Where The Wind Takes Me – Day 10

Where The Wind Takes Me Series - Table of Contents

EntryNotable Places/EventsStart of DayEnd of Day
Day 0 - Apr 21-22 2024Plane (Edmonton > Tokyo)Edmonton, CanadaTokyo, Japan
Day 1 - Tue Apr 23 2024Akihabara, Sensoji, Tokyo Sky Arena, Taiwan Food FestivalTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 2 - Wed Apr 24 2024Nezu Shrine, Tokyo National MuseumTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 3 - Thu Apr 25 2024Akihabara, Ginza, Yurakucho, Bocchi the Rock! Exhibition (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 4 - Fri Apr 26 2024Craft Gyoza Fes, Niku Fes, Odaiba, Kameido Tenjin ShrineTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 5 - Sat Apr 27 2024Niconico Chokaigi 2024Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 6 - Sun Apr 28 2024M3-53Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 7 - Mon Apr 29 2024Train (Tokyo > Osaka)Tokyo, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 8 - Tue Apr 30 2024Tsurumibashi, Expo Commemorative Park, Osaka Station (with Miyu)Osaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 9 - Wed May 01 2024Kyoto, Takenobu Inari Shrine, SaiinOsaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 10 - Thu, May 02 2024Train (Osaka > Tokyo)Osaka, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 11 - Fri May 03 2024Reitaisai 21Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 12 - Sat May 04 2024Japan Jam 2024 (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 13 - Sun May 05 2024National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 14 - Mon May 06 2024Haneda International Airport, Plane (Tokyo > Taipei), Liaoning Night MarketTokyo, JapanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 15 - Tue May 07 2024Taipei Main Station Underground Mall, Ximending Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 16 - Wed May 08 2024Shilin Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 17 - Thu May 09 2024Raohe Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 18 - Fri May 10 2024Songjiang Market, Guang Hua Digital Plaza, Shida Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 19 - Sat May 11 2024Dihua Street, Huaxi Street Night Market, Guangzhou Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 20 - Sun May 12 2024Gongguan Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 21 - Mon May 13 2024Plane (Taipei > HK), Train (HK > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelTaipei, TaiwanGuangzhou, China
Day 22 - Tue May 14 2024Zhongfu Square, Alpaca Sighting (with Kel), Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 23 - Wed May 15 2024Panyu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 24 - Thu May 16 2024Nancun Wanbo (with Kel), Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 25 - Fri May 17 2024Train (Guangzhou > Xiamen), Zhongshan RoadGuangzhou, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 26 - Sat May 18 2024Xiamen Railway StationXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 27 - Sun May 19 2024Mingfa Shopping MallXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 28 - Mon May 20 2024Train (Xiamen > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelXiamen, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 29 - Tue May 21 2024Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 30 - Wed May 22 2024Tianhe Computer Town, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 31 - Thu May 23 2024Comic City, Shangxiajiu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 32 - Fri May 24 2024Train (Guangzhou > Hong Kong)Guangzhou, ChinaHong Kong, China

Thursday, May 02 2024 (Day 10)

The bulk of this day was spent on checking out from my Osaka lodging, taking a slow, nearly 3-hour bullet train back to Tokyo, and then checking in to my new place. My next two days will be fairly busy with lots of walking, and today was a luggage-moving day which can always be a bit taxing, so I wanted to largely take it easy today.

I checked out without incident around 10:00 am, which was as late as I could stay at the place before I would be charged an extra day, and then ambled over to Shin-Osaka station to wait for my bullet train at 12:03 pm. Surprise surprise, there was no rain today.

I saw one of the stores selling character goods for this character at Shin-Osaka Station, and this was a character that I’d also seen several times before on my trip while walking around, and I had even asked Miyu about it on Tuesday when we were strolling around regular Osaka Station. Miyu explained that the character’s name was Opanchu Usagi, and that it was from some social media video or something that had gone viral some time ago and become very popular in Japan. I thought it was a really ugly character design though:

I had a couple snacks I wanted to try out after reading about them in Soranews24, a tourist-facing English newspaper about Japan. The first was this roasted tea donut from Mister Donut (local), and so I bought one of them when I passed the Mister Donut store at Shin-Osaka Station.

It was a bit softer than I expected and also more sugary than I liked, but otherwise was doughnut… ty, with a vague green tea sort of scene to it. Cool. The second item is a bit further down the page.

As is my tradition, I also bought an ekiben, or train bento, to eat while on the bullet train. This time it was an Uzumasa Bento from Delica Station, and while I didn’t take a picture of the outside of the box, the inside looked like this:

Despite people saying that the shinkansen were very busy during Golden Week, the trains that I took both ways between Tokyo and Osaka were not crowded at all — or rather, the regular reserved carriage that I was in was sparsely occupied, maybe only 20% full at any given time at all. I have never sat in either the non-reserved carriages or the premium Green Car (first-class) carriages though, so I don’t know if either of those ones were fuller than normal. Or maybe it was because I was in an “S Work Seat” carriage which was meant for people who wanted to work (defined as people who wanted to use powered mobile devices — no one really was actually “working” at all). Those seats cost the same as a regular reserved carriage seat though, and the train stations at Tokyo and Shin-Osaka were no more busy than normal that I noticed either, so I didn’t get to experience this supposed Golden Week surge of activity in bullet train use at all.

Anyway, fast forward a few hours, and I found myself back in Tokyo one more time. I had cancelled and rebooked my exact lodging a couple of times over the past week, and the one I finally settled on was a 3-storey building with rental apartments in the Yoga (Youga) neighbourhood in Western Tokyo, not far at all from Sangenjaya and the gyoza festival that I had visited the other day.

The outside of the building looked like this:

This is the view from halfway up the stairs leading to my room (unit 205):

And the outside of my room:

The inside of the room was rather small, though not as tiny as the one I was in for a full week just last week. The actual living room was cozy:

But the toilet was awfully cramped. And there was no bidet. Is this even really Japan without a bidet?

I liked this table so much that I moved the television onto the floor and moved the table to the couch where I would spend most of my next 3 days when in the apartment. The table was at the perfect height and size for my laptop.

There were stairs leading up to a loft area with a bed, but I never used this. The wooden stairs were rickety and the rungs were not horizontal (they were turned a little and spaced rather far apart so coming down it was a bit painful and dangerous), and the upstairs neighbour was noisy so the last thing I wanted was to put my head and ears closer to them. I just slept on the wide couch with all the provided pillows and sheets instead.

This is the view out the window, mind the meshing:

Nearly all Airbnb and Booking.com and other rental places have little guidebooks explaining how to do things around the house, how to check in/out, and interesting places nearby. This particular entry made me laugh though:

And later on in the evening, I found two friends hiding in the storage closet that lacked a handle but that I pried open using a hook placed at the top of the door:

After resting for a bit, I then went for a walk around the neighbourhood, looking for dinner as well as interesting sights. I walked from my local station, Yoga Station, all the way to the neighbouring station, Sakura-Shimmachi Station, and then walked all the way back. This took about 15 minutes each way.

I stopped for dinner on the way back at some Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant named Osaka Ohsho, even though I was no longer in Osaka, and I ordered some Fire Ramen with fried rice and gyoza. I could feel the spice, but I still barely broke a sweat at it even after adding some ground chilli to it.

I also bought a couple snacks home to try tonight and over the next couple nights. Firstly, a Bacon Potato Pie from McDonald’s, courtesy of this other article from Soranews24 (local), It was.. okay. It tasted like McDonald’s apple pie, which I’ve tried before back in Canada, just with a less sweet stuffing inside. Then, a chocolate coronet from a supermarket called Fuji Supermarket, as well as some of what is basically mashed potato powder from Calbee. Just add hot water, the bag says.

I spent most of the rest of the night catching up on some work tickets, writing this shortened blog post (as the website host was very slow and basically unusable for large swathes of time), watching my favourite streamers, fiddling around with settings for a new Steam game, and planning my schedule for the 3rd convention that I was attending the next day.

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