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got a sudden voice from the heart call to go visiting a long-time-no-see friend. one of a special one 🙂 failed to go by cheap ticket train, end up taking a night bus. so with strong will and guts, heading alone to the land where great foods lies \^o^/

departing on 10 pm, stop once somewhere, sleepless (worried will self silliness syndrome attack on current trip), and arrived at early morning at train station of Osaka 😀 first step on one of my dreamland. take a deep breath, and shout out loud: “WHOOO, HOOOO, OOOOSAKAAAAA \^o^/” . . . by heart, and self smiling (with teeth shown for sure), ignoring people who gave me a “who’s dat self-smilin weirdo?” kinda look, while walking on my way to take train to Tennoji Station where my friend lives.

slight old city view from the train’s window, heard Osaka people talking with their famous slang, think that they’re “warmer” than those Tokyo’s. unbelievably didn’t get lost, arrived at Tennoji Station. glad to finally meet the long-time-no-see friend.

a bit story bout Osaka back then (steal from wiki):

“Osaka was, for a long time, Japan’s most important[13]  economic center, with a large percentage of the population belonging to the merchant class (see Four divisions of society). Over the course of the Edo period (1603–1867), Osaka grew into one of Japan’s major cities and returned to its ancient role as a lively and important port. Its popular culture[14]  was closely related to ukiyo-e  depictions of life in Edo. Developing in parallel with the urban culture of Kyoto and Edo, Osaka likewise featured bunraku and grand kabuki  productions, pleasure quarters, and a lively artistic community.”

and so the trip begins . . . thank God for the nice weather. walked around the famous street, saw things, and took random pictures (this time i used fully charged camera, not mine :P). next impression of the city: noisier, dirtier, messier, louder of Japan that i knew so far. it’s not like Japan! which is cool! i love the city! people are warm, buildings are vintage, performers are averywhere. it’s like what people say: Tokyo’s opposite version
! not to forgot to mention the food. rocks! “managed” to eat these things till drop: kushikatsu, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, taiyaki, manju, couple of bread, and more ;P

definitely a recommended place for a journey exploration. dying to see more of Osaka someday 🙂 wanna tell more but got things to do.

heart the place, heart the trip, and heart the partner. perfect partner makes a journey perfect \^o^/ till we meet again! OOKINI!

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