This is the next to last article in my Japan travel and bento series. My Mom and I spent time in Osaka at the beginning and the end of our trip. At the end of our trip my friend who lives in a different part of Japan came and spent time with us.
I know that this bento is a strange one and I almost did not share it here. It is very simple. The picks are from actual jelly fish and sea turtle photos I took at the Osaka Aquarium.
Left Side: Nishiki rice dyed blue (I ended up using too much and it is VERY blue), stingray drawn on Cheddar cheese with food safe marker
Top Right: Cucumber
Bottom Right: Mukimame
We stayed at the Hilton near Osaka Station and near many amazing shopping opportunities. I did not take any photos during our shopping trips. I can’t believe that I did not take a photo inside an 100 Yen store. I certainly went to a lot of them while in Japan.
One of my Mom’s requests was to visit the Osaka aquarium. They have an impressive tank that spans many levels. During our time at the aquarium a preschool group of young kids was there. It was fun to see their reactions.
Another item on my Mom’s list was to visit the Umeda Sky Building. I have been to a few observation towers in my life but this is my favorite one yet. Impressive. We did not realize during our first stay at the Osaka Hilton that we could see this building from the Executive lounge.
This photo was taken from our room at the Osaka Hilton. The Hilton was very comfortable and in a convenient location.
An older man was walking this dog. It was the first time I had even seen a dog with hair bows. I told the man (in Japanese) that his dog was cute. My Mom then told me to tell the man that his dog was cute not knowing that I just told him.
The plum trees near the Osaka castle were in full bloom during our visit. It is probably a lovely stroll during other seasons but it is incredible during plum blossom season.
I did not include any close-up photos of Osaka Castle. We walked near it but did not go inside. While walking on the grounds and viewing the moat I kept thinking about my 9 year old nephew and thought that he would enjoy being there.
I am fascinated by manhole covers in Japan. They are often themed for the city where they are located. The blog Uncovering Japan has a Manhole Monday feature.
We had a lovely time in Osaka. The next and last article in this series will be Kyoto.