An Unexpected Stop in Osaka

11 May 2015


Osaka, Japan

While walking the streets of Taipei I ran into a young man named Yuki. The first time I bumped into him was just a random incident but the second time had to be fate, right?

We added each other on Facebook and began chatting while I continued traveling. A week after meeting him I was in Japan with an extremely open itinerary and over two weeks to pass before I was to leave the country. So when he messaged me and offered to let me stay with him in Osaka for a couple days I bought a train ticket and headed on down from Tokyo.

Osaka, Japan
The view of Osaka from the castle
"I'm skipping class right now." Yuki said as we headed out on our first day of seeing the city.

"Oh, man I'm sorry. What class are you skipping?"

"English."

"Ah, well, that's ok then because you're practicing your English with me right now!"

Yuki laughed and agreed. We started our day with piles of fried "comfort food" at a food stall then made our way over to Osaka castle.

Osaka, Japan

The castle is about 500 years old which doesn't make it the oldest castle in the country but it's still historically significant as it played a major role in the unification of Japan by the samurai Oda Nobunaga.

Osaka, Japan


After walking the gardens of the palace we wandered over to some more food stalls and had a local treat: takoyaki.

I don't know why I was surprised the first time I bit into one of these little savory pancake balls. The word tako means octopus yet I wasn't expecting actual chunks of tentacles to be in my mouth. After getting over the odd texture it was pretty good.

Osaka, Japan
Osaka, Japan

As evening approached we made our way over to the Namba district. This is considered to be the downtown of Osaka.

At night time it is nothing but neon and the lights reflect on the Dotonbori canals giving even more of a glow to the city. Of course, I had to get pictures of the Glico man, considered to be the unofficial icon of Osaka.

Osaka, Japan
Osaka, Japan

Have you ever made an unexpected travel stop?

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2 comments

  1. It's great that you bumped into a a familiar face. It's good to have someone to talk to while travelling. I didn't know takoyaki balls could be so big. Usually when I buy them, they are small and served on skewers.

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    1. Yes, Yuki was a great companion and has become a lifelong friend! I wouldn't have gone to Osaka if it wasn't for him!

      And agreed, I believe takoyaki is usually not that big haha!

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