osaka birthday (誕生日おめでとう、自分!)

May 3rd, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

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I guess this entry could be titled How to Have a Fun Birthday in Osaka or How to Celebrate Your Birthday Like a Japanese 12-Year-Old. A couple weeks ago, it was my birthday (yeah, yeah, I’m behind on these blog entries, but I’ve been travelling!) so this what happens when I make Mike do whatever I want for an entire day. It involves a lot of seafood and Hello Kitty.

My birthday started at around 5am, when there was a pretty big earthquake just outside of Osaka. I woke up confused because everything was shaking and my iPhone earthquake alarm kept flashing EARTHQUAKE IS COMING! So that was fun. We went back to sleep but woke up for…

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… a lobster lunch! Chunagon is basically the lobster version of Kani Doraku, and serves all-lobster meals.

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Lobsters everywhere!

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Lobster plates and lobster chopstick holders.

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The menu. The lunch sets aren’t too expensive, but the dinners go up to ¥22000 ($220 CAD) per person!

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Fried lobster tail on cute lobster paper.

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Lobster croquettes.

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Some kind of lobster nimono (stewed dish).

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Chazuke to finish. There was some other stuff and dessert but for the sake of this entry not having 8000 photos, I left them out.

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After lunch, it was off to Universal Studios Japan (USJ). Unlike Tokyo Disneyland, USJ is very close to downtown Osaka.

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I am including this photo because the “Twilight Pass” is not mentioned on the USJ website, but it exists! If you go after 3pm (which we did), it’s only ¥4900 instead of ¥6600. I am a fan of these tickets because theme parks are stupidly expensive.

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No tattoos allowed!

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For some reason, everything was still Easter-themed, even though Easter was long over.

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Looks just like all the other Universal Studios of the world.

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But the Schwab’s Pharmacy is pink!

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And there’s Hello Kitty.

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The Hello Kitty corner of the park is incredibly pink.

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The cutest garbage cans ever?

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Yes, we rode on this cupcake ride.

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Wah, so cute!

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There’s this fake Hello Kitty “fashion” exhibit which is kind of weird but hey, Hello Kitty everywhere!

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Mike models this bow dress.

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I wish I could actually buy this.

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And these.

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There’s this part where you “meet” Hello Kitty and take bunch of photos, but we were too cheap to buy them. Sorry, Hello Kitty!

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But I did buy a Hello Kitty nikuman (meat bun)!

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Poor Kitty-chan.

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On your birthday, you get to eat all the desserts you want.

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Of course it’s heart-shaped!

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When it gets dark, USJ puts on a parade of lights.

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It was actually pretty cool.

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For dinner, it was off to the takoyaki museum (part of USJ CityWalk) because I love takoyaki. The museum is just like the one in Tokyo, but I think it’s mostly local Osaka takoyaki shops. Which is good, because Osaka has the best takoyaki!

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Order your takoyaki from a machine.

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Kukuru is probably my favourite takoyaki place. Their takoyaki is slightly bigger than normal, but it’s so soft and creamy inside.

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After dinner, I went to Matsukiyo (Matsumoto Kiyoshi is a very large Japanese drugstore chain) to buy myself a bunch of makeup. (Another entry about Japanese drugstore goodies is forthcoming.) Then, karaoke. Ten points if you know this song. 沖縄!

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Another dessert for me! Karaoke waffle and a strawberry Rilakkuma I won in a UFO catcher.

So that was my birthday/how I would spend every day in Japan if I could. What’s better than lobster, Hello Kitty, takoyaki, makeup, desserts, and karaoke?


1 Comment to osaka birthday (誕生日おめでとう、自分!)

  • Mai says:

    Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a great time :D!

    Also, I know I’ve been in Japan for too long when I saw “sake” and thought “さけ” :(

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