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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

One of my bridesmaid got hitched last month and will be going to Japan for her honeymoon. Naturally, she asked me for pointers. I recommended that she must go to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the largest public aquariums in the world!

Osaka Kaiyukan - by p@ragon on flickr

Kaiyukan (Ring of Fire) takes aquarium visitors to the fresh and salt water habitats around the Pacific Ocean, dividing it to ten different areas. The massive building holds 11,000 tons of water and its inhabitants, including two majestic whale sharks. I wonder how long it took them to insert everything into the building. Moreover, that such building can hold so much water, plants, animals and people is amazing.

Enjoying Kyoto on Bicycles Pt. 2

As I had written last week, the first part of my bicycle adventure in Kyoto had been fun and exhilarating. We were tired and took a chance to take a big rest when the story left of.

It was almost 4PM that we decided we need to go. Little did we know, our next decision turned our honeymoon upside down. I think I was not in the right mind. I failed myself as the organizer of this trip. Bad call on myself, and James spoiled me too much to turned down my crazy idea. I told him I want to go to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, really bad. I told him it would had been closed when we get there, so we should go somewhere else. However, foolish me had a brilliant idea, thinking that we would be able to take pictures of the pavilion from outside of the gate. He said, let’s do it. So, off we went.

We were so confident of our scheme, that we even took time to stop by Nijo castle. On our map, Nijo castle is halfway to Kinkakuji from where we started. It was closing, and we should had stopped here. I knew we should had. I didn’t say anything though. We asked one of the korean tourist girls to snap a picture of us before we pushed on.

Enjoying Kyoto on Bicycles Pt.1

When I was researching for my pre-wedding photo shoot in Kyoto, I discovered that Kyoto was voted one of the best city to bike. We did not have enough time to rent a bike during that trip, but James and I were determined to spend one day biking around Kyoto during our honeymoon. On our third day in Japan’s former capital city, we finally cruised around in our rented bike.

Renting Bicycles

Me and James on our rented bikes

There were a number of bicycle rental companies in Kyoto that I found on google. I decided to wait before booking anything until we get to Kyoto. Our ryokan recommended Kyoto Cycling Tour Project (KCTP) to us. One of its outlet was in close proximity to both the station and to our lodging. The Kyoto Station Cycling Terminal was a little hidden to find,despite the map we got from the ryokan. The direction from their website would had made our live easier.

Honeymoon Wishlist #3: Play Pachinko!

Pachinko

Pachinko is one of the few things that my husband is very enthusiastic in trying! You can say that I am too. I’ve always come across a few noisy and crowded noisy parlors during my visits, but never got the guts to walk in to try playing.

I went and ask if anybody would be kind enough to teach me how to play pachinko on twitter on my Blackberry. The first, and only person to response is @BradJPE. Here are what he tweeted to me:

most modern machines require you to land a ball on the center slot and get a match (like slots). If you do, you end up in bonus mode

with an increased chance to get another 当たり or 大当たり. Bonus lasts 100x spins. Mermaid game has better win % but no bonus round. Gl!!

How to Prepare for Your Japan Trip

For my last Japan trip, I was responsible for travel arrangements of our group. My fiance, sister and photographer probably thought that I was the most suitable person, since I had been to Japan a couple of times – and a self proclaimed Otaku Hime. I was determined to do well. The process was fun and time consuming. I had to do a lot of research and planning. Even then it was not enough.

Our trip was not as successful as I wanted it to be. Like I wish that I didn’t go on that disastrous trip to Gotenba and could have gone to Odaiba instead. I had to learn the hard way how much a great travel planning could has improve my Japan experience compared to a plain old good one. When the next Japan trip comes around, I will make sure that my travel planning will be a drastic improvement than before.

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