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Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Posted by in Food, Osaka on 01. Sep, 2012 @ 8:06 pm | Comments Off

Excellent Hamburg and Steak in Osaka

Had some delicous steak in the Kitashinchi area of Osaka a while ago after I saw it introduced on a Japanese TV show. If you’re looking for an awesome lunch in Osaka check it out. You can walk to Kitashichi from Umeda station (closest to Nishi-Umeda) in about 15 or 20 minutes, but there is [...]

Umeda Sky Building

Posted by in Osaka, Travel on 20. Aug, 2012 @ 9:50 pm | Comments Off

Umeda Sky Building

Looking for something touristy to do in Osaka? Consider a visit to the observation deck on Umeda Sky Building! The views are pretty spectacular, and it’s conveniently located near Umeda station. Admission is not too expensive either! The Japanese name is 空中庭園 which means “sky garden,” but most people will understand if you say Sky [...]

Burning Characters into the Mountains – Daimonji

Posted by in Culture, Kyoto, Travel on 17. Aug, 2012 @ 4:19 pm | Comments Off

Burning Characters into the Mountains – Daimonji

I had the opportunity to witness Daimonji yesterday with some friends. We all met on a friend’s balcony in Sanjyo. Pretty spectacular view! The wikipedia entry on Daimonji, officially called gozan no okuribito, does a better job of explaning the event than I could ever attempt. So read it. At the most basic level daimonji [...]

Tourism in Osaka – Doutonbori River Cruise

Posted by in Osaka, Travel on 12. Aug, 2012 @ 2:25 pm | 1 Comment

Tourism in Osaka – Doutonbori River Cruise

Ever wanted to take a 20-minute cruise down Doutonbori river in Osaka? I lived in Osaka for about 4 years and didn’t… but I tried it yesterday! My parents are in town visiting so I was desperate to find easy touristy things for them to do. My mom would be happy just walking around a [...]

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Posted by in Culture, History, Music on 07. Aug, 2012 @ 9:31 am | 1 Comment

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Some of my friends gave us a gift to congratulate us on our new baby! It plays music! Watch the video below to hear the song. It actually plays much longer but I just gave it a little tug to make the video. This is a traditional Japanese song for 6th grade elementary school kids [...]

Japanese Craft Beer in Osaka – QBrick

Posted by in Food, Osaka on 24. Jul, 2012 @ 4:57 pm | 2 Comments

Japanese Craft Beer in Osaka – QBrick

I have a sudden interest in Japanese craft beers. I’m no expert, but I like beer. Japan has already made an international name for itself with Japanese whiskey, and now it seems that Japanese beer is also getting some attention. One of my friends in Shanghai mentioned that Japanese craft beer is pretty amazing, and [...]

Kasagumo – Umbrella Cloud

Posted by in Culture, Language on 21. Jul, 2012 @ 2:48 pm | Comments Off

Kasagumo – Umbrella Cloud

New words! More culture! I recently learned the word “kasagumo.” I think I first heard it when I was visiting a Japanese art museum with a friend (@guideyu) and she was surprised I didn’t know the term. It bothers me when Japanese phrases come up in everyday conversation that I don’t recognize… so I looked [...]

A Visit to Pearl Harbor

Posted by in Travel on 02. Apr, 2012 @ 6:45 pm | Comments Off

A Visit to Pearl Harbor

I visited Pearl Harbor during my trip to Hawaii in March. Some photos are below. You can all Google “Pearl Harbor” and read up on the events that took place just as well as anyone, so I’ll spare you the basic history lesson. The Pearl Harbor site is a well run tourist destination and is [...]

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