Posts Tagged With: Osaka

The Grass is Always Greener

Life in the Middle Kingdom

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I left Beijing this summer needing a breath of fresh air. By the end of HBA, I had begun to feel a bit disenchanted with the place: the constant pollution, traffic jams, impatience with foreigners etc. Dealing with the suicide of one of my closest friends threw me into a state of dejection. I was lucky enough to have friends near and far offer their condolences through emails, letters and hugs. It drew me closer to people I didn’t even know before. Yet, it was hard for me to find importance in anything around me after losing someone who taught me how meaningful life could be. I was drained and I needed to get out.

Luckily, my month away from Beijing refreshed me. I was able to teach in rural China for a week, see Shanghai and explore Suzhou. I traveled Japan on an unlimited rail pass for a week…

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Doutonbori in Osaka Namba! First Day Out!

Tripping and Traveling

So, for our first real day out to explore Japan, we ended up going to Osaka’s Namba area, which is full of shopping and delicious things to eat.  We spent the day wandering around, taking photos, and feasting our eyes (and stomachs) on all that Osaka had to offer.ImageImage

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Osaka

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With a population of 2.5 million, Osaka is Japan’s third largest and second most important city. It was the last city that we visited as we flew out from Kansai Airport to Taipei.   Osaka is a big, busy, bustling city, with lots of transportation options. Getting around in Osaka can be challenging at times, given the multitude of train stations (some with very similar names!), and the twisty, turny little streets that veer off the main boulevards. Thank goodness to our JR pass, it made  our trip in Osaka so much easier..

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