Even though we are on our way out of the country, I am excited that we managed to see yet another city we hadn’t seen before: Osaka. Our hotel is in the middle of the bustling Dotonbori entertainment quarter, only minutes on foot away from the famous crab figure and the Glico Man ad. And of course Shochikuza (松竹座), a big theater where we attended a Kabuki performance.Apart from criss-crossing our immediate neighborhood around Namba Station and trying out different styles of okonomiyaki (an Osaka specialty), we visited the famous Osaka Aquarium and took a ride on the giant ferris wheel. I like the casual and bustling atmosphere of Osaka and am a great fan of all the colorful ads, especially the crab, of course! The aquarium is located in the port area. It has a number of very big tanks grouped by region around the so-called ring of fire. What is nice is that the tanks span several stories in the building. You can view the same tanks from different levels, experiencing the fish that live on top, in the middle and on the ground separately. We were especially impressed with the whale shark, which seemed to work as a kind of bus for smaller fish which attached themselves to it and went along for a ride. The biggest drawback o fthe aquarium is that it tends to be overcrowded with school groups. Okonomiyaki you can eat at every corner here. Most restaurants have big griddles inbuilt into the tables so you can watch your okonomiyaki cook in front of you. It’s a fun experience, but maybe not the lightest meal in the world… Unfortunately our schedule did not allow for more sightseeing, such as visiting Osaka castle or some temples or shrines, but we had a good time here.