Konnichiha! I’m back from my Golden Week journey, so it’s time for a not so small update And even videos, omg rofl0rz, plz fix! xD
Space Ape of Doom as seen from Yannik’s balcony – it was the mascot of some pachinko parlour (as usual, click on the pictures to see better and bigger versions).
In the last article, I ended with driving to Yannik’s place and planning to do some sightseeing the next day, so I’ll continue from there. Sunday’s dawn was long gone when we got up, but there was still plenty of time, to rock Osaka, so we met with Yannik’s buddy Keita at the station and started our tour in Nanba, which is Osakas biggest Lifestyle-/Nightlife-/Food-/Whatever-district. If you had any image of japanese cities apart from skyscrapers and temples, Namba is surely going to meet your expectations. Extremely crowded, big advertisement signs and lights everywhere, people shouting to get customers, the smell of a thousand different dishes in the air – that’s it!
The National Bunraku Theater seen from the Nanba station.
One of the big ways for pedestrians, whose name I’ve already forgotten again ^^”
People, advertisements… big crab!
After we’d bought our lunch there (delicious dumplings with different fillings) we drove to the port to eat it, before we set to climb the Osaka World Trade Center, which stands about 252m high. After some trouble to find the right elevator to get to the top, we were rewarded for our trouble with a great view over the city and the Osaka bay. If the weather would have been better, we even would have been able to see as far as Kyushu, but it was sadly clouded and a bit foggy. The place also seems to be quite popular as a wedding location – if you have quite some cash, of course. It’s kinda cheesy, but still…
The Osaka World Trade Center – huge!
Eating dumplings – tasty!
View of Osaka from the WTC – nice!
We then went back into the city, Umeda district this time, which seemed to be more focused on shopping than Nanba. In the station, we met up with Chiyo, who is a friend of Keita, if i remember it correctly and then went to the HEP 5 together, which is a big Ferris wheel. Of course we went for a ride and as the sun was already going down, the city’s lights started to spur into life and delivered a stunning illumination. As much as I love Hamburg, you don’t get such a view there – and it’s not even the end. the best is yet to come!
The HEP 5 in the not so far distance
Below the HEP 5.
View from the HEP 5 – just one of the many pictures I took
With these impressions in our minds, we went window-shopping and eating again. For the latter, we chose an italian restaurant, where they served delicious pizza and pasta, while the first one was done in a shopping center near the Umeda station. In there, we found some pretty amazing things, of which I can’t show all of them now. But maybe two pictures as highlights and a slight topping of video-goodness
It’s ugly as hell and looks like it’s gooing to perform some sexual action soon – what is it? I’m open for interpretations of every kind!
Son Goku and Naruto fighting a fierce battle with Ninjutsus and Kamehameha!
To understand the video, please raise your volume and just listen – you’ll getthe irritating part around the middle of the video, when the refrain starts. We had no idea why one would sing such a song and what the intentions of the lyrics where. Something between support of victims and support of nuclear power probably
Finally, we went to the Umeda Sky Building, which stands “only” 173m tall, but offers an amazing all around view over the city. And as we went there at night, the scene was even more beautiful. Without much of a comment i just want you to experience it too, even though I can only offer a few photos and a shaky video. But just try it out, it is amazing!
The Umeda Sky Building from below.
The Yodo river and its bridges at night – beautiful!
Osaka’s illuminated skyline.
Walking around the whole platform once, to show you view all around. To me it was just stunning and I hope the video has the same effect on you, despite the quality issues. Anyone should do the same, when beeing in Osaka, it’s definitely worth it!
On the romantic platform, from left to right and down: Keita, Chiyo, Yannik and me.
I just had to take this picture – do not enter the South!
The view from the lobby – exhausted from the day. It was a good one!
With that done, we were exhausted and our feet hurt, so it was time to go back home and we returned to the dormitory. The next day was more relaxed, as we didn’t do much sightseeing, but instead just did about nothing and just went to the post office, buying food ant eat a Mega Teriyaki Burger at Mc Donalds. The Mega Mac doesn’t exist anymore, but its smaller friend was just as tasty – yummy!
Tasty burgers and standard fries. A good lunch
That’s the end of this article. The next one should be due tomorrow, if I can find the time. I hope you liked it and always feel free to leave a comment