Osaka Aquarium and Dotonbori
Today I really didn’t have any major plans, so we just decided that we would stay around the Osaka area. We also decided that we didn’t want to do an extreme amount of walking (especially after trying to hike Mt. Inari in a kimono yesterday, haha). In the end we decided to go to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is a really famous aquarium, and Dotonbori, which is a really famous shopping area (and has some really good chocolate).
Unfortunately Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan was extremely crowded, but that’s what happens when you decide to go during golden week. What makes it harder is that I’m so short, so it was hard for me to see some of the exhibits, however, I patiently waited my turn for a chance to go up front, and for the most part I got to see everything. The aquarium is absolutely huge. If I remember correctly, it had seven floors worth of exhibits. One area in particular had a REALLY big tank, and a few of the fish in there had to be at least twice the length of me. They probably could have eaten me whole if they wanted. We also got to see the staff feed the Dolphins and they had an exhibit where we could pet some of the sharks and stingrays.
After that we got lunch at a nearby shopping mall and then went to Dotonbori. Dotonbori is a big shopping street. It consists of mostly food shops, but also has game centers, karaoke, clothing stores, and general markets. Personally, I’m not the kind of person that loves to try new foods. I eat because it is required to live, not because it’s something I particularly enjoy. I can go to karaoke, bowling, or clothes shopping back in Tokyo, and as I just explained I wasn’t overly interested in any of the food, so I didn’t spend much time at Dotonbori.
In the evening, my friend’s family treated me to dinner. As usual, I struggled to follow what was being said, but I could usually get the topics of conversation, and if I couldn’t understand, my friend would translate for me, so it ended up being a really enjoyable evening.
Today wasn’t as busy as the past few days have been, but it was nice to have a slower pace for the day. Tomorrow my friend is returning home because Rikkyo has class, but I’m skipping class and heading to Nara. It’s gonna be another busy day.