Osaka September 2014 Part 4 – Namba

Crissey and I decided to spend our last night in Osaka’s Namba district, mostly because she hasn’t been there before, and because I haven’t seen it at night yet. Another shared first for us! 

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At this point, we were a lot more relaxed already, after spending hours shopping at Umeda. We took the train to Shinsaibashi, and thankfully, I still remembered which exit to go to once we got off the train. We ended up straight at the entrance!

Shinsaibashi is like a long shopping arcade where you can find different local and foreign brands. If you like fast fashion, you’ll probably want to stay in this area versus Umeda / JR Osaka Station.

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The Trissey diet is composed of coffee and sweets, lol. Anyhow, I introduced Crissey to my favorite Doutor iced honey cafe au lait when we arrived at Kansai airport.We found another Doutor in Shinsaibashi, so we ordered the same drink again. WHAT IS ADDICTION

I have so many feels for this particular drink. Every time I go to Tokyo, the first meal I have is always in the Doutor in Narita airport. It’s the one in the area before N’EX, Skyliner, etc. I order the exact same drink every single time, and I guess it has become my official “Welcome to Japan!” drink. 

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Remember my RANDA posts? One of the largest (if not the #1 largest) RANDA store can be found along Shinsaibashi! The ones that I’ve seen Shinjuku and Shibuya are a lot smaller, and don’t offer non-shoe products such as clothing and accessories.

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The shoe design that half of the customers in the store were inquiring about. RANDA created a Barbie collaboration shoe, and it is all sorts of kawaii! You can’t really find anything like it anywhere else.

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Bling for your feet!

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The RANDA store in Shinsaibashi is probably 4 or 5 times bigger than the one in Shinjuku. Check it out if you’re looking for quality shoes for everyday use!

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Current fall trends include wide-brimmed hats, camo prints, and stripes.

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Looks like a spring coordinate except for the tweed shorts that usually trend during fall and winter seasons.

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Japan’s white shoe game is still going strong. It was the #1 shoe trend last spring-summer, and it’s nice to see it in non-sandal form now that the weather is getting colder. 

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When in Shinsaibashi, go to the huge Lowry’s Farm store. I mentioned this place in my old Osaka post, and I’ll mention it again for emphasis. 

There are normal Lowry’s Farm stores around the city, but this one has a complete collection of their more chic, ladylike lines – apart by lowrys (my favorite) and mikoa LOWRYS FARM. 

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All WEGO stores are always worth checking out. 

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Sailor Moon iPhone cases! I regret not getting the one on the right! u_u

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For those times when you want to pretend like you’re a bride…? It’s amazing how these Harajuku-style marriage veils are actually marketed to be worn as an everyday accessory!

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And Japan’s Sailor Moon obsession continues…

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SUDDENLY, HALF-NAKED YUKO OSHIMA /le shock What a way to grab attention!

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I failed to take a closer photo, but this girl was wearing black lipstick to match her black lips bag!

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Don’t know if it’s just me when I say that purikura machines are harder to come by in Osaka than in Tokyo? Good thing we found a game center along Shinsaibashi, or else Crissey wouldn’t have had her first purikura experience!

We chose this machine with Dakota as the model! We originally wanted to try the newest machine (with Tamashiro Tina as the model) but the line was sooo long, huhu 

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SOMEONE PLEASE BRING THESE PURIKURA MACHINES TO THE PHILIPPINES! Instant alien eyes!

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Game centers in Japan are 999999999x more epic than all the other game centers in the world! Usually, we’d see arcades that are only as big as a restaurant, but Japan has multi-storey buildings just dedicated to this stuff.

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Gudetama!

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Their game centers are so epic, you can get these high-quality figurines as prizes.

P.S. I need Shingeki no Kyojin’s next season asap

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Only 200 yen or 80 pesos to play! I suck at crane games though :(

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One of the prizes! DYING AT ALL THE CUTE

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The view once you’re done with Shinsaibashi. This is one of Osaka’s most iconic places, so naturally, there are always a lot of people (locals and tourists).

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Picking up from what I left in my last post…

I got so excited for Crissey since she could finally take a photo in front of the popular Glico Man in Dotonbori. A few days before our trip, I was already telling her about it, so I guess she had high expectations too. During the duration of our trip, she was also telling me about how psyched she was about it, after seeing how every tourist in Osaka has a picture in front of the Glico Man.

HOWEVER, THE GLICO MAN WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. Apparently, it was under restoration during the time of our visit.

I knew it. I am seriously cursed, lol. Or maybe it’s Crissey, hahaha

We were blessed by temporary Glico Girl Ayase Haruka instead. The billboard didn’t have any lighting though, so it was just dark and weird amid the bright landscape. I had to adjust the levels of these pictures on Photoshop because it looked so out of place, lol. The least they could have done was put a spotlight on it, or something.

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Oh well! No worries! This only gave us more reason to come back next time!

Also, hello to our photobombers! This in-between part of Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori always has a lot of guys hanging around, inviting people to visit their clubs, restaurants, etc. Very similar to Shibuya at night, when guys would try to talk to you while you’re walking to your destination. Best thing to do is to ignore them, but it also works when you tell them that you can’t understand a thing they’re saying, and that they should speak in English. They get so scared, lol

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My favorite Tokyo girl Ashley was in town that weekend, so we met up for dinner! 

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Her luggage. Kawaii all day, every day. This made me miss my dogs Bailey and Angel!

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Beautiful Dotonbori at night. I think I prefer this time, compared to when I visited in the afternoon

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Monki on the left, H&M on the right. Global fast fashion is slowly invading Manila, and I think Monki should be next in line!

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I was so scared for these two, but they had perfect balance omg they are secretly ninjas

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Kani Doraku! 

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Bright lights to contrast the dark sky. The Forever 21 here is also huge!

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Last proper shot before dinner! This was taken on the same day as my last post, but I changed my jacket and shorts when Crissey and I dropped our shopping haul off at our hotel. Instant evening look!

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Trissey’s first proper meal since we arrived in Osaka. We went to Botejyu, a popular chain of restaurants. I think they have branches in Singapore and Taiwan too. Hopefully, the Philippines is next.

Saved the best for last. Okonomiyaki with egg, and takoyaki with cheese. YES. WITH CHEESE. 

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Nino has so many endorsements recently. <3

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One last look at Dotonbori before we left for the nearest station.

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Before going home, Ashley had to buy a charger or a powerbank, so we went to this awesome store called Smart Labo.  

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It’s basically a store that sells the best cellphone cases in the world. Most of their items are a little on the expensive side, but they’re all sure to be conversation pieces.

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Kiki and Lala!

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Disney cases for iPhone 6. THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND ONE OMG <3 I asked them if they had the same case for iPhone 5s, because I’d totally buy it. Sadly, it was only available for iPhone 6. :(

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Just some EXO when we went back to our hotel. KORE WA OVERDOSE!

Thanks again Access Travel and Tours for helping us arrange this trip! Don’t forget to check out EnjoyJapan.PH for your daily dose of Japan travel inspiration!