Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Our 2008 Japan Trip - Osaka & Kobe

First ramblings on Osaka here.

Our last stop before heading back home. We were here for 3 nights, with plans to visit nearby places like Kobe, Kyoto etc (alas, weather was not that co-operative, and I decided to cancel my plan to drop by Kyoto; which was to be my solo trip).

Very easy to find places to eat. A lot of street stalls, filled with fellow tourists lining up just to buy takoyaki. All queues were pretty orderly and did not cause any hindrance for other stalls/businesses, something that our "Makcik Nasi Lemak" can take note. Hehehe...

Met a Japanese who were able to converse a bit of Malay at the Takoyaki stall. Saw a Malaysian family having lunch at the same place (Maido) as we did. Raimie had fun just playing in Toys R Us at Namba Park. There were Lego and Thomas the Train models to play with there, so we let Raimie play there for a while. A lot of mothers and their child there, killing time. Mothers happily chatting away while their kids were free to play with the toys (A concept that is a bit alien in Malaysia, you'd be hard pressed finding shops allowing kids to play/try the toys here). Got rather excited with the Dinosaur model which moves, sleep, etc when touched.

Got lost trying to find 100yen shop, and finally got on a train (after reading directions from RobBeer from Japan-Guide) and went to one in Sakai-Shi. Not as cool as the one in Hakata, but we were quite happy to get few items to bring back home. We got bowls, plates, sauce plates, cups, tea pots, candies, sushi key-chains, even a letter opener! No Noritake dinnerware for us! Oh no. We are proud of our cheapness. Hehehe Didn't shop as much as we wanted to, because we only managed to find the 100yen shop 30 minutes before it closes.

And I had fun burning some cash shopping, and managed to give stress to a sales staff at UniQlo when she tried to explain something in English to me. Took pity on her and told her she can speak "a little bit of Japanese" with me, only to get bombarded with breakneck speed of Japanese explanation about the pants I wanted to alter. Oh well...

First off - some photos in Osaka and Kobe.

Raimie looking for Yapool Seijin in Kobe. You'd have to watch Ultraman Mebius and Ultraman Brothers, The Movie to understand this. Hihihi

With Glico Man. While there were a crowd waiting to take photos here, people will actually give way so that you can take photo and have no one blocking your way. Talk about being patient and considerate. Well, everyone want a nice photo right?

With Kuidaore Clown, maybe for the last time as the Kuidaore Restaurant is closing down on July 8th. Harvey from Japan Newbie reported the news and had his meal there for the last time. So, will the clown be permanently transplanted at that spot? Anyone?
Raimie with Peko-Chan. He was actually embarassed but we "forced" him to stand there. Hehehe Evil parents.

12 comments:

  1. evil...no la...our kid is the best model right...so no harm...hahaha

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  2. Nash,
    true, our kids are the best model... who wants to see old fogeys in photos right? :D

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  3. lina... cute seh raimie berposing!!!

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  4. Nad,
    yeke? hehehe thanks on behalf.:D

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  5. [With Glico Man. While there were a crowd waiting to take photos here, people will actually give way so that you can take photo and have no one blocking your way. Talk about being patient and considerate. Well, everyone want a nice photo right?]

    If the same situation is to happen in Malaysia, would our fellow Malaysians actually give way like what you experienced over there?

    Hmmm ... I think will lah.

    We Malaysians are not all that bad, right? :D

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  6. Deimos,
    you think so? Some yes lah (we're not so barbaric kan?), but some don't care. I've got so many photo of someone's side, backside, hand, head... because they don't care that you are posing for photo.
    Cannot beat the patience of a Japanese when waiting for you to finish taking your photo. LOL

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  7. Know what you meant about speaking Japanese. Was in Japan sometime back and made the mistake of flaunting my (very) limited Jap in front of the staff... I was immediately buried under the torrential words that came thereafter.

    Me bad... :0

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  8. Lina, I love shopping at the 100Yen shop too.
    A little bit of money will fill my suitcase :)
    Do you know they are also in KL now?

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  9. @wakanai,
    I only got chance to visit Daiso but not the 100yen shop yet. How many shopping trips have you made to the outlet so far? :D

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  10. >>How many shopping trips have you made to the outlet so far?

    Too many! On every trip to Japan, I will grab anything I can manage into my suitcase. Like crockery, special spoons and knifes, money gift envelopes, those special carved toothpicks, even the shichimi spices :) And a lot of hangers that can be given as small present.
    Since most of the airport staff is very strict on luggage weight and handbag size nowadays, I can get only a few nice souvenirs in it, and the rest is filled with these 100yen deals, together with packages of misosoup and kaki no tane :)

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  11. @Wakanai,
    Oooo... talking about shichimi spices. I needed to stock up on that soon! Am regretting not buying them in bulk the last time we were there! LOL

    HAngers as presents? Now, that's a new idea for me! :)

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