Bahagia

Jadi temen-temen sekantor lagi pada ngobrolin tahun depan mereka akan berumur berapa. Sebagai catatan, they are waaaaay much younger than me. Like, approximately 10 years difference?

Lalu salah satu dari mereka bilang (yang sebenernya usianya paling deket sama aku dibanding yang lain): “gimana dong aku umurnya udah 25 tahun depan? aku udah mulai keriput ini.” Dan of course, sebagai orang yang mengalami umur 25 di pertengahan 2010an, aku langsung bilang, “Jangan sedih, lihat aku. Kalau kamu merasa tua, lihat aku. Ada yang lebih tua dari kamu. Lol.”

Tapi respon dia agak mengejutkan: “Ya soalnya kan teteh main dan jalan-jalan terus, jadi bahagia.” Yang mana aku ga setuju dong, 2019 buatku lebih sedikit random jalan/liburan dibanding tahun-tahun sebelumnya. My weekend was mostly spent at home juga. Jadi, tiba-tiba. entah kesambet apa, aku langsung bilang:

“Bahagia itu dibikin sendiri, bukan dicari ditungguin dilihat dari orang lain.”

Walaupun ga 100% bener sih, tentu saja kita juga di dunia ini mencari juga alasan buat bahagia. Tapi aku sih merasakan sendiri selama berapa tahun terakhir, bahagia itu alasan munculnya dari dalam diri sendiri. Kalau kita ga merasa mensyukuri dan bahagia even for the simplest thing happened in our life, ya terus siapa yang bisa membuat diri merasa bahagia?

Dan alasan bahagia setiap orang itu selalu berbeda-beda. Ada yang bahagia karena bisa liburan terus, ada yang bahagia karena bisa belajar masak, ada yang bahagia karena dapat ilmu baru lewat kuliah, ada yang bahagia karena time well spent dengan orang-orang terdekat, ada yang bahagia karena mengidolakan seorang idol yang jauh di sana aku di sini dan kau di sana hanya berjumpa via suara (ini sih aku banget hahahaha). Pokoknya, berapa tahun terakhir membuat aku belajar buat mensyukuri banyak hal dan meng-treasure momen kecil sesederhana ngasih makan kucing liar misalnya.

So yeah, I believe, bahagia itu dibikin sendiri.

Japan One Day One City: Higashihiroshima

After a long journey from departing really early from Osaka, exploring Miyajima Island to the city center of Hiroshima, finally I had a slow start for that day. There was no train to catch early in the morning, and the plan was just to exploring the neighborhood and Hiroshima University.

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I think my trip in this city became one of highlight I had from this Japan trip. Because I got to ride a bike an enjoying the Autumn scenery around the campus. Yes, thanks to Maya’s friend, I could borrow her bike and had a delightful bike trip around the neighborhood. The weather was perfect, it wasn’t too cold and not too warm. Also, the neighborhood itself was way more quiet than other city I visited. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is a university area. The sky was also shining brightly with blue sky, although at some part, it became cloudy. bike 1

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We started our day with visiting some place Maya needed to visit, such as bank and a big Daiso. Did I already tell how much I love those 100 yen store that sold almost everything? I already love Korea Daiso, it was my life savior. I could imagine if I had a chance to live in Japan, Daiso and any other 100 yen store would be the place I visited the most. LOL.

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Daiso, bank, whatever you need

Anyway, after that, we had lunch: Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki! Yeaaay! Although I had not tried any proper okonomiyaki in other city, I was told that Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki has slight difference with the regular one. It layered every ingredients, instead mixed it all. We ordered seafood okonomiyaki, and to be honest, the portion for one is quite big. I couldn’t finish it all so I took the rest, who knows I could it at train.

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The okonomiyaki restaurant

After filling my hunger, we went to Hiroshima University. Yeay! It finally felt like autumn because the trees already went red-ish and orange-ish. It was so pretty that I have to stop several times just to took pictures. Maya even called her friend and made him as our photographer lol. I had the time of day, just sitting down with fallen leaves, great weather, took pictures, everything was so pretty and just perfect. It reminds me how I love autumn, and took autumn vibes pictures a lot back then.

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I just simply fell for the colors: 50 shades of autumn

There was another mission I would love to accomplished while in Japan. It’s….. try to eat natto! Hahhahaa. But I’m not pretty sure if I would be able to finish the one that sold in convenience store. Thankfully, in Maya’s department’s cafetaria, there was a tiny portion of natto sold there. So, yeah, I made it. I had my first natto experience. It wasn’t as bad as I imagine, because everyone else’s said that it tasted weird. But well, it’s still eatable. However, I don’t think I would able to eat in bigger portion, though.

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I made it! Natto~

 

Unfortunately, I have to go back to Osaka before night. So after quick nice talk with Maya’s friends (All Indonesian! Gosh, suddenly I miss being student abroad), I bid goodbye to them and took a bus to nearest JR station, and waiting for my shinkansen bound to Osaka. And yay for another sunset view from train! ❤️

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In between Osaka bound

 

Bonus:

It’s not perfect without group pictures or my experimental pictures right?

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The closest I got for group pics lol. Me sat down taking my friends’ picture.

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I love you my babies

 

Japan 1 Day 1 City: Hiroshima

I am really bad at following the schedule and constant rhythms to post my blog. This post has been on my draft for weeks, yet I couldn’t finish it fast. Not to mention that I lost 95% my writing in this post so that I have to start from the beginning. Well, anyway, enough with the rant.

My next stop was Hiroshima. Went there right after my adventure in Miyajima Island finished. I took the same train from Miyajimaguchi Station to city center. Well, basically myhalf day being in center of Hiroshima was filled with bitter story about being fangirl. And I think I’d rather to write it in a different story.

I attempted to visit concert venue, named Ueno Gakuen Hall. Actually Maya never been to that area before, so it was almost new route for both of us. Using JR train, we stopped at Shin-Hakushima Station. However, we took wrong way, so instead walking to Ueno Gakuen Hall, we went to the other way. LOL. Until halfway I checked my google maps, and realized we should have go to other side of the station.

Not your usual train tunnel

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A fun walk before realizing that we should go to other way

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THE Ueno Gakuen Hall, and Taemin was somewhere inside at that time

After I finished my mission on Ueno Gakuen Hall (lol), I continued my journey to the city center. Actually my initial plan was to visit Hiroshima Castle, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and Hiroshima Memorial Park. But because I was behind the schedule, and arrived there almost at sunset time, I skipped the castle and directly went to the park.

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A part of the city center

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One train bus is approaching

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Atomic Bomb Dome

As a sunset enthusiast, the view at that time was enough to fulfill the urge just sit down at the park, enjoying the chilly weather, and enjoy the surrounding. It was really nice because the park also has a lot of place where we can sit down and relax. We sat nearby the dome, took some pictures, and just enjoyed the sunset. The dome itself was one of the memorial that preserved as symbol of peace. As you may know, Hiroshima went through a big and disastrous atomic bomb in 1945, and killed thousand of people and destroyed the whole city. The dome was the only building that left standing nearby the bomb center. After a lot of controversies, the dome was being preserved and designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park was built around the dome years later, and as what I felt that day, it gave nothing but peaceful feeling, living its name as Peace Memorial Park.

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

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A good sunset is a good mood maker

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Sunset chaser

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Couldn’t stop to be mesmerized by the view

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Our memories captured on instax pictures

Me and Maya went to 100 yen store before we heading to dinner. I warned you people, a 100 yen store is really really really dangerous place, especially for your budget. Lol. But anyway, after we got everything that we need from the store, we were moving to our dinner place. So I already begged Maya before if we could have sushi as our dinner, I would love to try that 100 yen (yes, another 100 yen) sushi place. So after do some googling, we took train bus no 6, and went to Sushiro Hiroshima Funairi. The important thing that we forgot was it was Sunday, and the place was packed with families who want to have dinner outside and there was extra long waiting list number. I mean, I was exhausted and hungry, and waiting for 1,5 hours for dinner (although there was seating and a lot gochapon machines), it was not an easy thing to do. So yeah, an hour and a half of waiting, and we finally got our seat. Well, really sorry that I didn’t even think to took any pictures of the food because I was tooooo hungry lol.

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Gachapon machine to keep you away from boredom while waiting the queue

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The conveyor belt of sushiiieesss

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A self service payment machine

Big lesson from this was, food is really important to keep your energy up when you were traveling. Because after that good dinner, I regained my energy and felt happy again. Hahhaa. But since we need to catch the latest bus in Maya’s neighborhood, so after that, we directly went to Hiroshima Station. Again, using tram no 6 (there is another bittersweet story behind this no 6 for me, so yeah, later), to Hiroshima Station, and then took JR Train to Saijo station where Maya’s neighborhood is. And the night was getting really chilly, so arrived at Maya’s apato, which become that night’s sleepover place, was a perfect way to end my journey that day.

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Waiting to depart

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Inside the train bus aka trams

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Outside Saijo Station, while waiting the bus to reach Maya’s apato

 

 

Japan One Day One City: Miyajima

After Osaka, my next destination was Hiroshima and Miyajima. But I will write it on two different post. The reason I visited Hiroshima was to meet my friend who is currently pursuing her study in Hiroshima University. So after took another Shinkansen train from Osaka to Hiroshima, we met at the station, and directly continue our trip to Miyajima. It took about an hour by train, and you have choices in order to reach Miyajima. A local train, or using tram. And after you’ve arrived in Miyajimaguchi Station, you should continue with ferry boat to reach the island. JR Pass can also be used to pay your ferry ride, but it could have long queue if you visit at weekend or peak days. There is also another ferry rides that you can take if you have no problem on paying more and want to cut the waiting time, and it cost 180 yen one way.

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All aboard~

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From Miyajimaguchi to ferry port

The first creatures I encounter right outside Miyajima Island Ferry Port was deer. There was a lot of deer around the port, and usually they are quite tame. The one that wandering around the center were already dehorned, so it is quite safe to interact with them. But if you go deeper on the island, you should be aware with the wilder deer, though. They still have their antler intact with them, and usually more aggressive, especially if you bring food. I got a shocking experience with one in Momijidani Park, when one of them come towards me when I was sitting to change my camera’s battery. It gored me my bag on my lap, and I got panicked and scream. But after I able to saved myself, I saw it once again, and he was just standing there, didn’t understand what happened either. I didn’t know whether he tried to attacked me for food that I didn’t have except a biscuit that has not been opened at all, or he was just trying to interact with me? Lol. But otherwise, it was a shocking experience ever.

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Hi, Little Friend

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This one was quite tame and loved to be my model lol

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Moving to explore the area, we have to pass through some shop streets. It has a classic Japanese shop vibes, mostly restaurant or craft shop. There were a lot of eye and mouth watering food all over the street. And we all know indeed that street food snack is always the best when traveling, right?

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The traditional street where a lot of foods and crafts sold

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The buildings facade

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Loving the traditional vibes

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Fish cake yam yamm

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Oh, how I miss purple goguma

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Anago-don my love

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Who can survives from these food??

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Just the foot though

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Grilled abalone, yummy!

Me and Maya moved on to reach the 5 stories Pagoda and Senjokaku, a wooden hall located in a hill near the old town. It’s a big hall and I don’t know, the combination between blue sky and that rusty wood colors just gave me feels. Loved the atmosphere there. Not to mention that we also able to take a peek of Itsukushima Shrine from height. Decided not to enter the shrine because the line was quite long and I had a packed schedule that day. So naah, I passed. We prefer to hike more to Momijidani Park, who knows that we would met pretty orange and red-ish leaves. But well, instead we encounter that one “nice” deer. Lol.

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Blue sky and the hall

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Another part of Senjokaku

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The entrance of Senjokaku Hall

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Itsukushima Shrine

 

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The queue was like this

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Stroll stroll at Momijidani Park

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The beach area where I took a rest to pray

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Another open space towards the beach area

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Do we need more caption?

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House and house

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Yeap, just walking around is enough to made me calm

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The view 💜

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It doesn’t feel like Japan when you don’t encounter this view

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Guess I couldn’t ignore that I have a thing with residential area

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One you can’t forget if you visit Miyajima, of course it’s Torii Gate that located in water. It was indeed amazing. People who enter Itsukushima Shrine could took a picture with perfect background of the Torii gates right in the middle. But even when I didn’t entered the shrine, along the beach area still a good place to get a picture

 

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Torii Gate from different angle

So that’s the recap of Miyajima Island. It is highly recommended for people to explore the island further instead only staying around the Gates or shrine. I mean, even that areas are already have a great ambience and beautiful scenery. But there are a lot more to explore the island. I think a half day trip wouldn’t be enough to conquer the whole island though. I would love to visit Miyajima in less crowded time, someday.

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A mandatory wefie from street mirror

Japan One Day One Trip: Osaka

Third city that I visited on my Japan trip was Osaka. Although I spent several nights based in Osaka, but I had day trip here and there, but manage to visit some places in that second biggest city in Japan.

It was started by two journey with Shinkansen train. One that connected my from Sendai to Tokyo, which is under Tohoku line. And the other one was Tokaido line that came from Tokyo to Osaka. I didn’t able to got my lunch box in Ekibenya Matsuri, because it was too cramped just to get outside the boarding area. In the end, I bought lunch box from small kiosk but the choice of food was not as much as Ekibenya.

There were some places I visited, although not completely exploring the city. I was kinda fall for Osaka ambience, except when I visited some touristy area at the weekend. Nope, not a good choice if you prefer to be at park where you can have peaceful walk.

1. Osaka Castle

The first destination I visited in Osaka was Osaka Castle. I put my luggage in coin locker available at train station, and then continue to stroll around the big park. Osaka Castle was indeed a very nice place to spent, especially in a good weather. It was bright blue sky, compatibly warmer than Sendai, and I had warm clothes that was not really match Osaka’s weather. But I had a lot of fun, from strolling walking around the park, meet some people who brings their animal, such as guinea pigs, dog, and eagle, took some nice pictures. there were a lot of tourists. I think there were also some sport event by the time I was there, because I saw some people running in sport attire with numbers. Oh, and you can actually enter the observatory room at the upper floor of the castle. But I chose to spent my time at the open space. The park was enormously big, so if you plan to explore the whole park, you probably need hours to be able enjoy the park.

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大阪城公園駅, or in normal language, Osaka Castle Park Station

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Surrounded by Skyscrappers

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Bike line around Osakajokoen Station

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If you don’t want to walk, you can always have a train ride

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The perfect combination between trees, sky, and river

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Autumn Ginko Trees

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The magnificent Osaka Castle

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Walk walk through the bridge

They are also enjoying the park

2. Shinsekai

My hostel calle Home Hostel was located in Shinsekai area. You can found a lot of restaurant there, and also visit one of iconic tower of Osaka, named Tsutenkaku Tower. There was also a big zoo nearby, so if you lucky enough, when you walking through the area you could actually hear elephant or tiger. It was packed on weekend, not only with tourist but also with local. But bearable on weekdays. There were also a lot of gashapon machine around the area, and it was quite interesting especially if you found gashapon with your favorite anime/game character, because 100% you would get something not like those claw machine games. The restaurant was varied from sushi, takoyaki, okonomiyaki, oden, or kushikatsu. Some opened even until morning.

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Welcome to Shinsekai

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Tsutenkaku Tower at night

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Can you guess what kind of meal you can have from here?

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Night night

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Choose you fighter dinner

3. Dotounburi

I was told that Dotounburi is that place you have to visit in downtown Osaka, because of that gigantic Don Quijote and the iconic Glico’s running man sign, as well as many shops actually there. But well, back again, if you are planning to have a laid back walking, maybe you won’t be too happy with this area, because it was too crowded. Mostly tourist visited Dotounburi for food and shopping. But on the bright side, it also has riverside so I was able to avoid the crowded road. LOL.

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Dotounburi riverside, a nice detour if you want to avoid the crown at main street

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crab crab chop chop

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The entrance

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Saw this ads and my inner otaku alerted: KENSHIN HIMURA!

4. Namba

I walked from Dotounburi to Namba in order to reach the closest JR Station. Remember, the JR Pass can be used anywhere in any city, as long as you took JR operated transportation. There was not much I could write from this area, since I literally just pass through it. But at that moment, I saw people who still using bicycle even at night, and realized, bike is definitely a nice culture there in Japan. Other than that, I know that it is also considered as the commercial district in Osaka.

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Wide pedestrian and bike line makes me fluttered

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An alley around the district

5. Umeda – Osaka Station

Osaka station is located in Umeda district, and as it is one of main station in the city, it automatically become another famous and important district. It surrounded by several big shopping/commercial complex, had it’s own charming of city lights, elevated pedestrian way, busy people crossing the intersection, and many more. There was also a famous landmark of the city, HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel. Not the biggest one in the city, but it’s located right after one of the shopping complex.

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One red Hep Five ferris wheel

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Waiting to cross the street

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Walking after work

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But of course, there is always one little pretty shop you can find even at the busiest place

6. Nakanoshima Park and Tennoji Park

I usually spent my night time by exploring park, because I spent my day time in another city. There were two parks I visited: Nakanoshima Park and Tennoji Park. Both has their own charm, like Nakanoshima Park which act as a waterfront park between two rivers: Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers has this serenity vibe. Meanwhile Tennoji Park is more like active park, with sport area, cafe, hostel, and bus station.

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The landmark building in the Nakanoshima park: Osaka City Central Public Hall

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People from work walking in Nakanoshima Park

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I spent quiet time staring at the river

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Illumination trees in Tennoji Park

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Tsutenkaku Tower also could easily visible from the park

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Yes you saw it right, the legendary Captain Tsubasa has its stadium in Tennoji Park


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Personally, I kinda regret that I didn’t spent more time in Osaka. I intentionally missed Universal Studio because well, I didn’t want to spend awkward solo moment in amusement park lol. But beside that, I think Osaka does have it’s own charm and probably a nice city to be explored a lot more. I am pretty sure it has more attractive hidden gem and beauty. Exploring off beat destination would also really fun. It probably not as busy as Tokyo, but still as metropolitan city in the country, there’s many reason why people came here, either for business, holiday, or even studying. Wish I would have another encounter with Osaka later in the future.

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Woops, that’s me trying to get good pictures from my phone