Our second day in Osaka, we decided we were done with Osaka, and so headed to Nara, a popular tourist spot for Japanese people. We somehow managed to make it up early and head out by 10, tiny Japanese convenience store snacks in hand. The train ride wasn't so bad, and the train was empty so we could really chill and giggle at the Japanese people sneaking peaks at me, or us, I guess either is an enigma.
|The area is wooded and hilly, just the way I like it|
|The station was very simple, and I found that delightful.|
|Some sort of exhibition hall. Everything inside was closed but the bathrooms were perfect for a pre-hot-day-walking-forever prep.|
|Came across these terrors in a little touristy shop|
|The first temple or whatever we came across. I noticed lots of white highlights, challenging what I though earlier about the white on the Osaka castle meaning western influences.|
|Our second mission, after sun screen, was to find Mochi. Great success.|
|Tons of school kids running around in absurdly hot uniforms.|
|The temples in this area were HUGE|
We spent a good hour or two just watching people get chased around by deer and having their shirts chewed on, then headed on to a pretty cool museum. On our way there, we came across some sort of festival in which Japanese people in traditional Polish outfits were on stage playing Mariachi music. I really wish I had taken a video.
|Japan's most mysterious job: Waterer of the Ground. I used to have to do this at my kindergarten. I never got an explanation as to why.|
|Inside the museum, we found Goku.|
|If you've been trying to figure out what a "戈“ or "dagger-axe" is, here's where the character originated from.|
|This sink is a totally self contained washing unit. Even has a dryer on the right.|
|Everything here was massive. It was incredible to think people had built these huge structures hundreds of years ago, and yet they still stood.|
|It doesn't come across in the picture so well, but this statue had highlights on it that made it look utterly surreal.|
We somehow made it back to our hotel, showered, and decided we didn't have enough of the night yet. So, we headed back into downtown Osaka to the most Tokyo-esque area they've got. We wandered around looking for some clubs based off of recommendations from redditors, and ended up at some pretty cool bars.
|It was no Tokyo, but the place was pretty bumpin.|
|We finally found something other than noodles. Edamame and Takoyaki. That some yummy octopus balls, fo real.|
|The last picture I have from the night, taken at a chill bar cafe on the water.|
Helluva day. My feet hated me after.