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2010 04 04 - Osaka day 5

Osaka Travel Blog

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Just to make all you sushi-lovers jeaulous

On travbuddy.com I had received a welcome message from Yasuyo. She also pointed me to a forum topic (http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/52404/Cherry-Blossom-meetup-Expo-Park-15) about a Cherry Blossom meetup in the Expo (Banpaku) Park in Osaka. All I had to do was show up at Ticket Gate 3F, Takarazuka line, Hankyu Umeda station at 10 in the morning. I told her that I would be there and would be easily recognisable in my orange outfit. (she was worried she wouldn't recognise me because my profile picture was me, dressed up as Santa Clause).

At 10 I was at Umeda station, platform 3, trains leaving for Takarazuka but never found Ticket Gate 3F.

To convert from Yen to Euro, think of a Yen as a cent and then deduct about a fifth (20%). So 2000 Yen is 16 Euro. In stores prices are quite high (compared to Holland), but when you buy the same food in a restaurant the price is only marginally higher.
After a phonecall it turned out Umeda had many (connecting) stations and that I was in the wrong one. After 30 minutes I finally found the way to the 3rd Floor of the right station and there was everyone (Yasuyo, her daughter and her TravBuddy from Osaka, a couple from Canada and a Dutch guy.

Later in the park we would meet up with several more people). We did some shopping, mostly for lunch and alcohol but the Sushi really looked good as well. After a few trainrides (including the monorail) we reached Banpaku park and enjoyed a whole day in the sun there. This park is what the Dutch beaches are to German tourists. You bring a plastic sail and claim your territory. Then you enjoy food and drinks and the surroundings the rest of the day.

Eventually everyone left and the Osaka team and me toured the park. I like smaller groups more so for me this was even more fun and I got to know a lot more about Osaka, Japan and the 3 Osaka ladies. By the end of the day I returned to Hiro`s Guest House and enjoyed the footbath some more

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Just to make all you sushi-lovers …
Just to make all you sushi-lovers…
To convert from Yen to Euro, think…
To convert from Yen to Euro, thin…
The sun tower is a huge statue whi…
The sun tower is a huge statue wh…
The expo park (1970) had the best …
The expo park (1970) had the best…
The routine in a park: You bring y…
The routine in a park: You bring …
First you drink it, then you turn …
First you drink it, then you turn…
The mother and daughter that arran…
The mother and daughter that arra…
Yasuyo (our host) acting like a Du…
Yasuyo (our host) acting like a D…
The back of the sun tower. Again, …
The back of the sun tower. Again,…
I was forced to wear this origin…
I was "forced" to wear this origi…
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photo by: yasuyo