Aquarium in Osaka

There is a large aquarium, “Kaiyukan 海遊館” in Osaka. This aquarium has been opened over 20 years. The aquarium is one of the biggest tank of water in the world.

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You can see the fish as if you were in the water.

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The sardine are beautiful, aren’t they?

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This water tank is really big. Unfortunately, the whale shark (4.7 meter) was dead last month but it was enough interesting to see various fish.

You can see the dolphine eating the food close.

Nostalgic Food in Osaka

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This is a theme park where you can eat nostalgic food in Osaka.
We call it, “Kuishinbo Yokocho” 食いしんぼ横丁

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You can choose the food among ten restaurants.Almost all food are common food for elderly people in Osaka.

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This is “omirice” which includes tomato flavored fried rice.

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My oldest daughter’s favorite is this omurice.

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This is roast giblet on the rice. The giblet is boiled with miso.
We call it, “Dotedon.” My youngest daughter loves to eat this one.

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This is dried curry with a raw egg.
I chose this one. It was hotter than I expected but the taste was really good. The food reminds them old days.

Harry Potter

My family and I went to USJ in Osaka last weekends. USJ is a large entertainment park which has a lot of kinds of amusment attractions. Since the Harry Potter World in USJ was opened last month, the area was so crowded.

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This is an entrance area.The famous train waits for us.

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This is a main street. There are many shops and restaurants along the street.You can see the snow all season.

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This is Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The school is exciting attraction which you can experience flight simulation like Harry. It’s about three hours wait to ride the attraction.
However, we could ride the attraction 15 minutes wait since we bought an express pass.

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They sang the theme songs of Harry.

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This is a shop of magic stick.

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My daughters bought the magic stick. I was surprised that it cost 3,500 yen. (35 dollars)

Trip To Osaka

My family and I went to a trip to Osaka last weekend.Osaka is about 500 kilometers west away
from Tokyo. It takes three hours by the Shinkansen. (bullet train).
I’ll share about the trip for a while.
Culture such as food, advertisement in Osaka is slightly different from the culture in Tokyo.

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This character sells a cutlet in the front of the shop.

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This is an advertisement of noodles with slice of many porks on the top.

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This is the famous crab restaurant.

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This is also famous globefish(fugu) shop.

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This is a beaf barbecue restaurant.

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This is a character of snack company.

Myoga (Japanese Ginger)

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My wife found this myoga growing wild in our garden. She gathered them the other day. 

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These are myoga. We use them for spice  

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Esepecially, Udon( cold Japanese noodle) and myoga is great combination.

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We add it in the soup. The taste is little spicy. 

My Oldest Daughter’s Art

It has been summer vacation in an elementary school from last week. So my daughters carried their works home.
These are my oldest daughter’s works.

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This is wood craft. They show trees, leaves, wind and river.
The title is, “The world of forest.”

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This is a water painting which makes us a little cool. :D

Cold Noodle

It becomes hot day by day here. We like to eat cold cuisine during the summer. 
One of famous food in summer is cold Chinese noodle. ( 冷やし中華 hiyashichuuka ).
I often cook it at home. 

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This cold noodle set includes noodle and soup. You need to prepare only ingredient on the noodle. You boil noodle only three minute  

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I cooked this noodle today. I added cucumber, sesame, ham and tomatoes. The vegetables are from my  garden  The other basic ingredient is fried thin eggs on the noodle.
The soup tastes a bit sour. When summer arrives, Japanese people want to eat this noodel.  

Cooking Vegetables

I usually cook lunch and dinner in weekend. As I wrote, there are some kinds of vegetables from our garden. So I use them for cooking. 

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This is inside of the pumpkin.The color is less yellow than I expected. 

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This is summer curry which includs egg plants,  pumpkins, green peppers and green bean. The taste sounds more healthy than usual. 

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This is bussile tomato salada. I added olive oil, salt and vinegor. The taste is Italian.

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This is cucumber pickles tasted ume (yukari) and ginger  
The taste is Japanese.

Have a wonderful weekend  

My Daughter’s Cooking

There is a cooking class in an elementary school. My oldest daughter, 10 years old, learns how to cook basic dish. 
She wants to try the skill at home.

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This is her favorite recipe, thin fried eggs. It tastes sweet because of sugar. 

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This is a bento for me. It’s first time that my daughter cooked my bento by herself. 
The taste of this bento is priceless.

Eel Restaurant

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My family and I visited this Eel( in Japanese, Unagi ) restaurant last weekend. 

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This is a menu. Recently, the price of an eel is expensive because we can’t get many eels. We import many eels from China. (I’m not sure where this eel grew.)

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This is a lunch menu. The price is more reasonable.

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We ate this lunch eels set. It includes pickled vegetables, Japanese soup and orange jello. 

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The taste was really good. My youngest daughters also love to eat eel. 
We seldom eat eels but it’s one of out favorite events  :)

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