Monday, September 22, 2014

Lucky Owl Café @Osaka

Big round innocent eyes, soft fluffy feathers and the possibility of going up-close with these wisdom animals were what on our mind when we walked into this owl café by chance. At a mere 1,000yen we were given the freedom to caress, take photos, and sip a drink of our choice within an hour timeframe. 

While some owls were born naturally to please the crowd in their most innocent/hilarious look, others got their “back-off” sign written all over. 

Only when the local TV crew came over to film these owls do I see the pity side of these adorable little creatures; the humongous camcorder along with video light alarmed the owls, flapping their wings in futile attempt to flee on tethered legs. It was almost heart-breaking to witness. 

An entertainer by day when they the nocturnal should be sleeping, a product for sale at 6 figures in yen, a captive to which no crime was committed, a wild creature where its future is to be domesticated; I see no signs of these owls being any closer to what the café title suggests, but the very opposite.

Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Osaka Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Osaka Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Osaka Owl Cafe
Lucky Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Osaka Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe
Japan Owl Cafe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kuromon Market 黒門市場 @Osaka

Like Nishiki Market to Kyoto, Osaka has its very own “kitchen” right here at Kuromon Market. The scale may not be as big, but there is no lack of food here. Literally means “black door”, Kuromon offers a more unique eat-on-the-spot experience; packs and packs of seafood sashimi featuring the best cut of tuna, steaming kushiyaki (skewers), grilled scallops as big as my palm, fugu (pufferfish), bento, sushi, tempura, obanyaki, kobe beef…really, there is no end to the list. Here at Kuromon, anyone can feast from one end to another for a fraction of the price. 

One thing to note though is that some of the hawkers may not be as accommodating to tourists, especially those with cameras. In certain stalls, conditions have been set whereby they only sell the merchandises to Japanese, or Japanese-speaking tourists only. 

Nevertheless, Kuromon Market is still the place to be for foodies.

Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market Osaka
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market Osaka
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market
Kuromon Market

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