I think it’d be fair to say that Iron Chef had quite a bit of influence on our decision to travel to Japan. After seeing some of the amazing (and strange) creations on the show, the idea of eating some of this food ourselves was rather appealing.
Today we took photos of the most photographed thing in Japan. We’re such tourists.
Spent today getting sunburnt and sore legs. We covered a lot of ground – first stop was Osaka Jo, a castle that has been built, destroyed and rebuilt many times. We ran out of time to take a look inside, but spent a few hours wandering through the gardens that surround it, quite a nice change of pace compared to Shinsaibashi.
It’s been an exhausting first full day here. Of course we woke up at about 7am and thought we’d get up and around and not waste the morning – only to realise that we’re staying in an area that doesn’t wake up before noon. I’m psyching myself up to try the Japanese version of breakfast at our hotel: this morning I chickened out with toast, while at the table next to us a man ate rice with raw egg and fermented soy beans. And orange juice; I guess some things are universal.
I’m currently sitting in a very small (but not unpleasant) hotel room in Osaka. It’s the farthest I’ve ever been away from home, the first time I’ve been in a non-English speaking country and the first time I’ve seen the sink drain the opposite way (I had to check).
By my calculations, according to our synchronised watches, we’ll be on a plane heading to Japan (aka Nippon) in approximately 36 hours. So I feel the time is ripe to publish my list of…
Top 10 Things I Am And Am Not Looking Forward to About Japan