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A day in Osaka

Whale sharks and Eat Street

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This morning Yoko's friend Yuki and her daughter Sanae (Mrs Mandolin and Ballerina to Plane Boy's folks) drove Yoko and us to the station for the multi-stage train to Osaka. First stop in the city was the giant Osaka Aquarium, which Plane Boy has been anticipating for months. The place was packed so the viewing was a bit below par at first, but the main ocean tank was truly vast and the crowds thinned out further down, so we did get excellent views of the main animals we'd come to see: whale sharks. The tank is so big it can hold 3 of them, though not full-grown of course.
Sea otters are enormous, and sea lions are even cuter below the surface; one kept putting its nose up to the glass, to the delight of a little kid at the same height. The touch pool was good, too, with lots of velvety stingrays and sandpapery sharks. We now have a whale shark oolie (toy) for Charlotte, though Nerdia might keep it for herself as it's very cute. :)

Our next activity will remain a secret until Plane Boy's mum has watched the video, so we can see her reaction first hand. ;-)

Then we met up with Sanae en route home for a wander down Daitonburi - known in Plane Boy's family as Eat Street. Long arcades crammed full of shoppers and lined with expensive or kooky shops of all kinds, from eateries to theme outfits to karaoke girly bars. Fabbo! After meandering around for a while we ducked into one of the upstairs restaurants for some very decadent icecream desserts - mmm, yummy.

Now we're all tuckered out, so it'll be an early night to prepare us for Kyoto tomorrow!
Mata ne from Plane Boy and Nerdia.

Posted by NarLin 02:24 Archived in Japan Tagged tourist_sites

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