Beef, deer and okonomiyaki!

Hi from Tokyo!! I’m going to go back in time to earlier in my trip, when Pete and I left Kyoto to visit Kobe, Nara, and Osaka! All wonderful experiences, but very different from the peaceful Kyoto!

We stayed only one night in Kobe, but it was quite a night. The beef was worth the money we forked up for it.

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Here are our happy faces after we ate the most amazing beef ever.

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Then, we went to the perfect after-amazing-meal relaxant – an onsen. It was called Arima-onsen, in a town devoted to onsens! Onsens are public natural hot spring bath houses. Here’s the only picture we could take since everyone was naked… The springs from which the baths sprung!

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Nara was quite wonderful because of the deer. No, we did not eat deer… We pet them!

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The second picture is me trying to feed the baby deer a cracker and failing because the big deer are so greedy! I never thought I would be nibbled on and chased by a group of deer!

We also visited the temple that contains the biggest Buddah statue on earth! (I am assuming there are bigger ones in space.) I can’t recall the name of the temple.

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This is us in front of it, though you can’t see it!

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Next was Osaka. Our first stop was the Osaka-Jo castle! We didn’t go in, but it’s beautiful enough from the outside. It’s surrounded by water.

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Then we met up with Pete’s friend Julie, who lives in Osaka, and went to the Uneda Sky Building. It was beautiful from the top!
Here’s the way up:

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It was also windy…

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We didn’t take any pictures with Julie but you can see her here with the food! Well.. It’s mostly the food. Okonomiyaki… So good.

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This kani (crab) restaurant in Osaka is pretty famous! I had kani nigiri.

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The view from the restaurant was pretty cool… A famous river in Osaka!

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That’s the end of the first half of our trip, in the Kansai area of Japan! Next blog will be all Tokyo. Going home in a couple days! I will miss this amazing country.
Thanks for reading!
Arigato gozaimashita!!!

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