There’s a Japanese saying they use to describe Osaka which translates to something like, ‘falling down from eating’. Osakites love their food and they love to party. The amount of restaurant and bar lined streets you can find in this city is testament to it. In our hostel we met a couple of people who had originally come here for a few days and ended up staying for weeks. That’s how much they enjoyed the food. Karen and I didn’t have that luxury so we had to stick to our 2 day itinerary.
On our first day we took a stroll along the river marvelling at all the cool architecture and sculptures along the way. It was a glorious Autumnal day with bright sunshine and blue skies. At some point we got lost and asked for directions. The man we stopped was clearly on his lunch break. Yet, he insisted on walking us to the nearest metro station, despite our protestations. Somehow, I don’t think that would have happened in London.
We loved this giant indoor market. It was yet another great place for food and people watching. We had some of the best ramen ever here. It was recommended by a man outside who we thought worked for the place but turned out to be a satisfied customer. Always trust the locals when it comes to food.
Ironically, the worst food we had in Japan was also in Osaka. It is all because of the crazy system of withdrawing money. For some stupid reason, most foreign debit cards don’t work in Japanese banks. It means that you have to find a post office or Seven/Eleven where they do work.
The trouble is, you have no idea where they are. So on our last night we walked around half of Osaka to find one and by the time we did, most of the restaurants were closed. The only place that was open had a woman outside trying to entice people in. That fact alone should have raised alarm because in Japan they never need to entice people in.
As you can see from Karen’s face we were far from impressed with the dish we chose. I would tell you what it is but to this day we have no idea.
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