Long time, no blog! This post will go up in the past, as though I hadn't failed to write anything for two months. Sorry, I've been busy with, you know, life stuff.
So on arriving in Osaka, and between checking out of my hotel and getting the train on Sunday, I kind of wandered around in that area not doing much. You know those awkward blocks of time - not really enough to go anywhere else and do things, yet too long to do nothing?
So here for your delectation are just some generic photos of Osaka. Luckily, the area I was in is a relatively interesting one where lots of tourists like to go - largely because it's full of shops.
This is a restaurant district, notable for the huge signs in the shape of foodstuffs.
We crossed over a huge crossroads into a shopping district. The tall buildings and enormous billboards give it (to me) a distinctive Japanese feel.
Here we see the importance, even for Japanese people, of learning to correctly use katakana. Simple mistakes can result in meanings quite different from what you intended. I leave the juvenile humour as an exercise for the gentle reader.
I find this building oddly appealing, especially with the deepening twilight. It's also notable for being partly brick, which is really rare.
Normally I find the concrete globs unappealing, but in the lighting conditions here they briefly showed a touch of charm. The red thing is not a spaceship, but apparently some kind of ferris wheel.
When I got back to my hotel, there was a robot. I didn't dare to interact with it. Not sure if it's telepresence (there's some kind of conference going on) or a robotic receptionist.