Existing Member?

Wanderings and Misadventures of The Toes Ramblings of a fledgling traveler...

Airplanes and Futons

JAPAN | Wednesday, 3 March 2010 | Views [439]

I`ve made it to Japan, I'm in Osaka and it's 5:00 AM. This will be my second day here so I plan to do the tourist thing on foot.

The flight wasn't as bad as I had expected though 13 hours from Toronto to Tokyo still isn't that fun. (a note to my parents: the flight was direct to Japan. I don't know why I said there was a stop in Vancouver *shrugs*)By the time I reached Osaka airport I could think of nothing but bed. Getting to the hostel was a task since there was far less English signage than I expected! A man escorted me though the subway system to my last line. I muttered a low "wakarimasu, domo arigato gozaimasu" and he was on his way. I felt like such a bum, allowing him to go so far out of his way for a complete stranger.

Hey, cool thing: people stay to the right of the escalators, allowing others to walk up if they choose! I noticed that in Vancouver too. Maybe the rest of the world is just more organized than Ottawa. It is a government town after all.


Yesterday I took it easy and went to the Osaka aquarium. Pretty neat though I was disappointed in the lack of sea cucumbers. The whale sharks were pretty wicked at feeding time, thanks for the tip Puss-Puss. They suck in liters of water at a time from the surface... looks like whirlpools. If i don't get to see the Naruto whirlpools at least I've seen the whale shark whirlpools. Unfortunately I had to wait an hour and a half for feeding time but,meh, I'm not in any kind of rush.


I took my first glance at Japanese shopping too. Crazy merch. My favorite was an entire store dedicated to Miyazaki movies. Holy-hell did I want to buy everything. There was some nice stuff. Mostly Totoro merch. I picked up a small cloth since many washrooms don't have hand dryers. It has Totoro on it, naturally.

The hostel is every bit as cool as I expected. It is a very laid back place with an unusual funky flair. The main lounge is also a bar (they were playing jaw harp music when I arrived at night). I wasn't here 10 minutes before some guests invited me to chill. frankly though,I just wanted a shower and sleep. Hopefully I'll grow some balls tonight and meet everyone.

Getting peckish.

Flying over Russia... or Alaska

Flying over Russia... or Alaska

Tags: hayao miyazaki, hostel u-en, osaka, osaka aquarium, totoro

Add your comments

(If you have a travel question, get your Answers here)

In order to avoid spam on these blogs, please enter the code you see in the image. Comments identified as spam will be deleted.


About kitschey

Yongmeori Coast, Jeju Island

Follow Me

Where I've been

Photo Galleries

My trip journals


See all my tags 


 

 

Travel Answers about Japan

Do you have a travel question? Ask other World Nomads.