At a Catalan Japanese wedding

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Chieko weddingAt the Catalan wedding, the bride threw her bouquet in the air.

We left our house in the early morning (4:30 am!) to travel to Tarragona today, visiting the wedding of two dear friends of us. An international Japanese/Spanish couple that live in Shanghai. They host a party in Spain for the family of the groom. Nevertheless, a small delegation of Japanese did fly over.

At was a great party; Great food and I was amazed with the dancing. The elderly danced the waltz, the younger ones enjoyed salsa and the Japanese seemed keen to do horse-dancing on Gangnam Style. The Catalan received their Japanese, Korean and Dutch guests like family.

Sashimi and tepanyaki at hongmei lu

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Just had my first taste of japanese barbeque, together with @chijs, @akinasuna and dirk from @unitedstyles. The Japanese really know how to prepare nice beef. The concept was ‘all you can eat’ but now I know it doesn’t necesseraly have to mean the food is simple.

(Located at the pearl market)

Gloomy skies over Osaka

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This is one of Japan’s most famous castles, it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one kilometer square. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from sword-bearing attackers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osaka_Castle
Shin-Sai-bashi – Do you see that shopping street next to the building with the Diesel advertisement? (bright path on right side of picture) That’s Shin Sai Bashi; The shopping area of Osaka. Fabulous. Absolutely love it. Downside is it was far too crowded to shoot all of the stylish people. This picture is taken from the roof terrace (full of trees) of a shopping mall. Had some warm green tea with this view, breathtaking Japan!

 

Confusing metro here, alas for me.

First impressions of Osaka, Japan

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  1. Small coke is actually a small coke
  2. Grannies play Mario Kart and are actually good at it.
  3. Where are the garbage cans? Am I supposed to hold my trash all day?

Namba

The luminous tubes in the picture are the number one icon of Osaka. The running man in the middle has been a famous landmark of Osaka since its initial construction in 1919. It bears the Glico running man on a blue race track as well as some of Osaka’s other famous landmarks in the background.

Shinsekai

The Shinsekai tower is one of the city icons of Osaka Japan. Total height is 103 m, the main observation deck (behind the star) is at a height of 91 m. Actually, this is the second tower to occupy the site. The original tower was build in 1912 bus was melted down for war material in the second world war, as the tower could be a reference point for American bombing raids on Osaka.