The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
Travel Blogs from Osaka
... of Japanese language and culture which I'd otherwise have no idea about as a tourist. Without going into a lot of detail, reading and understanding Japanese sounds like a total nightmare due to the 4 different character sets and sounds, and culturally in some ways Japan is still stuck back in the 1950s (Phil's words not mine). We'd already read in the Japan Rough Guide that it's quite a male ...
... across and down the west coast of North and South America.
Charlotte and Angela really enjoyed all of the exhibits, even though they'd seen them all before, and they'd changed very little since they were last at the aquarium. Isabelle however, absolutely loved it. Her favourites were the otters, even though it was impossible to convince her that they weren't meercats, and the the dolphins and seals, who would come up and play with her ...
... idea we were going here, so all I could think when we arrived there, was 'What! I don't have my togs!' My host mother must have mentioned it in the morning when she explained the plans for the day, I guess that part just slipped through my understanding - lost in translation, I suppose. It now made sense why she had given me a towel to take in the car! Anyway, we went inside and it was like a hotel, so flash. Turns out there was a restaurant there, so we ate food from the buffet ...
... early on, first mile way over 9mm, 2 and 3 way over 8, but seeing other runners, or the fact that I had climbed a little to the castle and was now benefitting meant I slipped into a progressive sub 8mm rhythm. I thought to head along the path I'd looked over from the castle grounds the day before, wooded over and with the noise of a festival/protest/exercise class leaking up into the hill. I found myself, though, orbiting the castle, and having spent 18 minutes or so doing so ...
... I reached the Heian Jingu Shrine, a huge, colourful shrine just north of the Higashiyama area. Another popular location, the place was teeming with people. I can imagine that they have some fantastic festivals at this shrine. I hope I get the chance to see one someday.
From the Heian Shrine, I headed east, following the river as far as Nanzenji temple. The entrance to the temple is a huge (and I do mean ...
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