5 Awesome Things to Photograph in Osaka

Disclosure: This post was created in collaboration with InterContinental Hotels Group. As always, all experiences and opinions are my own. I've often written that Paris has my heart. But I bet you didn't know that Japan has my soul. My husband often jokes that I was Asian in another life, and my love of Japanese culture and food certainly serves as a testament to that. Throughout my … [Read more...]

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Osaka Scenes

We only spent two-and-a-half days in Osaka after Kyoto.  Most of that time was spent in Kuromon-Ichiba Market, taking photos of architecture like Namba Parks and buildings like Umeda Sky Building.  Of course, I did a lot of people watching too!  There is much more to do in Osaka, we didn't visit any temples or shrines of which there are plenty.  Nor did we visit the Osaka Castle. Those will have … [Read more...]

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People Watching in Osaka

Like my experiences in Tokyo, I have to say one of the best things about Osaka is people watching!  Of course I love to people watch everywhere, but most especially in Japan.  I have always admired the way the Japanese express themselves in fashion, often unapologetically. And it is not just "teenagers," I saw interesting outfits on people in every age group. Let's take a look. I know what … [Read more...]

Osaka – Umeda Sky Building

Another spot that Mr. Misadventures was interested in taking photos from was the famous Umeda Sky Building.  In the morning we  had visited the very unique Namba Parks buildings, but Umeda Sky Building is a whole other animal. The building consists of two 40-story towers that are connected with each other by the "Floating Garden Observatory" on the 39th floor at top with bridges and an … [Read more...]

Osaka – Namba Parks

"We're going to a mall."  It was 8 a.m. and Mr. Misadventures had just indicated we were going shopping. Something wasn't right. Had my hubby whacked his head?  I am not much of a shopper and this is how all the shopping centers had looked like thus far: So I wasn't exactly jumping for joy when I heard shopping mall!  I really should have known better.  Mr. Misadventures wasn't really … [Read more...]

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Osaka’s Kuromon-Ichiba Market

After five days in Kyoto, we headed to Osaka on the regional train.  I didn't know what to expect of Osaka, quite frankly I had spent most of my time researching Kyoto.  Osaka was mainly a transition point for us as that is where we flew in and out of. After two and a half-days in Osaka, I have come to the conclusion that it is a mini-Tokyo.  I apologize to all my friends in Tokyo and anyone in … [Read more...]

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Kyoto Food – My Favorite Eats

Kyoto Food? It's heaven! During our week in Kyoto, we ate very, very well.  The vast majority of the time was at either at Nishiki Market or Takashimaya Department Store.  Wherever we ate it was damn good and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. Chestnuts I have written about how important seasonality is to the Kyoto food scene. The people of Kyoto eat seasonally and during November and … [Read more...]

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Kyoto in Black and White

Similar to the Paris in HDR post I did last September, I thought I would share a series of Kyoto photos Mr. Misadventures and I took in black and white, because sometimes an image just begs to be presented that way! All these photos are from various temples we visited during our week-long stay.  There are 2000 temples and shrines, too many to see in a lifetime, but so worth … [Read more...]

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Kyoto – Fushimi Inari Shrine

On our last day in Kyoto before heading to Osaka, Mr. Misadventures and I visited Fushimi Inari Shrine. It's located on the outskirts of Kyoto but is super easy to get to as the entrance is just outside the JR (train) Nara Line Inari Station, literally a 5-minute ride from Kyoto Station. The shrine is beautiful and very, very orange(!). And in the early morning when the light hits it, it is … [Read more...]

Kyoto – Temple Talk

One thing you will quickly learn about visiting Kyoto is that there are thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.  To me it is very much like the chateaus in France, particularly in the Loire Valley.  After awhile it can be overwhelming and they all blend together.  A few days into our trip to Kyoto I began to be less concerned about documenting every temple I visited and more interested … [Read more...]