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... 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 ...
... worse than their English, but it was a great night that ended in singing at an all you can drink Karaoke bar until 4am!). I will definitely go back to Osaka, although hopefully with some more language skills.
From there, I have arrive today in Kyoto. I only have one night here, which is not going to be enough to do everything, but I squished a few things in today. I met Japanese guy who took me around to loads of ...
Groups of 8 or so older Japanese men, dressed in expensive suits, sunglasses and shining leather or crocodile skin shoes, with one obvious "main man" in the center of the group, swanning through the crowds like they own the city, while passers by get out of their way and avert their gaze, I assume out of respect or fear.
It is great fun to watch.
Heading to all of the usual places to get photos, we found ourselves on ...
... we got a better taste of the quirky Japanese metropolitan culture that I had heard so much about. It was funny because when I had previously thought of Tokyo, before I actually visited it, I thought of the crazy fashion sense, girls dressed up like dolls or anime characters, and bright neon signs everywhere. Tokyo felt more like a sterile, sober version of what I was expecting. Osaka was where my expectations were met. In Dotombori there were the flashing neon signs and ...
Had a good sleep in today and decided to wander in the opposite direction down the Shinsaibashi-suji shopping mall. Found some scrumptious baked treats and tempura chicken meal for lunch and set off on our way to see some cherry blossoms at Osaka Castle. It was a cold, wet and drizzly morning, but nonetheless the cherry blossoms were still spectacular. We walked and walked and walked around Osaka Castle and the ...
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