First of all – Happy Easter!
We pass the airport from where we’ll be leaving for Japan. Built to replace Kai Tak, it’s built on reclaimed land and is quite the engineering feat.
A Chilean woman takes our photo.
After being blown around by strong winds pushing the cable car, we arrive.
A good place to have an escalator.
We arrive in Osaka at the tail end of cherry-blossom season.
‘So we grew together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet a union in partition,
Two lovely berries molded on one stem.’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The castle is surrounded by several moats, with curved walls built of enormous stones.
Osaka Castle has a long and turbulent history.
City view from the top of the castle.
Matcha-flavoured ice cream. Matcha is powdered green tea.
In a temple on the castle grounds, people tie small notes with their wishes on them to a fence.
We visit the Udema Sky Building.
A good place to watch the sun go down.
Riding the escalators in the top is fun.
Around our hotel are several small temples and cemeteries.
We’re fortunate to come across a rare exhibition of works by Vermeer and other Dutch masters at the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts.
There’s a lot of commerce going on in Japan. Like most of Asia.
Sight or Insight of the Day
We admire this stackable garage in town.
We can imagine this becoming a thing in North America. Of course, it would have to be scaled up in size to accommodate two or three F-150 pickup trucks.