Friday, February 27, 2009

One Night in Osaka

In August, I went to Japan twice. My first trip, I dragged a long a co-worker (we worked for Air Canada so flights were cheap for us) for a one night trip. It was kind of a jackass thing to to, to fly from Vancouver to Osaka, and to come back the next day, all for no particular reason, but it makes for a great drinking story. Plus we both got upgraded to business class, but I won't bore you with anymore business class meal pictures.

My friend did not take well to the hot Japanese summer, and let me tell you, it was hot, not to mention the humidity. This picture is priceless. Why would they do that??? In Vancouver, our summers are pretty mild compared to ones in Osaka, and it made no sense to me why they would have a train that was only mildy air conditioned. We were wearing shorts and t-shirts, and we were dying. There were salary men standing around in suits, barely breaking a sweat. It was outrageous.

What is Osaka famous for, food-wise? Takoyaki of course! Apparently, this is is one of the most famous shops in Osaka.

You have two or three poor saps sweating over the grills on a hot summer day in Osaka, no AC, or visible fans anywhere. It must have been murder.

15 squid balls for 750 yen, which really isn't too bad at all.

After drowning the freshly grilled takoyaki in takoyaki sauce and mayo, it's sprinkled with some seasoning....

...add some katsuoboshi flakes and you're ready to rock and roll.

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