Osaka Castle, Japanese Broadway and nothing to eat
(Todd) We started the day with breakfast in the Il Cuore restaurant, Salone. It was a mostly traditional Japanese breakfast with rice, fish and egg rolls. And by egg rolls, I don`t mean the fried appetizers in America. Egg rolls are sheets of cooked eggs rolled into a long cylinder and sliced into small discs. I thought it was great, and Sara was happy with it as well. After the hotel, Osaka-jo was next.
Osaka-jo (Osaka Castle) is in the center of the city. So you're walking through streets will tall buildings and suddenly you see a gold-encrusted castle off in the distance. The castle area is surrounded by a moat with 100 foot walls.
Once inside the park, there are lots of little shops and tables for sitting, people jogging, etc. The main attraction is the castle museum, where you learn about the history of it and the many shogun who tried to take it as their own. On the roof of the castel we had a great view of the city. It was interesting to be standing in a 400 year old castle and looking out at a very modern city surrounding it on all sides.
After the museum, we were walking through the park and I decided to get a local artisan paint me a portrait in a sort of Japanese style drawing. While I was posing, several hundred kids, all dressed in their martial arts uniforms, came running through the park. It was quite a sight to see. After buying a few souveniers, we went to see what broadway looked like in Japan.
While in Osaka, we saw a lot of posters advertising Phantom of the Opera. It was not playing now, but we called the theater and learned that Mamma Mia was playing, one of Saras favorites. Well, the first few songs were interesting, but after about an hour, the novelty wore off for me. It was interesting to see the Japanese interpretation, but for a show that I didnt know the story behind, it was hard to get into the show.
Black Friday has Nothing on the HEP 5
Have you ever gone to the malls on the Friday after Thanksgiving? If you thought it is crowded, WOW, you have to go to the HEP 5. Imagine New Years Eve at Times Square. We quickly decided to go elsewhere.
After all the running around, we were beat, so we decided to get dinner at the local department store. Hotels and department stores are the place to find the best restaurants. At about 8, we got back to the hotel and decided to stay in. We woke early to get breakfast and head to Kyoto.