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The last full day in Japan, and the Osaka Castle 3D illumination was a pretty spectacular way to end it.
The day started off, again very slowly. In general, unless you're a businessman rushing to catch a morning train, days begin much later in Japan than they do in Australia. Shops seem to start their trading hours around 10am, and even at …
We had grand plans for shopping, Osaka aquarium and a visit to Osaka castle for the 3d illumination after dark, but once again temperature and motivation were barriers to getting everything done that we wanted to do.
I think our ambitious schedules, which worked at the beginning of the trip, are just starting to catch up with us a little …
Today was the inevitable, but sad day where we moved on from Kyoto, and made our last city hop of the trip. Back to Osaka, where this all began, almost 3 weeks ago.
We packed up our belongings, and walked out of our spacious apartment for the last time. The Sakara Apartment was a fantastic find, and is probably the most comfortable place …
... Crowded buses. Crowds to catch trains and buses. Crowds to get into any attractions (except Disneyland on a cold rainy day), etc. You get the idea.
- The Japanese obsession with superheating transport in Winter. I understand that the Japanese Winters are cold, but that is still not a good excuse to cook your bus or train occupants. The strange thing was that we seemed to be the only ones that noticed this temperate madness. ...
... are made of stone. Unlike at Kiyomizudera, this time I decided to actually participate in the traditional rites of temple-going. I learned how to purify myself before entering the grounds, how to pray and make a wish, and of course I bought a charm as a keepsake at the end of my trip. I've been collecting postcards, too, for Grandpa. I can't wait to send them to him.
I really can't stress enough how HUGE Todaiji Temple is. It's ...
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