Saturday, February 21, 2015
It was rainy and dreary, but we ventured out for the Vege Food Festa. My friend and I were ready to stuff ourselves! The dude and some of our other friends had a more reasonable approach to sampling the food at the festival. Our group ended up buying pizza with soy cheese, ramen, sushi, channa masala and puffy fried bread, and lots of baked goods (mostly breads and muffins). There were several animal welfare groups at the festival too. My favorite was Niigata no kill shelter.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
After visiting the castle and having lunch, we went to the history museum. The museum had lots of large displays, which was quite different from most of the museums we've visited so far. It was fun to collect stamps throughout the museum, and to play in the archaeology interactive exhibit.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
We stopped at Green Cafe for lunch. The owner was so lovely, he stopped to talk with us. My friend and I ordered pizza with cashew cheese, and the dude ordered a veggie burger. I ordered a pumpkin pie and soy ice cream for dessert, but my friend's lemon cheesecake was slightly better.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015
A must-see sight in Osaka is the Osaka Castle. We walked around the park before heading over to the castle area. There are several museums nearby, perfect for an afternoon. The shrine in the third photo is for a place where a monk hung his robe, and the tree stump photo is where the famous tree used to be.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
When my friend visited us over Thanksgiving, we went to Kyoto and Osaka. We stayed in a hostel, which was quite the experience. My friend has stayed in hostels while traveling before, but the dude and I were rather surprised. I guess I should have known by how cheap it was, even though it was listed on hotels(dot)com. Our first stop in Osaka was Shitennoji Temple.