. Even sold a few varieties of Tim Tams. Walked home, was about 1.5 kms I think and uphill.
Peter cooked up some gyoza which were delicious.
Phase 10 - I beat Peter 2-0
Mensch - I beat Peter 1-0