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Arima Onsen

Hello from Kobe! I have probably mentioned this before but I really like Kobe, it is old, traditional, quaint and tranquil. We are now staying in one of the hot springs hotels at the Arima Onsen area .

Today I had my first hot springs bath, it was a great cultural experience, a little too hot for me but still really relaxing and fun. I also had my first kobe beef, it was fantastic, we had to grill it ourselves which made it easier perhaps because I could make sure that the beef was still rare and melt in the mouth.

Tomorrow it is bye bye Kyoto and hello Tokyo. What will Tokyo bring I wonder …

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Goodbye Osaka

It is our last night in Osaka.

Tomorrow we will be heading to Arima for our one day onsen adventure. After days of walking and travelling by public transport everywhere, I am looking forward to resting my feet and body by soaking for long hours in the warm healing baths.

And then there’s our Kobe beef dinner … Even my parents who do not normally eat beef are willing to try Kobe beef for the first time. Us siblings joke that they only eat ‘high grade’ beef and refuse to settle for anything but the best.

Things I have learnt about Japan so far …

  1. Japanese food isn’t as expensive as I thought it would be, it’s even cheaper than Perth and so much yummier and better.
  2. Sashimi here is to-die-for.
  3. Japanese people smoke a lot! Everywhere and anywhere. Posh looking restaurants are constantly filled with smoke, I’ve probably inhaled more second hand smoke in these few days than my entire life.
  4. Vending machines are everywhere and so convenient.
  5. Combinis, the 24 hour mini marts in Japan are great, they sell everything and have a fantastic range of food available. I wish they had combinis in Perth.
  6. Japanese toilet seats are amazing, they really have music coming out of them, heated seats, fake flushing sounds and all.

Ok, that’s all for now, I’m not sure whether there will be any internet connection in Tokyo, so until then, sayonara from Osaka!

Words of wisdom from Andy

My brother in law is a really funny and witty person. For the past few days in Japan, he has been amusing us with his deadpan one liners.

Sister: (gazing at a souvenir) this is so pretty!!! should I buy it??

Andy: It is only pretty because you are on holidays.

Sister: (walks out of shop)

Hehehe, Japan is fun!And beautiful, sakuras sakuras and more sakuras everywhere, Jo is going crazy with the pink and white blooms and has resorted to buying all sakura products, I mean literally, sakura pudding, sakura flavoured ice cream, sakura hair pins, sakura scarf ….

She will come back to Perth a walking sakura.

First day in Japan

Actually that was yesterday and it’s now our second day in Osaka Japan.

I am completely in love with Japan, it’s more exciting than I remember, more beautiful and fun, there is something to do and see and eat at every corner, it’s so fun and gorgeous, I can’t believe it.

Yesterday we had 130 yen, around 1 something AUD conveyor belt sushi , it was fabulous, we had melt in the mouth salmon toro and I even tried the scary horsemeat, it was err.. interesting.

Ok ready to head out now, bye!!

I’m in Hongkong!

Jo and I are now in Hongkong! It was a smooth and fantastic flight because I slept all the way, haha.

Now we’re going to head off and meet my parents in the airport before flying off to Osaka, thinking of takoyakis … sushi… and sakuras. Lots and lots of pretty pink and white flowers flying everywhere, let’s hope they haven’t all bloomed and dropped off by now. Never mind, I shall drown my sorrows in sake were that to happen.

Hahahahahaha.

Y(^__________^)Y I think that will be Jo and my signature photo pose throughout the trip, lots and lots of V signs. Ok, parents and eggtarts await, until then, sayonara!


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