Friday, July 28, 2006
japan: day three and four
Let’s see, what have I been doing in Osaka so far? The first day, I went to this mall called Hep-Five. Omg, what an experience! There were absolutely no old people at the mall... just a bunch of crazy-fashion young kids. Oh, and the place was freaking huge, it had like ten floors or something! Sure, there is some really cheap stuff here, but most of the clothes I saw were pretty expensive. There’s a Virgin Mega Store there... I got the Japanese version of Sigur Rós’ Sæglópur EP for about $15... I was pretty happy about that, but damn, most of the CDs there are soooooo expensive!!! I also went to a shopping arcade at Shinsaibashi. That place was amazing! There were like billboards/advertisements everywhere and again, thousands of shops and foodstands. I got a black blazer and a pair of red Converse All Star, the former was $19 and the latter was $28. I know, I still can’t believe that I got a blazer for $19!!!!!!! So I eventually wonder out of the shopping arcade and started walking around the side streets, etc., where there were more stores and I even found an American Apparel! I got majorly lost and I actually got some guy at a store to draw me a map on how to get to the nearest station. I did not understand his directions at all, but lucky, I ran into a train station shortly after.
The second day (yesterday), I went to Uemachi Daichi Historical Site Promenade near the Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka station. That place was gorgeous! There were so many temples and cemeteries. It felt really good because the area was extremely quiet, and I think I was the only tourist there. I talked to this monk for a little at one temple, he was extremely nice... he asked me what I was from, what I was talking in school, etc. Anyways, after that, I hopped back onto the train and went to Den-Den Town. Den-Den Town is this area full of electronic, used CDs and DVDs, Manga, toys, and random porno stores. Liam, I will probably be able to find your CDs here for cheaper, but I forgot the list at home that day. Don’t worry, I am hitting up Tokyo soon... I am sure there’ll be used CD stores there, and if not, I am planning to go back to Den-Den Town later, so I’ll get them then. So again, I got pretty lost there and ended up asking for directions at a police station. Anyways, I think that’s about up to date on my adventures in Japan, see you kids later!
Ps, I am soooooooo missing diet Pepsi right now... apparently, it doesn’t exist in Japan... WTF!!?!?
go here to see more pictures from Osaka