Osaka castle

Day Three – We Storm The Castle and Eat Takos

After the Farm House Museum we went back into the city to go to Osaka Castle. The subway was easy to use and dumped us in front of the park. We hiked through the park and up a massive staircase, then wound up, eventually, at the castle. The observation level offered great views of the city. The other floors had displays of historic artifacts including armor which was made of gold. The floors also had hordes of school children who were, for some reason, fascinated with Tom. Groups of them approached him to help them with their English homework which included having a foreign tourist colour their country in their notebooks, answer a few questions and take a photo. The kids were cute and tried hard with the English so we helped them out and coloured a lot of maps of Canada. We are not sure why this happens to us – we had almost the same thing happen to us in Seoul.

Osaka Castle now featuring foliage!
Osaka Castle now featuring foliage!

Finished with the castle, we went outside and watched some older schoolkids take many, many selfies of themselves then headed to the plaza in front of the castle to get some food truck items. We ended up having takoyaki (a tiny bit of octopus in a fried batter) that wasn’t great.

Outside the main attraction street
Outside the main attraction street
There a re a LOT of these covered markets all over the place
There a re a LOT of these covered markets all over the place

That evening, we headed to Dotonburi to experience some nightlife. The pedestrian shopping streets were covered to protect from rain and full of bright signs and plenty of people. We cruised around and found a conveyor belt sushi place and grabbed some little plates. We enjoyed all of it! And it was fairly inexpensive too.  After that we wandered around some more and found a famous takoyaki place Рthese ones were a bit slimy in the middle too but it was all part of the experience, I suppose.

Giant octopus! (note: Octopus shown actual size)
Giant octopus! (note: Octopus shown actual size)
Basically tako yaki is a mess in a box topped with fish shavings.
Basically tako yaki is a mess in a box topped with fish shavings.

Something we have noticed about Osaka is that there are very few garbage cans in public. I walked around with that stupid takoyaki box for 40 minutes before getting frustrated and trying to stuff it (unsuccessfully) into a pop can recycler. Apparently, people walk around with their garbage until they get home and can dispose of it.

The famous Glico runner now in LED form
The famous Glico runner now in LED form
The famous....um...beer sign
The famous….um…beer sign

We admired all the moving signs and the LED billboards and decided it was time to call it a night. We accomplished all we set out to do – takoyaki – check, Dotonburi and the Glico man – check, stay out past 10 – check.

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