I love these mats so much that I decided to take pictures of them. They're so cushy and easy to walk on but you can stand stuff up on them just like hardwood floor. You can't get rug burn from them, either.
On Saturday, we took the train to Osaka-Abenobashi, a station right near Tennoji.
|Walking to Fujiidera.|
|The train schedule.|
We took the same train to the same station again, but instead of transferring, we walked out into the city.
|According to Ayaka, this is the tallest building in Japan.|
I think she was mistaken.
|Not even by going to a different country|
can I escape construction.
First, we headed to a mall just across the street called "Q's Mall."
|Some interesting advertising on a clothes store.|
|Not even by going to a different country|
can I escape these hideous shoes.
|A very famous Japanese clothes store.|
|Apparently, Japanese celebrate father's day, too.|
|I almost bought one of these.|
|There was a game where you could pay to throw|
shurikens for prizes. the girl running the game
could get a bullseye every time.
It wasn't too long before we were done there, and we decided to split up. We were to meet in the nearby food court in 2 hours.
I started walking around with a cool guy named Wataru. We went to a music store that had a wall of guitars rivaling Guitar Center, and to a Sharper Image-type store that sold all kinds of goofy and/or cool stuff. However, I wasn't really that interested in anything the mall had to offer, so it was just us walking around talking for a while. After maybe 40 minutes, we went back up to where we started, and met up with Jake and Christian.
There was something interesting going on outside, so we stopped to look.
|The view from that level of the mall.|
We watched them for quite a while, because there wasn't really anything else to do. It was mesmerizing. It's called Gibbon Slacklines. It's kind of like an extreme sport.
Finally, it had been almost 2 hours, so we went back inside to the food court. There's this place called Mos Burger in Japan that I wanted to try, so I did. I just got the regular "Mos Burger." It's a very appealing name, I know.
|In Japan, stores are really vertical. The idea of a store|
being only on the third floor was kind of weird to me.
|I only took one picture, because I didn't want to|
cause any trouble.
After spending not nearly enough time in there, I managed to decide on a few things and then I checked out. They gave me a points card too. Nifty. I would be coming back soon.
Some of the girls wanted to do Purikura. I was about to enter a whole new world of Japanese weirdness. We headed back to the mall. These Japanese photo booths were in the arcade.
|There is a shop set up here for palm reading.|
Really. I'm not joking.
The arcade was really crowded and loud. It was dark, despite the numerous flashing lights of all colors. We made our way to the back of the huge arcade, where the Purikura is.
|It was crowded outside the arcade, too.|
There was a crowd of people cheering on
this guy playing the taiko drum game.
|These are not the photo booths you're used to.|
|The inside of the booth. It was big enough for several people.|
|Omikuji. I asked Ayaka why they are sold and tied here|
inside the arcade, but even when she explained it to me,
I didn't get it.
|An image warning delicate young girls about the|
dangers of men in arcades.
|There were games in the arcade you'd never|
see in America, like Mario Kart.
|There were some interesting people at the station.|
On the way home, we changed our plans a little. We decided to go to Karaoke! Again!
Some of us weren't really feeling it, so they went home. Losers...
We were going to go to karaoke there right by the train station, but it was expensive, and there was a wait, so we decided to return to Fujiidera first, and go to the same place we went before. This time I had my student ID, so I got a discount!
|Wanted: Dead or alive.|
|Kilo, frontin' like a mad gangsta.|
We were in a different room, and the karaoke machine was slightly different. I didn't like it as much, because it seemed to have a smaller selection. It was still really fun though.
After our hour was up, we went to the grocery store inside the mall to get some food, and then we went right back in. I guess they don't care if you bring food or drink in, which is strange, since they sell food. And drink.
And And that pretty much sums up that day. Probably the busiest day I had so far.