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  • Good morning.

  • Good morning guys from Japan.

  • From Japan.

  • So this is our first full day here.

  • Yes.

  • We arrived last night absolutely knackered.

  • Jet lagged.

  • So we ended up sleeping in.

  • Like we had two different sleeps.

  • Like we woke up in the middle of the night we were on our computers and now we needed

  • a second sleep and now it is like almost 10 am.

  • Ten thirty?

  • I think it is 10 in the morning.

  • Yeah.

  • So we're like a little bit confused.

  • A little bit dazed but we figured let's go get some food.

  • Yes.

  • This is going to be brunch I guess.

  • Brunch.

  • And the plan today is to just wander around.

  • Yeah.

  • See what Osaka is all about.

  • Yeah, basically this is going to be our first impressions of Japan.

  • First impressions of Japan.

  • Our first full day here in Japan.

  • There we go.

  • Super excited.

  • Let's get it started.

  • Food!

  • So this is something that I'm finding interesting already.

  • In this street you have these vending machines just put in some coinage.

  • Yeah and they are everywhere.Get yourself a drink.

  • They are everywhere.

  • And it looks like cold drinks.

  • I wonder if these are heated.

  • No those are cold coffees.

  • Cold coffees.

  • Yeah.

  • There you go but I think we need something more substantial.

  • I could probably use a cold coffee with a big infusion of caffeine.

  • A jolt.

  • This isn't a bad idea if you are like on your way to work.

  • Yeah.

  • And you are running late you just grab a coffee from here.

  • Especially if you don't have time to brew one at home you just grab a cold coffee to

  • go.

  • Look.

  • With lots of caffeine.

  • There is black and cafe au lait.

  • Interesting.

  • We are also just noticing a lot of people riding their bikes which for me is so unusual

  • to see in a city.

  • I would expect everyone to get around by metro but no you see people in like business suits

  • riding their bikes.

  • People doing groceries riding their bikes.

  • And there is lots of bike racks as well so I think this is a common mode of transportation.

  • Pretty cheap as well.

  • So when we first arrived like we did a little walk around our neighborhood and we didn't

  • see a grocery store nearby just some convenience stores but look it is right here.

  • We found it.

  • And Sam loves a supermarket.

  • So here we go.

  • Something called Sokanbicha.

  • This looks interesting.

  • So what did we get?

  • Alright so we've decided to eat at family mart because the restaurants were just not

  • open.

  • We walked around for a while.

  • Yeah and it is always fun to eat at a convenience store.

  • So we're going to have what we thought we were having last night.

  • Remember the pork cutlet that turned out to be fish.

  • This should be pork cutlet.

  • Yeah.

  • With melted cheese.

  • Right.

  • And then we got some sushi.

  • So this looks really good too.

  • And some tea.

  • This is Oolong tea.

  • And all 3 of those came to just over a thousand Yen which is actually slightly under ten US

  • dollars.

  • Okay let's try this.

  • So opening this up.

  • It looks so nice and warm.

  • And something else I found just now guys.

  • Oh wow.

  • A second container.

  • So it doesn't get soggy.

  • They separate the rice from the meat.

  • So you can decide how to eat them.

  • Interesting.

  • So I'm going to grab a little rice.

  • Oh wow.

  • It is thick.

  • Thick on there.

  • Okay.

  • Grab a bit of that.

  • Working those chopsticks.

  • Mmmm.

  • It has got a bit of a sweet sauce.

  • Yeah lots of gravy on it.

  • Yeah.

  • It is really good.

  • Have it with a bit of rice.

  • Mmmm.

  • It is going to be a good lunch.

  • Good stuff.

  • Alright guys.

  • Time for sushi.

  • This was my pick.

  • When in Japan.

  • When in Japan.

  • Mmmm.

  • A one biter.

  • A one biter.

  • This is pretty good for convenience store sushi.

  • Yeah.

  • I'm really liking it.

  • Are you?

  • Mmmhmm.

  • Wow.

  • Okay so now that we've had some food we are just walking to the metro station.

  • And we are thinking of visiting Osaka Castle because why not.

  • Okay so here we go.

  • First press the English button.

  • Ticket.

  • I think it is subway.

  • Oh one ticket.

  • Uh huh.

  • Then you press which line is it on?

  • Good question.

  • Oh we are on the Nagohori line.

  • Okay.

  • But I can't find it.

  • Haha.

  • This is interesting.

  • Haha.

  • We have finally figured out our mistake.

  • We need to put money in first.

  • So let's try this again.

  • A big problem is like I have lots of Canadian coins.

  • Very smart.

  • Not my smartest moment.

  • Okay so hopefully here we go again.

  • English.

  • Ticket.

  • One ticket.

  • Subway.

  • And now it says please insert money.

  • No the coins go in there.

  • Oh right here.

  • Yeah.

  • Oh yes it is working.

  • They take 10s.

  • They take 50s.

  • Oh and this is how we figure out the price.

  • It says here 230.

  • There we go.

  • So the price is right here.

  • Now we know.

  • Now we know how it works.

  • We figured it out.

  • Oh my gosh.

  • It is actually pretty simple.

  • Watch this.

  • This is going to make our lives so much easier.

  • This should be the exact amount.

  • There you go.

  • Look and then you can press over here.

  • This is the fare button.

  • 230.

  • Check that out guys.

  • Excellent so we've got a ticket for one person.

  • We've got a ticket.

  • Now we're going to do the whole thing again.

  • So when it comes to buying tickets we also have this massive map and shows you the fare

  • for each station.

  • Because based on where you are going you pay a certain price and it is all in Japanese

  • but it is also number coated so then when you come over here you find your stations

  • name and there is also a little number next to it.

  • For example we are going to Osaka Business Park N21.

  • Osaka Castle.

  • Prrr.

  • Is that a purring cat?

  • Haha.

  • It is or a pigeon.

  • Haha.

  • Anyways continuing with first impressions we've made it to the park.

  • Yeah.

  • What is a it called?

  • Osaka Castle Park.

  • Yes.

  • Osaka Castle Business Park that is where we got off.

  • That is where it is.

  • Um but yeah something we've noticed is that it is very quiet here.

  • Yeah.

  • Not just in the park but the city in general.

  • We noticed there is very little noise pollution.

  • Yeah.

  • Like even when people are out and about no one is being rowdy.

  • Everyone is just soft spoken and there is a sense of tranquility even though we're in

  • a big city.

  • Yeah that is really true.

  • I don't know why I was expecting it to be more busy and crowded.

  • Yeah.

  • But it has been kind of a nice surprise so far.

  • I mean we are heading to Tokyo soon and I'm sure we'll get our dose of that.

  • Our impressions may change.

  • Yes.

  • It will definitely be more crowded there.

  • But yeah so far it has been quieter.

  • I've also noticed um like I don't think we are experiencing as much culture shock as

  • someone who has never been to Asia before would in Japan.

  • Yes.

  • Because we have spent considerable time in Korea and Taiwan, Hong Kong.

  • I've been to Shanghai.

  • So there is definitely some similarities.

  • Mmmhmm.

  • But um so far we are loving it.

  • We are loving the nature too.

  • There is a lot of green spaces.

  • Yes.

  • I even noticed in some back alleys while we were walking this morning that people were

  • like tending to little gardens and things.

  • Like even in like areas where there doesn't even appear to be any space for these gardens

  • but you just notice a lot of greenery.

  • Pockets.

  • Yeah.

  • Just little Oasis.

  • Oasises?

  • Oasis.

  • Yeah.

  • I don't think that is a word.

  • Probably not.

  • Haha.

  • Anyways we've been really enjoying it so far and yeah this is just the start.

  • The update is we are going back to the apartment for a little nap.

  • And then we'll head out later in the afternoon.

  • I'm not sure what we'll do yet.

  • We made it to Co Co Curry.

  • We sure did.

  • And they have a very extensive menu.

  • Like it was they have the classic ones like with the pork cutlet.

  • The chicken and beef.

  • Then they have all of these like variations too.

  • Which is interesting.

  • Hot dogs.

  • There was a burger that was oozing out cheese.

  • There is fried chicken.

  • I forget where that one is.

  • Yeah.

  • Look at all of these different ones.

  • You can even go vegetables if you want.

  • Yes.

  • And this is the Japanese curry not an Indian curry.

  • And this is something I really want to point out.

  • It is really really cool.

  • Is you can choose the amount of rice you want.

  • Yeah.

  • So this is the base rice.