Thoroughly enjoyed the Japan experience this time… To start off the trip, hubs and I visited a friend we haven’t met for a long time. Have meant to visit him for 2 years! before little Eddy got in the way for a bit.
This is Dr Akihiro Minami’s clinic entrance. Looks so unassuming, considering the impressive practice that lies behind it.
We took picture with Minami せんせい — he’s the super kind looking one in the middle. ^^
He did a skin rejuvenation treatment for me, involving the use of stem cells harvested from my blood to help in regeneration of young and beautiful skin. (Ever heard of a vampire facelift???) Low downtime and promising results… Who wouldn’t try?
The dear Minami brought us out to experience the dining in Nagoya. There was this quaint little sushi restaurant. (In fact, I think most of the best foods are in quaint little places here.) It was the freshest sashimi I’ve ever had. There were tanks behind the sushi counter containing big fishes where the food on our table came straight from. :O This was prepared before us in a matter of minutes.
Japanese sweets are very in demand. Pastries topped with ice cream and savory syrups…
Shopping was the next best thing! “Made in Japan” is almost a quality assurance in itself and the designs available even in the street shops can blow your mind! You hardly see half the creativity on display in Singapore. If you shop in the big departmental stores like Daimaru, there’re also cosy cafes for you to rest your feet and refresh yourself in the midst of all the consumerism and merchandise.
Chilling with my favorite drink, Yuzu soda.
The lighted Chanel cube in Osaka!
Nutcracker Christmas at Takashimaya, Nagoya…
We visited Osaka too, for Universal Studios and more shopping. Stayed at the Ritz Carlton… They had a beautiful fireplace where guests can hang out.
Together at the fireplace!
And of course, Christmas at Universal Studios!
There was a Hello Kitty land in Universal Studios, all pink and cute and girly. I know, I know, it’s totally past my age… but I still couldn’t help being just slightly attracted to it!
Pink Macaroons hot cocoa!
Hot buns in the shape of Hello Kitty! It had pork and vegetable filling. I was actually half expecting strawberry and ice cream filling.
There’re enough Hello Kitties here to overrun the world!
While we were leaving Universal Studios, we visited the Takoyaki museum just outside the theme park. Can you believe it? A museum displaying the history of how takoyaki, the bite-sized octopus dough balls, originated and its many varieties in Osaka! Takoyaki is a much loved Japanese snack for me. In Singapore, I do prefer Takopachi to Gindaco. In Osaka, my favorite brand is Kukuru (くくる).
Five takoyaki shops all lined up for the curious to taste and discover.
There’re even D.I.Y. kits to make your own takoyaki at home!!! On hindsight… I wish I’d bought it!
Wonderful way to complete our discovery of Osaka. Good weather, good food, good shopping. What’s there to not like?? No wonder I so miss the place now! ><