Rest of Japan Trip!

We are now back from Japan and I think/hope jet lag has finally subsided!  If you missed out my last post about Japan (written in Japan when we were half way through our trip) you can read about it here.  After we left our cute little cabin on the top of a mountain on the island of Shikoku we traveled to Osaka before ending our trip back in Tokyo.

We arrived in Osaka after taking one wrong train and heading about 2 hours out of way.  I wouldn’t say it was a bad thing though because we saw some beautiful scenery!  Super green and lush mountainside along a river.  Just gorgeous.  Unfortunately our train was traveling super fast that all the pictures I tried to take ended up super blurry!  But when we did make it to Osaka we went to check out the Dotobori neighborhood.  It was cool area with shops and restaurants which seemed to extend forever in each direction!

I think this place sells crab.
I think this place sells crab.

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The next morning Matt and took off to the Tsūtenkaku Tower in another area of Osaka.  It was also a cool neighborhood.

I want to eat at all the places!!!
I want to eat at all the places!!!

The reason for heading to the Tsūtenkaku Tower was because I had signed up for 2 cooking classes!!  I chose to take the Street Food and Home Cooking class through Eat Osaka.  Matt took the Street Food class with me in the morning and in the afternoon Tash took the Home Cooking class.

we are shiny because we are really sweaty! August is NOT the month to go to Japan!!
we are shiny because we are really sweaty! August is NOT the month to go to Japan!!
Making udon noodles!
Making udon noodles!
making dashimaki, an intricate Japanese omelett
making dashimaki, an intricate Japanese omelet
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dashimaki success!!!
telling Tash she better watch out or I am going to turn her into Tashimi
telling Tash she better watch out or I am going to turn her into Tashimi
Me and the awesome teacher, Rihoko.
Me and the awesome teacher, Rihoko.
Food I made in the Street Food class - yakitori, udon noodles and okonomiyaki
Food I made in the Street Food class – yakitori, udon noodles and okonomiyaki
Food I made in the Home Cooking class - mocha, pickled carrots, dashimaki, sesame spinach, ginger pork and miso soup
Food I made in the Home Cooking class – mochi, pickled carrots, dashimaki, sesame spinach, ginger pork and miso soup

I would have to say I really enjoyed taking the classes.  I learned quite a bit.  It was really cool making the udon noodles.  We had to knead the dough with our feet!  (the dough was in a plastic bag)  And after kneading we had to place the dough against our body so our body heat would make the dough gooey!  Also the dashimaki, intricate Japanese omelet,  was fun to make.  I had seen dashimaki  before but had no idea how to make it!  If anyone goes to Osaka I highly recommend taking one of the cooking classes at Eat Osaka, they are super fun!

The next day we headed back to Tokyo, but this time to the Shibuya neighborhood.  We stayed in a spacious (extremely spacious for Japan standards) AirBNB decorated to the max in Rolling Stones memorabilia.  If anyone is looking for a crazy place to stay in Tokyo check this place out!

I really LOVED the Shibuya/ Harajyuku neighborhoods.  I definitely want to go back and spend more time there!  Their are a ton of shops, including a bunch of vintage shops.  And lots of restaurant offerings.  And they have a cat café!  I crazy place where you pet cats while drinking coffee!

Cat café!! Cat's hanging from the ceiling!!!
Cat café!! Cat’s hanging from the ceiling!!!
Matt petting one of the cats!
Matt petting one of the cats!
crazy amount of people in Harajyuku!!
crazy amount of people in Harajyuku!!

And what would a trip to Japan for me be without Ramen??!!  We found a cute ramen shop a few minutes from our Shibuya AirBNB.  There was no English in the ramen shop and the menu had no pictures (we found many menus in Japan include pictures so you can point at what you want, very handy!) so we did the Anthony Bourdain method.  Look around at what everyone is eating and point at that.  In our case we had ramen with wontons.  SUPER yummy!

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yum!!!!!!!!!
yum!!!!!!!!!

We had a super fun trip to Japan and on the plane home, actually before the plane ever left Japan, I asked Matt when we could go back.  We both agreed we will be going back and sooner rather than later!