What's Jappaning Now Pt. 3 (Osaka Castle)

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. 

Am run with my brother Dook. 

Am run with my brother Dook. 

KKK

KKK

For the kids to play on at the park. 

For the kids to play on at the park. 

Local OGs playing, what is this? Polo?

Local OGs playing, what is this? Polo?

Taking random shots during my run. 

Taking random shots during my run. 

Spotted this Honda s660 at a Honda building. Not sure if it was service shop or a dealership, maybe both. 

Spotted this Honda s660 at a Honda building. Not sure if it was service shop or a dealership, maybe both. 

Train station, catching a train to the Osaka Aquarium. 

Train station, catching a train to the Osaka Aquarium. 

Father daughter. 

Father daughter. 

Did you guys know I love penguins? I do. 

Did you guys know I love penguins? I do. 

I was super excited to see a Whale Shark in person. 

I was super excited to see a Whale Shark in person. 

Um, I don't think this is a normal behavior. 

Um, I don't think this is a normal behavior. 

Am I the only one who gets hungry while staring at these crabs?

Am I the only one who gets hungry while staring at these crabs?

Is is the spot I was telling you about earlier, all you can eat for lunch. 

Is is the spot I was telling you about earlier, all you can eat for lunch. 

All you can eat!!!!

All you can eat!!!!

By the way, the seats at this restaurants serves as a storage box as well. For you belongings such as purse, back packs, or jackets. Just left the cushion and place them inside. 

By the way, the seats at this restaurants serves as a storage box as well. For you belongings such as purse, back packs, or jackets. Just left the cushion and place them inside. 

Love that he's keeping it Asian with the chop sticks here. 

Love that he's keeping it Asian with the chop sticks here. 

They have a mini Legoland inside the mall.

They have a mini Legoland inside the mall.

Subway in Japan, look what's on that image! 

Subway in Japan, look what's on that image! 

One of the food court. 

One of the food court. 

Yo! This kid just threw a ninja star in to the bulls eye!!!!! He has one in his hand if you don't know what's going on right now. Soooooo Japanese ! I love it! 

Yo! This kid just threw a ninja star in to the bulls eye!!!!! He has one in his hand if you don't know what's going on right now. Soooooo Japanese ! I love it! 

Japanese candy be looking so cute you don't even want to eat it. 

Japanese candy be looking so cute you don't even want to eat it. 

Walking out of the mall and aquarium and to the train station we go! Osaka Castle here we come!!

Walking out of the mall and aquarium and to the train station we go! Osaka Castle here we come!!

There's an easier way to the castle and not up these stairs by the way. I can't explain it but you'll soon find out if ya'll ever get to go to Osaka. 

There's an easier way to the castle and not up these stairs by the way. I can't explain it but you'll soon find out if ya'll ever get to go to Osaka. 

Yo Gina is crazy for this, does make a dope photos though. 

Yo Gina is crazy for this, does make a dope photos though. 

At the top of the Castle with this view I imagine myself as a Samurai looking out for danger haha. 

At the top of the Castle with this view I imagine myself as a Samurai looking out for danger haha. 

Right outside of the Castle there's a green tea everything joint. Dook got a Green Tea ice cream and Gina got Green Tea Bun. 

Right outside of the Castle there's a green tea everything joint. Dook got a Green Tea ice cream and Gina got Green Tea Bun. 

You know your crew is tight when ya'll wear the same style clothes and rock the same air due. Gang gang gang. 

You know your crew is tight when ya'll wear the same style clothes and rock the same air due. Gang gang gang. 

Sorry for this creeper shot but I wanted to show you how some of the young Japanese girls dresses. Taking the train back home to rest a bit and charge our electronics. 

Sorry for this creeper shot but I wanted to show you how some of the young Japanese girls dresses. Taking the train back home to rest a bit and charge our electronics. 

Japanese Cheetos!!!!!

Japanese Cheetos!!!!!

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. 

Catching the train to Dotonbori. 

Catching the train to Dotonbori. 

There was alot of girls dressed in old school fancy attire and the boys were all in suits. 

There was alot of girls dressed in old school fancy attire and the boys were all in suits. 

Everybody is crazy for Starbucks, I couldn't believe there were so many waiting to get Starbucks coffee. 

Everybody is crazy for Starbucks, I couldn't believe there were so many waiting to get Starbucks coffee. 

That running man in the back, whats the hype about this!? And The people posing in front it looked funny haha. 

That running man in the back, whats the hype about this!? And The people posing in front it looked funny haha. 

See!? Shit is funny!

See!? Shit is funny!

Very busy. 

Very busy. 

I tried my best to take pictures of these exotics without getting caught. 

I tried my best to take pictures of these exotics without getting caught. 

Lambos and Ferraris. 

Lambos and Ferraris. 

Long line for these cream puffs. 

Long line for these cream puffs. 

The steak house we wanted to eat at was closed so I grabbed some Octopus from the street food to hold me down till we find a spot to actually eat a meal. 

The steak house we wanted to eat at was closed so I grabbed some Octopus from the street food to hold me down till we find a spot to actually eat a meal. 

We found out about a great Ramen joint called Ichiran and decided to go till we saw this line. DAMNIT!! We moved on and found a smaller Ramen joint. We didn' t get to eat Kobe beef but we had Kobe Beef Ramen! Forgot the name, forgot to take photos of the outside but its just down the street from Ichiran. 

We found out about a great Ramen joint called Ichiran and decided to go till we saw this line. DAMNIT!! We moved on and found a smaller Ramen joint. We didn' t get to eat Kobe beef but we had Kobe Beef Ramen! Forgot the name, forgot to take photos of the outside but its just down the street from Ichiran. 

Inside the Kobe Beef Ramen joint. 

Inside the Kobe Beef Ramen joint. 

Their Spicy Miso amen was not so spicy, but it added flavor to it though. 

Their Spicy Miso amen was not so spicy, but it added flavor to it though. 

My Kobe Beef Ramen broth was kinda bland, but with the beef and noodles you'll have more flavor from the beef. Pretty good but not the best. 

My Kobe Beef Ramen broth was kinda bland, but with the beef and noodles you'll have more flavor from the beef. Pretty good but not the best. 

Okay I was really quick to pull out my phone to take a pic of cars but too slow to do it for pretty girls. 

Okay I was really quick to pull out my phone to take a pic of cars but too slow to do it for pretty girls.