Monday, June 1, 2015

A Day in Osaka

I'm a day late and I plead BookExpo overload. But I'm very happy to start off June with the name of the winner of the Japan Momento Giveaway.  Pepe Le Monkee chose the winner and it's Paula Kaye at Smidgens, Snippets & Bits. Paula, I hope you enjoy these momentos of Japan.

Osaka Castle 

  I am always pleased when I receive a request from a reader to feature photographs from a place I've visited. I thought I might have overdone showing my pictures of Japan and Korea, but my friend Pat asked for pictures of Osaka, and I am happy to oblige. I had the pleasure of meeting Pat on our trip, but because of flight mishaps she missed our day in Osaka.

Our tour began in Osaka, a major financial and commercial city in Japan. Only one day was scheduled there -- not enough time to do justice to all that the city offered and it seemed we literally raced through it. The first stop was the sixteenth century Osaka Castle, an important site in Japanese history.

 I know this photo has very little to do with Japanese history, but I had never seen a cat in a carrier touring historic sites anywhere. History-loving cat and friend were happy to pose for a picture at the Osaka Castle.
 
 A view of the Castle from the Osaka Museum of History
 
10,000 yen is equal to $80.00 US
 
I love visiting grocery stores when I travel and I was eager to see the treasures in Japan. Department store basements have groceries, which are very, very nice and my first stop in Osaka was visiting the department store next to my hotel. I planned to buy dinner and explore, and I had a great time doing both. One of the things that caught my attention was the display of fruit. Japan is a physically small country that has little arable land, and fruit is mostly imported and expensive. These melons were in the gourmet section and packaged for gift giving, and yes, the least expensive is $80.00 USD. I have a new appreciation for the bounty of our grocery stores. and I doubt if I will ever complain about fruit prices again.    
 
The weather has taken some wild twists and turns here in New York. Yesterday it was humid and summery with thunderstorms and today was in the fifties, and it was definitely jacket weather. I promised myself that once winter was over I would not complain about the weather, but I was tempted. It was chilly and I wanted spring.
 
As ever thanks for visiting and take good care.   
 
 

12 comments:

Terra said...

I like the man and his cat, perhaps the cat will write a book. That is one expensive melon!

Paula Kaye said...

Holy Moly! I cannot believe the price of those cantaloupe. We are very spoiled in the states and yet even some of our prices are very high. I loved the picture of the man with the cat. I have seen people with dogs on tours, but never one with a cat! What a hoot! Loved the castle too. I am over-joyed to have won your give-away. Thanks for much.

TARYTERRE said...

I loved the tour of Osaka. The castle is lovely. The kitty in the arm sling is cute. Mine would never sit still to do such a thing. Shocked at the cost of those melons. I guess they pay the price because it is such a precious commodity. I will never take fresh fruit for granted again.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Maybe it was "Take Your Cat to a Museum Day".

Holy melon, really, holy melon! I wonder how much a water melon would go for?

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think if everyone knew just how blessed we are in all that we have, they'd appreciate it more for sure. We take for granted all the wonderful veggies and fruit we have here in our country. I'm glad you got the opportunity to see so many wonderful things and I am thankful you for share the pictures.

Theresa said...

DANG, that is some expensive fruit! I will not complain when I shop for fruit ever again, I promise! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I love the photo of the castle set among the modern buildings. I have a melon that needs to be eaten - I will be sure to count my blessings that it didn't cost $80! Thank you for stopping by and for your sweet comments. xo Karen

Susie said...

Buttercup, At that price, melon would be off my shopping list. LOL. Wow...too scary. Love the cat carrier. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Stephanie said...

Hi Sweet friend! It was such a joy to stop in for a visit :) How sweet is that cat! It put a smile on my face :)

Thinking of you, dear Carol. Love and hugs!

Joy said...

I am happy that you shared bits and pieces from Japan:)

Sola Scriptura said...

Wow! I now have a new appreciation for fruit, and melons in particular. It's so interesting to know how valuable it is in another part of the world. I love your pictures :)

Simple Home said...

Oh my, I didn't realize fruit could be so expensive! I too, take the prices here for granted. Great photos!