Part 2 still has to do with Osaka. :)
These photos above were taken at Umeda – the other main shopping district, besides Namba area. Umeda also houses a load of train and subway stations – a maze of them so you can easily get lost there if you’re not familiar with the place. I’ve been there a few times, memorised the steps and areas whenever I went there, so this time when I went there alone, I didn’t get terribly lost.
I like Umeda for its mega shops like Uniqlo, The Loft, Hankyu, Kinokuniya, and the many many eating shops they offer. It’s about 5 stations from my hotel so a really easy and convenient place for me to visit – but I have to walk a lot when I’m there, no seats to sit anywhere.
The top left photo is a shot taken outside one of the indoor train stations – I cannot remember the name of it now. The top right photo is the mega mega Uniqlo store – all 4 storeys of it, and the 2 basement floors house Uniqlo’s cheaper brand GU. This is one store worth visiting.
The bottom photo was taken inside Maruzen, one of my favourite bookstores in Japan. This one was huge too – 3 floors (maybe 4) filled with books and magazines and other things. I love reading so I love this bookstore – just wish I could read Japanese. Couldn’t find any English books there though. Infact I could only find English books in Kinokuniya bookstores in Japan.
I took this photo to remind myself that you don’t need to eat expensive food in Japan, the cheap food also tastes amazing. This above was my lunch on that day when I was alone shopping in Osaka. 2 of my favourite drinks were in order, plus my favourite tuna onigiri, and that GIANT chocolate ice-cream which I was dying to try out after seeing a friend’s post on his Instagram eating it. That ice-cream is to die for – I think I ate more than 5 of it during this trip alone. Bought the drinks, onigiri, and ice-cream from the Japanese kombini or convenient store called Family Mart, which was located just across the street from my hotel. Infact, there are more than 5 convenient stores located around my hotel – so you’ll never get hungry, even in the middle of the night. How cool is that?
Speaking of the middle of the night – I have to say I’ve never been afraid of walking on the streets in Japan late at night. My late at night is around 10plus, and I’ve walked on the streets ALONE at that timing, and I felt safe. I don’t know why, but I just felt really safe. I don’t feel that safe now walking on the streets in the middle of the night here in Singapore.
This above was what I ate A LOT when I was in Osaka – beef rice from Yoshinoya. The Yoshinoya in Singapore is NOTHING compared to the ones in Japan. The menus are different, the beef is different, and the atmosphere is different – everything is different, and SO MUCH better in Japan. And one big thing to note – the food is not only very tasty, the food is also VERY CHEAP. And super fast – in most cases faster than the food I get served in McDonalds! I kid you not. You order one minute, turn around to maybe look at the door, and when you turn back, your food is infront of you – it’s that fast, I’m not exaggerating – especially their basic beef bowls (pic on the right). And you will get hot tea of cold water – unlimited supply – for free. I love the Yoshinoya in Japan – cheap and super good.
I also ate quite a bit of tempura during this trip – one of which was at this shop at the basement shopping mall in Uneda. Just look at the prices – so cheap! You’ll have to pay 2 to 3 times that amount to have tempura here in Singapore. The bowl also came with a free drink, and Japanese radish and pickles. I absolutely love Japanese radishes. The tempura is cooked right infront of you as this shop had its eating tables surrounding the cooking area. Love small shops like this one where you can find amazing food.
Suffice to say that everything you eat in Japan, no matter where it is – in an expensive restaurant or a small shop like this one, or a fast food shop like Yoshinoya, or onigiri from the convenient store – the Japanese food will never let you down.
That’s if for part 2. :)