tennoji zoo

April 15th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

Tennoji Zoo is right beside Shinsekai in Osaka and takes up most of the surrounding Tennoji Park. I had no real desire to go to this zoo (I’m not particularly fond of Japanese zoos) but it was right there and it was a sunny day, so why not? It only costs […]


April 12th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 7 Responses

Ah, Shinsekai. An old Osaka neighbourhood that Osakans seem to think is dangerous. But in a country that’s incredibly safe, that’s not really saying much. (Most of Detroit makes even the worst parts of Japan look like Disneyland.) Shinsekai (新世界) literally means “new world” which I suppose is kind of […]

meat plus fire

April 10th, 2013 / by / in: food / 3 Responses

I’m trying to update my blog more frequently, but I’m getting behind because I have a backlog of fairly long entries that I need to finish. In the meantime, here’s another short post. This one is about yakiniku! Yakiniku (焼肉) means “grilled meat” and usually means Korean-style BBQ. You know, […]

misdo x hello kitty

April 7th, 2013 / by / in: everything cute / No responses

Right now, the coffee and doughnut chain Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツ, or “Misdo” for short) has Hello Kitty doughnuts! That’s right — HELLO KITTY DOUGHNUTS. They are extremely cute and I immediately went out and bought all of them. They even gave me a free cellphone charm! I think my favourite […]

osaka hanami

April 4th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

You’re probably tired of sakura photos, but I’m not! Here’s a bunch more photos from around Osaka. We hanami-ed at Osaka-jo Koen (Osaka Castle Park) and Sakuranomiya last weekend. (You can see the castle in one of the photos.) I was out today and the cherry blossom petals are starting […]

flying peach, part 2

March 28th, 2013 / by / in: travel / No responses

As a follow up to my entry about flying on Peach from Osaka to Okinawa, I figured I’d post about the flight back. Only because it was kind of hilarious. Well, hilarious if you’re slightly snobby like me. Unlike at KIX, Peach has almost zero facilities at the Okinawa airport. […]

nara and the deer

March 26th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

This entry is about Nara! If you know anything about Japan, you’ve probably heard of Nara, home of the all-you-can-pet deer buffet. Well, I like petting deer, so off we went. Nara is about 40 minutes from Osaka on the Kintetsu Nara Line (Namba Station to Kintetsu Nara Station). Kintetsu Nara Station is […]

shinkansen to osaka

February 22nd, 2013 / by / in: travel / No responses

Trains are awesome. This is a fact. So Mike and I were excited to take the shinkansen to Osaka from Tokyo simply because we are nerds and like riding trains. We took the Nozomi train (because it’s the fastest one, obviously) from Shinagawa Station in Tokyo to Shin-Osaka Station in […]