Saturday, 31 October 2009

Osaka fast forward -->

Haven't been updating much about my trip. Most of the time I was too tired after a long day of walking to stay up all night to blog. Then, when I finally felt awake, I had no internet connection. Yesterday for example, I was staying at a temple in Mt Koya (near Osaka) where there were absolutely no activities after 7pm. Of course, neither was there www.

This is the first time I have come to Japan purely for touristic purposes. The other times that I was here were for businesses other than fun. I have very much enjoyed being a tourist in the last few days. See some photos from the trip so far.

This is at Nara, an hour away from Osaka by train. Lots of deers roaming the parks and streets. Visitors can feed them with special biscults on sale every where along the streets for Yen 150. This nice lady from the deer protection organisation is coaxing little Bambi to leave the biscults alone.

Ha another nice lady trying to feed the deers and ensuring each one gets its fair share.

Maple leaves turning red... a beautiful sight.

The great Todaiji Temple in Nara. Every part of it is made of wood. Rather impressive.

Wooden structure in Todaiji. More about that at a later time.

I also spent some time at the Osaka Aquarium panning stingrays and sardines. Before that, I deliberated whether to go there or not because of the forbidding entrance ticket which cost Yen 2,000 (tell the Japs Yen 2,000 is expensive they will all laugh at me). Now I have to say it is worth every penny.

"Flying" sea turtle.

A panning shot of stingray.

Jelly fish looks great under special lighting.

Not forgetting the landmarks of Osaka.

Glico man in Dotoburi.

Friends, cheers!


Papa, Mummy, Kayden & Tristan said...

That lady feeding the deers looks very familiar.....

Must share the photos of the reds and oranges when you are back!

Ling said...

Ya, lady still looks familiar... that was before the Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Omuraisu haha... maybe now looks a little different!