Even though our stint in the Kansai region was based in Osaka, we didn’t actually do that much here. It all boils down to two places: the Namba district (where Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi shopping arcade meets) and the Osaka Aquarium.
Just as steady droplets of water can eventually wear down solid stone, after two and a half years of “let’s go back to Japan” from the wife, I eventually caved. I thought it was a bit soon to repeat such an expensive trip, but I would be a liar if I said I didn’t want to, and before long we were packing for a 13-day trip across Japan.
This trip is a bit of a do-over to make up for the horrendous weather from the previous trip. Being the first destination after settling in at the hotel in Osaka, Himeji would set the tone for the rest of the trip, and I’m glad to report it definitely beat being drenched in the streets of Tokyo like last time.
Isabelle (or Shizue as she is known in the Japanese version of the Animal Cross) is cute. She’s damn cute. I mean, Animal Crossing knows a thing or two to make cute character in order to make their chore-simulator game work, but they really hit it out of the park here. With a pear-shaped face like that, it’s very hard not to feel a twinge when I beat the snot out of her in Smash Ultimate.
Winter has traditionally been the season for me to waste money on photo gear and take zero photos. While I managed to avoid buying anything so far, I certainly have not been active in my photo-taking, so here’s an attempt to scrape off a bit of the rust.