Friday, September 26, 2014

Sakura @Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park 鶴見緑地公園

If Sakura were a lady, she would be dainty, breathtaking, pride, and most of all, unpredictable. The forecast chart human created on her arrival was plainly a guide, to which it differs every year. To require her presence in a certain city on a certain period was pure luck. And luck was all we had on the very last day of our Osaka trip. 

Instead of browsing dozens of websites hoping to find a real time fully blossomed photo, #sakura in Instagram is no doubt the more efficient way. Having spent a considerable amount of time filtering those in Osaka only with its location geotagged, Agnes led us to the Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park.

 Then we did exactly as customary, to picnic under the sakura trees; chit-chatting while holding mouthwatering konbini food on our hands and enjoy the cool breeze that escort petals of Sakura down to the earth. 

Till we meet again, Japan.

Osaka Sakura
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura
Osaka Park
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Osaka
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura
Pink Sakura
Osaka Sakura
Sakura Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura
Osaka Sakura
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Osaka
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park Sakura

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
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