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Japan: Nara

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After visiting Osaka for one day, our first stop on our 2nd day in Japan was to Nara. There's a university there along with other things but we just did a quick stop to visit the deers at Nara Park. We spent a little over an hour there and it was so much fun. They were just deers but they were so entertaining. There are people who sell crackers on carts around the park so you'll just have to pay for them in order to have the deers come to you. Aaron and I were too scared to feed the deers but Aunt Jane and Hannah did. Were they brave? Check out the video to find out.

See after the photos to see a list of our expenses

Funny creatures right?

EXPENSES (for 2)
Day 2 - Nara
To Nara from Osaka - 1120
Locker - 800
Drink mango - 190

Japan: Osaka

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Welcome to the beginning of our adventure! I shared last week about some Japan observations but here is where the real stories begin.

We flew with Asiana Airlines and arrived at Osaka. Aaron, Hannah (Aaron's sister), and I met up with Nate (Aaron's brother) and their Aunt Jane at an Airbnb in Osaka when we arrived. After we got out of the airport we walked quite a long way to reach our destination. Our excitement to be in Japan surpassed our 15 hours of traveling grogginess. We just spent 1 day in Osaka but it was the best. My favorite was the takoyaki. Here's our Osaka recap :)

See after the photos to see a list of our expenses

Our first meal was at Ichiban Ramen (of course!) and it was my favorite ramen I had the whole trip. YUMMMMY yummy. Then we walked around some more and was in fascination of all the lights and culture.

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A breakfast in Japan! So simple and a great way to start off our morning.

Osaka was the perfect first destination for us in Japan. We enjoyed the street food, lights, arcades, soda machines on every corner, and the simplicity of life.

EXPENSES (for 2)
Day 1 - Osaka
Nankai station - 2000
Station - 360
Pepsi -100
Green da ja ra - 140
Green tea - 140
Takoyaki - 200
Ichiban Ramen - 1820
Zombie (arcade) - 200
Fujiya restaurant mango snow chocolate parfait - 600
Family Mart - 266

Day 2 - Osaka
Cafe Ranger egg, toast, coffee - 760

Japan: Observations

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Aaron, Hannah (Aaron's sister), Aunt Jane (Aaron's aunt) and I visited Nate (Aaron's brother) in Japan last August and I am now ready to share with you our adventure! Our version of an adventure is relaxing, site visiting, and lots of food, which we definitely did this trip. Since Nate lives in Japan, we got to experience a lot of Japan's cultural and do a lot of things we wouldn't have thought about doing if it wasn't for his expertise. I won't be sharing too much on exactly where we ate and what we did because I did not keep track of the restaurants we were at. And having signs in Japanese did not motivate me enough to log it. I'll be sharing videos I made from each city we visited so that'll give you a good idea of what we did. But let me start off with some things I noticed in Japan. 

Drinks are smaller
When we ate at restaurants, the cups were noticeably smaller.

Fewer Napkins
I'm the type that uses a lot of napkins every meal so I had to make sure not to make a mess when I ate.

People don't get mad when you run into them
Some areas in Japan are very crowded and there's no denying that you'll bump into someone. But people there are so kind and don't give you the stink eye or push you around when there is limited space.

Sweet language tone
They are so nice. They treat people with care and are very gentle.

Everything was louder
When we were at Tokyo Disneyland, it was noticeably louder - music, rides, and show effects. We found that our group were the only ones who screamed on the rides. Were we being rude?

Gestures
I only noticed one gesture that was confusing. When we waved to the workers at Disneyland, a lot of time they mistook it for a "no".

Merchandise bags are taped
All bags were taped after we purchased something. Not sure what their intent for this is but I like this idea. It made me feel like our purchases were complete.

Women making ramen
I noticed that a lot of women were making ramen. This might be true here in LA too but I felt like there were just a lot more than I thought there would be.

Bug bites
It's not uncommon to get bug bites but I wanted to share that I got so many on both my legs since the start of the trip. We tried several medications but it helped only for a short time. It was rough getting thru the days but I was in Japan...so no complaining there.

Check back next week to see our time in Osaka, our first destination :)