The last of my photos from Japan spliced together in one post. I hope you've enjoyed following my adventures!
1, 2 & 3. After travelling on the Shinkansen (Bullet train) we stopped off at Kobe and took some lovely photos by the port.
4, 5, 6, 7 & 8. Namba - chaotic but amazing. It's one of Osaka's main shopping districts.
9, 10 & 11. Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) in Umeda.
12 & 13. One of many encounters with 'Sampuru'. I was truly fascinated by this when I visited Japan and there really is an art to making it look so realistic. You just need to look at bento boxes and sushi to know that in Japan presentation is key - they eyes definitely eat first here. Not only is Sampuru beautiful to look at, it's incredibly practical. The plastic versions of the dishes are used to entice customers into restaurants and help give them a better idea of what kind of portion to expect when they order. I think it's a great idea and would love to see more of this in the UK! Apparently, there's a big market for it in Japan, where popularity in this business is based on how real they can make the dishes look. The process usually involves a combination of hot, coloured wax being dropped into cold water and painted at the end for extra detail. There are actually so many amazing videos about this on Youtube that you could probably sit and watch for hours, but I like this one where it shows you how a simple lettuce is made.
14. Pushing the bicycle down one of the night markets, admiring all the delicately prepared food on display. I believe this particular one was in the Korean area of Osaka.
15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20. Shitennoji, home to one of Japan's oldest temples.
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27. Just off one of the main roads in Shitennoji we found a quiet garden with a few shrines inside. After walking around for much of the morning we decided to grab some more yakiniku for lunch!
Arigato Gonzaimasu Japan, until next time.