Today was definitely a better day! Yesterday was a bit rough exploring Japan in the rain. We all went to bed super early too, I slept at 9pm and now I'm all caught up on my sleep! Woke up super early with full of energy. Gina was already out of the house on her run, Dook and I decided to go out for a run too. It was a beautiful cold morning for a run. I'm surprised my run went very well because I'm not active in the AM. Managed to do 2 miles though, Dook hurt his foot during the run. Today was a brighter day, literally. No rain, sun shine with some clouds. We went to the Osaka Aquarium to check out the Whale Shark! Saw some giant sting rays and weird fishes. It was like a circle maze. Once you walk in you start your walk down ward in a spiral, so many tourist though, a lot of Chinese tourist. At the top it gets hectic, grip of folks all up in the way. and the further you go down the less people, and you still get to see the thing as the first floor. The fear of missing out kept the people fighting for spots for a closer look, but if you ever visit, just continue downward, but take your time, I don't want you to miss out haha.
After the aquarium we went to a little shopping center that is located right outside of it. We worked up an appetite from all that walking and had lunch at one of the restaurant inside. We picked an all you can eat Tempura joint, that was really fun! It wasn't that great to my taste, it wasn't bad, but definitely fun. It cost about 2,280 Yen which is $22 USD. After lunch we did a little shopping. This time I didn't shop for myself. I actually bought gifts for people back home. There was a street performer right outside, juggled fire, he was very funny and entertaining. We couldn't understand what he was saying since he was speaking Japanese but comedy is a universal language, shit us laugh.
Gave the performer some money and we moved on, to the OSAKA CASTLE!!!! I never even heard of it!! Shit was soo cool!!!! A real fucking castle where the Emperor and Samurais once lived. You see, I'm a huge fan of Japanese Culture, especially the Samurai's. I remember I struggled in class and in this case history class. Nothing really caught my attention till my teacher taught up about Samurais and Ninjas and shit. So being there was fucking dope! It was so beautiful, I even walked all 7 floors (did not take elevators like them lazy folks there) and walked through all floors. Each floor had the history of the place and Samurais. And I think the 5th floor had all the Samurai's gears and weapon. Shit was cool! Too bad photos was not allowed, didn't take any. But we did take some photos on the top floor, with the nice view of Osaka. Standing there looking out I was imagining what it was like to be a Samurai. Watching for enemies and danger from a far. Damn that shit was tight haha. I'm trying my best to express how I felt through writing but I can't even express with my emotion. Let's just say the kid in my was jumping for joy. I highly recommend the Osaka Castle.
OH, side note. I know I mentioned the girls in Osaka are really cute. Something about them is different than the girls in Tokyo, not sure what though. I also noticed in Osaka everyone talks on the train, in Tokyo everyone is quiet and staring at their phone mostly. And on the escalator everyone stands on the right instead of the left for others to pass if they are in a hurry. Random thoughts.
After our electronics charged up and we rested a bit we're back on the road. Headed over to Dotonbori for that running man image, you'll see what I mean soon enough. I don't know the meaning behind it or what it's so popular but the poses people do in front of it is comedy. I got a couple of shots of it. Somewhere in Dotonbori was there's a whole roll of host bars. If you don't know what a host bar is, it's where you go to a bar and pay for men or women to keep you company while you drink and socialize. Dotonbori was extremely busy, packed with people. One thing sketches me out is men in suits around the area, not sure if they are regular men or Gangsters. Assuming with a business like Host bars and exotices cars in the garage where I can't take pics even take pics of an a man in a suit who look to be proving security for the cars made me feel like the owners of these cars could belong to gangsters. There was a lexus with a wild VIP kit I wanted to take a pic of but they kicked me out before I could. We went to Dotonbori in search of Kobe Beef but the restaurant was already closed. We walked around and ate some street food to keep us fueled up and not hangry haha.