Osaka Travel Stories
The Chiba University "Sausage Festival", Kobe Luminarie, and the Delights of Engrish
I have long maintained that Japanese is tied with Latin for the prize of "most inately badass-sounding language" on the planet. By contrast, english as spoken by the Japanese is probably one of the more adorable things ever. English is a rich and subtle language, qualities I had marvellously demonstrated to me last Friday riding the train to Osaka. I was talking with a friend, who was remarking that all the students who came to Kobe from UMD w...

Fat Men in a Skinny Man's Country
Yukie took me to see the Sumo grand tournament in Osaka and I must admit that it is a strange and wonderful sport. In a county of skinny people, they find the fattest, chuck them into a ring with only a small lyon cloth on and make them jump on top of each other. I used to watch it on the telie box, but seeing it live is no comparison. The crowd were lively, shouting out the names of their heros and ohhing and ahhhing at each bout. It’s a spo...

Is there any city i DON`T get lost in?
my activities of the day consisted of exploring Kyoto, essentially. After rising and having my first shave in at least six days (bliss!) i boldly took to the shinkansen. arriving in Kyoto, i found the Kyoto Tourist Information Center (for some reason on the ninth floor of the station), obtained a map and set forth. my first stop was Senjusangendo Temple (the temple of a Thousand Buddhas), as demanded by my family. to give credit where it`s...

Attack of the schoolchildren!
well, i am now in Osaka, having once again gotten lost trying to find my lodgings (though this time i bucked the tradition by gaining help from, not a Kindly Old Person, but the occupants of a Kindly 24-hour Doctors Office). i spent the morning completing one or two errands i had assigned myself and generally wandering Asakusa. after i posted off some gifties to a friend i strolled down the market street as i had the day before, only to be me...

Hip Hop Hooray- it's Shakey's lunch buffet!
On Wednesday morning, Paul & I woke up, packed our increasingly large bags and checked out of the hostel in Osaka. We were headed for the Champs Elysees of Osaka- Shinsaibashi shopping street! Supposedly this is the hip and happening, be seen at shopping district, so of course we had to go. Our plan was to take the subway from the hostel to Osaka station, stash our luggage at a locker and then train over to shinsaibashi. Shop and then get our ...

About Osaka
Osaka, with an aproximate latitude of 34,7 (42° 0' 0" N) and a longitude of 135,5 (30° 0' 0" E), is located around NaN kilometers west (255°) of Tokyo, the capital of Japan. A 10 square km area around Osaka has an aproximate population of 2592413 and an average elevation of 6 meters above the sea. So far 398 pictures and 46 stories has been uploaded during travels in Osaka.
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