Hello all! I guess most of you have already figured out that I’ve landed safe and soundly in Japan. All is good and I am extremely surprised how easy it was to settle in here. I’m actually trying to expand from food photography to street photography so now you will see snippets of my street photography too. I’ve always admired street photographers, their ability to find the beauty in something so ordinary, in something I wouldn’t even turn my head around or think twice about.

Umeda Osaka

The first place I’ll post up on is Umeda since this was kinda the first place I went to visit. To get here from the dorm we had to take the Hankyu train – they’re so cuteeee and pretty compared to the tin foil subway-ish trains.

Hankyu Osaka

The view from the train, omg:

Hankyu Osaka

HEP mall is about 8 floors of shopping with a giant ferris wheel on top. The shopping itself wasn’t that great and was so incredibly expensive. I made a beeline for the ferris wheel and did not regret it at all. It costs 500 Yen (~$6AUD) to go on it, the view from up above was so breathtaking. It actually helped to get my bearings on Umeda as I started recognising places from below when I became a mere mortal again walking on foot.

Umeda Osaka

Umeda Osaka

 Arcade buildings are about 7 floors just full of games. We spent about 2 hrs here playing games and exploring, lots of fun. I was extremely surprised to see that it wasn’t full of rowdy children, the youngest I saw was probably a high school student. A few of the exchangers got addicted to this dancing game called maimai, basically DDR with the hands.

mai mai japan


The next 3 photos below weren’t actually taken in Umeda but I love it so. The narrow streets of Japan cramped full of shops, amazing.




 Cooking Mochi

Our final stop was – get ready for it! The pokemon center <3 Childhood memories of collecting cards, singing the pokemon song came crashing back. One of the exchangers, Billy, literally shrieked and ran around the store like a fat kid missing cake.


 Pokemon Bento Box D: WANTTT

I wanted to go crazy here and just buy the whole store, but I had to force myself to restrain and not let myself go wild. I ended up buying a cute pokemon bag, justifying it by being like: “I will use this every single day in Japan, so I need it.” One of the sad things is that I don’t recognise all these new pokemon, I only know the first 150, now I think there are 600+?

pokemon bento

My Everyday Pokemon Bag ^_^

Japan you are beautiful! Everyday I feel like I’m falling in love with you more and more :D

6 comments for “Umeda

  1. September 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Hello, Hello! I grew up in Umeda vicinity! After taking 30 min of subway to Umeda, I took Hankyu train to go to school in Kobe district. Did you have time to see Osaka Castle yet? Have a wonderful time in Japan. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts from Japan.
    BTW, you are where you can indulge in varieties of desserts! :))))) Fae.

    • September 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      That is awesome! I live in suita-shi so it takes about 30 mins to go to Umeda by train too :) Haven’t seen Osaka Castle yet but will surely see it in the future. I’m excited for desserts but have no idea where to begin! Any recommendations for ones in Osaka? XD

      • November 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

        I’m sure by now you have found your way to all the dessert heavens! I enjoy reading your experience and suggestions. I just came home from 6 weeks of trip to Australia and New Zealand. Visited your beautiful Adelaide. What an awesome city. Enjoy Japan, looking forward t read more. :D Fae.

        • November 26, 2012 at 8:48 pm

          Haha yes it is a dessert heaven here, I’ve had so many random discoveries! I hope you got to experience the wonderful food, desserts and wine of Adelaide. Thank you for stopping by, hope you had a lovely trip :)

  2. September 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Glad to see that you are settling in! Have a wonderful time over there – I absolutely loved Japan!

    • September 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Thank you! I love Japan, it’s so pretty and amazing. Can never go wrong with the food here too ;)

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