“Kawaii” characters everywhere

In Japan everything is “kawaii” No matter where you look, you’ll find a cute character for foods, as mascots, even posters for public awareness have a cutesy feeling about them. I’m not sure if I might have had a lack of “cute” when I was younger and am craving it for this reason but I…

Osaka – where eating is everything part 4

After the Cherry Blossom Boattrip and the short detour to Osaka Castle it was (oviously) again time for lunch and we were led to the New Otani Hotel, where we ate at a very good chinese restaurant. The view on the castle and the cherry blossoms was beautiful and the food delicious. Though I can’t…

Hanami and a visit to Osaka Castle

The Sightseeing part of the schedule started off with perfect weather and a cherry blossom viewing by boat. The cherry blossom trees in Osaka, lined up alongside the river(s) can be seen beautifully from the water, although I am afraid the pictures with my phone didn’t turn out so well and don’t do the scenery…

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 3

After getting an early start in the morning (and only a quick stop at the breakfast buffet) and a one and a half hour drive to the factory in Shiga the time till lunch passed very quickly and off we went to a nearby golf club. Many japanese people, especially business people, like playing golf…

Shinsaibashi, Namba and an unexpected surprise

Although I initially thought that I might have some time in the evening to get around town and maybe even shop a little, this expectation was quickly nipped in the bud by the late night drinking evey evening. So on the third evening alike I found myself hurrying to my room to stow away my…

Osaka – where eating is everything Part 2

The first morning in Osaka started off with the breakfast buffet in one of the Hotel restaurants. Consisting of western and japanese foods alike I was nevertheless surprised to find one of Osakas famous dishes takoyaki being part of the buffet. And they were surpisingly good! I have to say I find that crispy toast…