The first thing I did when I reached Osaka, was to .. smell it.
Yes, smell it.
It was an exciting blend of freshly stirred street food and possibly the carbon monoxide emitted by road mobiles, and humans, maybe. Variety of odors wrapped into one welcome. Ah, so exciting!
True enough, within seconds of walking towards our hostel we stumbled upon a lively okamayaki marketplace with loud yells, clinks and laughs. And then it hit me, "I'm, in, Osaka".
Which according to most of my friends: THE LAND OF AMAZING FOOD.
My first impression of Osaka, was that -- this city seemed like the more human of a city between the four! Don't get me wrong, Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima were exceptionally lovely, to the point they almost seemed flawless? but Osaka, seemed intoxicating, exciting, colorful, flamboyant just like the multifaceted human. Or maybe it was that district I stayed in. To know about the airbnb place I stayed in Osaka, please read here.
Japanese have got to be some of the kindest people in the world. When we first reached the station, we weren't sure whether we're heading to the right direction, after a streak of kindness bestowed upon us throughout our trip in Japan, it was only natural to (completely) trust them -- but seeing a formidable old drunkard who just peed on the wall approaching the dazed and confused us seemed like a red flag, but GUESS WHAT.
That bro asked us, "Can I help you find your place?" -- while trying hard to keep his balance.
We weren't sure whether we should take the chance, but the thought that even after drinking so much and having lost all his balance -- that he'd still have the heart to help people?
I'm just gonna take it there and truly believe that Japanese are some of the nicest people in the world!
^The legendary okamiyaki that drove me up the wall. IT WAS SO GOOD.
We reached Osaka in the evening and I had already planned to meetup with Yoshiko :) I met Yoshiko when I was having breakfast in Kandy, Sri Lanka, as we both stayed at Gerald's place. Good food and good people are the best combination EVER. In that one breakfast seating of delicious curry and rice for breakfast, we exchanged stories about government and politics and how amazing our host Gerald was. I told her we're going to Japan next and that keeping in touch was in order :)
She's such a ball of energy. And THANK YOU so much, for treating us the loveliest dinner I've had in Japan. Because of you, I miss avocado fish salad everyday.
Please come and visit me in Kota Kinabalu Sabah!
Reached home pretty late after dinner so I decided to pass out after bathing because we've got one MEGA important day the next day - UNIVERSAL STUDIOS!!
Obviously, I'm a child. Obviously.
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.