Our week long stay in Tokyo was coming to an end as we spent the first half of the day wandering around Harajuku. Little did we know a typhoon was brewing in Japan as we packed our bags to head down to Osaka! We caught a glimpse of the news showing footage of extreme flooding and damage from fallen trees in various areas of Japan. At most we had experienced slight dampness making our transport a bit inconvenient with our heavy luggage. It was a bitch of a 10 minute walk from the hotel to the JR station pulling 100lbs with both arms carrying bags AND an umbrella -_-
September 20, 2011 – Day 8 in Japan
Our morning plan was to grab breakfast at Eggs & Things in Harajuku. Sadly My & Robyn had no recollection of the exact location of the restaurant. Wandering lost in the small alleyway streets of Harajuku, we ran into 3 cute guys to help us on our quest. One guy was even kind enough to walk with us, but we still didn’t find the place. Then out of the blue, Sebastian and Mika of 6%dokidoki happen to be casually walking by! Hello friends! They were on their way to lunch so we joined them for delicious feast of ginger pork and fried chicken!
After lunch we went to visit Yuka at the 6%dokidoki shop. Can you believe it was my first time in the shop? I was never able to find it from previous trips. I know I know…*hangs head in shame*
So there’s the shop. See? It’s kinda easy to miss if you don’t look up! The shops are very small in Japan and are located on various floors and basements! So if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you might just walk by it!
Best brand name ever.
Add this to my “favorites” list of brands! Stay Real!
Do the Bo Peep Bo Peep dance! Bet you can’t do it better than this little boy!
This would make an excellent soap opera.
That’s my stash. Good lord. I shipped off 2 bags to the airport for storage leaving only 2 luggages to lug with me to Osaka. Not so bad right? Ugh. This was the part that I stressed most over. Going from Tokyo to Osaka meant traveling on the shinkansen (bullet train) which was great. It’s fun, fast, and you can sleep for a few hours. The part I dreaded was physically dragging my suitcases through the crowded stations up & down the stairs (if there are no elevators) and getting on & off the trains in a quick manner. That is the part I hate most about traveling in Japan. I shop way too much and its hard for me to maneuver and carry over 100lbs. During our journey up the crowded stairs, My’s suitcase decided to break. Oh man we experienced a bit of a low point there. No one to help during rush hour. All you can do is just take a deep breath, pick up your suitcase and continue on! What else can you do right? Suffer and hate life for a few hours, come home with amazing stuff. Materialism wins! Btw, everyone needs to invest in a 360degree rolling suitcase. It significantly lightens your burden by at least 50%.
In the JR station we kept getting side tracked by food. Hey! We had to be on the lookout for something yummy to eat for the long train ride ;D
I bought one of these sweet corn dog cakes…and never got to eat it T_T
3 & 1/2 hours later we checked into the Fraser Residence Nankai in Osaka. Swanky business hotel with a separate living room and kitchen and free wi-fi!!! We had to sneak Robyn in though, which was rather hard since we were obvious looking foreigners. Eh, we still did it. Rebels.
We explored the area a bit and discovered a lot of arcades nearby. We walked through Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori which was full of shopping & food. Mostly everything was closed though. We took refuge at Family Mart a bit as it started drizzling again.