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Visa applications at the Indian consulate.
Finally, some warmth and sunshine - WONDERFUL! I was happy to shed that fleece for once.

Today's first mission: secure our visas for India. The Indian consulate in Osaka is open for just a couple hours each morning, and we were the first to arrive at exactly 9:30. The was a lengthy application on which we had to list references (Mike, if you get a call please vouch for me!)

The fee was higher than we anticipated, and we didn't have enough cash. I had to run out to a machine (again! I was just there yesterday...). This involved visits to four machines (and requesting translation help at one of them that didn't have an English button) until I found one that worked with my card. Scary business, all this running around, since I don't exactly have an innate sense of direction, and I wasn't carrying a map.
Building in Den Den town.
But I didn't get lost, we paid the fee, and were told to come back to pick up our passports next Thursday -- the day before we leave! That is cutting it a little close.

From there, I went to Do! Fitness Club for a work out. The whole place was hot as a Bikram studio. I lasted almost 60 minutes there, then met up with Steve, who had been out shopping at Patagonia.

Lunch in the room, then Steve had some work to do. So I decided to do a walking tour on my own, and set off to the south, towards Tennoji.

When I explore on my own, I don't just do a quick review of the map then put it away and head off in the general direction. I would get completely lost that way. So I clutch the map in my hand and follow along with my finger for the entire route, rechecking the map at every intersection.
Den Den area of Osaka, where electronics in every form are sold.
Of course I also have a huge camera slung over my shoulder. What a tourist!

My route took me through Den-Den Town, which is one electronics store after another for what seems like miles. I did not stop to shop. From there I cut over to my final destination: the Shitennoji Temple, which is the oldest temple in Japan (founded in 593). Like many of the temples, it has been destroyed by fire many times. The oldest structure left standing is the stone gate built in 1294. 

I strolled around the area and was so amused by the turtle pond and all the little dogs wearing coats out for walks that I was late for the Japanese garden. Last entry was at 4pm and I missed it by one minute! Hopefully my ticket will work on another day.

On the way home I walked up Matsuyamachi-Suji Avenue, remarkable in the number of motorcycle shops -- and shrines -- found there.
Shitennoji Temple entrance.
On my map 16 shrines were shown. They were all closed, but I was able to peek through the gate to see inside many of them. The light was beautiful, cherry blossoms prevalent, and I stole a few pictures.

I ruined my perfect record for the day by overshooting my turn on the way home, walking considerably farther north than I had to. But I eventually got back to the hotel. Whew!

Steve was ready to take a break from working, so we decided to have dinner in our neighborhood. Why is it that when we are looking for okonomiyaki, we see sushi restaurants everywhere, and we are looking for sushi, all we find are okonomiyaki places?! We ended up at Gen Roku Sushi again - this time only 9 plates. I am a little tired of rice... all the food I eat here is either white or tan. My body is wondering what is going on - where's the green stuff??! Send down some broccoli! Brussels sprouts!  Tomorrow's mission is to eat some real vegetables. I may have to cook them myself in the coffee pot in our room!
cmgervais says:
Yeah, unfortunately the Indian Consulate has had our passports for the past 8 days... Hopefully we will get them today (complete with India visas...).
Posted on: Apr 09, 2008
abuglio says:
Ah Den Den town...no tax if you show your passport!
Posted on: Apr 09, 2008
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Visa applications at the Indian co…
Visa applications at the Indian c…
Building in Den Den town.
Building in Den Den town.
Den Den area of Osaka, where elect…
Den Den area of Osaka, where elec…
Shitennoji Temple entrance.
Shitennoji Temple entrance.
Shitennoji Temple.
Shitennoji Temple.
Shitennoji Temple.
Shitennoji Temple.
Shitennoji Temple area.
Shitennoji Temple area.
Dogs in costs at Shitennoji Temple…
Dogs in costs at Shitennoji Templ…
Dogs in costs at Shitennoji Temple…
Dogs in costs at Shitennoji Templ…
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Turtle pile up. Shitennoji Temple …
Turtle pile up. Shitennoji Temple…
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Turtle pond at Shitennoji Temple.
Shitennoji Temple area.
Shitennoji Temple area.
Blossoms at Shitennoji Temple area.
Blossoms at Shitennoji Temple area.
Blossoms at Shitennoji Temple area.
Blossoms at Shitennoji Temple area.
Scooters for sale along Matsuyamac…
Scooters for sale along Matsuyama…
A peek at a shrine along Matsuyama…
A peek at a shrine along Matsuyam…
Shrine along Matsuyamachi-Suji ave…
Shrine along Matsuyamachi-Suji av…
A glimpse at some picnickers.
A glimpse at some picnickers.
Another stop at Gen Roku Sushi.
Another stop at Gen Roku Sushi.
Osaka
photo by: yasuyo