Osaka Day 2 and my Da Capo fandom….again
The second day of Osaka was certainly one of my more expensive days to date and for many reasons. For me one of the places I wanted to visit in Osaka was the main Volks store. The reason for me wanting to visit the main Volks store was that I wanted to see what dollfies they had available compared to the branch store in Akiba. So now that we know our bearings and how far the actual stations are, we headed off to Ebisu-cho, Osaka’s answer to Akiba. Hit the jump to read on.
One of the things I found out about the train system in Osaka is that it’s VERY different to Tokyo. Tokyo is much more simpler and I had maps of the system in both Japanese and English, however finding one for Osaka proved to be a bit more of a challenge. One other thing I find is that maps are very deceiving in how they portray distances between stations. After getting some information from the Info Desk, we were on our way to Ebisu-cho. Upon arriving I would say its not as spectacular as Akiba, but it does contains it’s otaku treasures. The stores were different to Akiba but deep down they’re all the same. Eventually we found the Volks store but I have to say, I was mildly disappointed in what they had displayed. The showcase in Akiba was much more better, but I at least saw some dollfies that had perked my interest. Although I didn’t buy anything as I didn’t want to lug one around.
Continuing on we visited a variety of stores (and my feet were still killing from before) until we came across K-Books. The strange thing we found at first was that there were two stores only a few metres apart. heading into one we came across manga, dvds, doujins and cabinet items. This is where my wallet took a pounding as I found previous Comiket items such as Nanao Naru/Noizi Ito’s collaboration work as well as one of Nanao Naru’s previous releases. Amongst the purchase was also a Hatsune Miku poster that was relatively cheap. But what really hit hard was this:
What this item is Nanao Naru’s original illustration sketches for Da Capo. The moment I saw this I simply went OMFG. Items like this is quite rare and it’s not something that you can come across everyday. With the consultation of my friends, well it’s more like they’re egging me to buy it, I gave in and bought it. If I didn’t buy this item I would have been a failure as a Da Capo fan and would have regretted it for sure. But I bet most of you are wondering how far did my Da Capo fandom cost me this time. For this book it was ¥15,376 (roughly $150 AUD). Yes my Da Capo fandom knows no bounds!
Having left K-Books full of loot and a smaller wallet, we checked out some of the other stores. The second K-Books we discovered was aimed at women, compared to the first one where it was focused for men. Other items we saw was a Gundams store that had on display the 1/12 RX-78 Gundam for only ¥300,000 (roughly $3000 AUD). Sorry no photo for that one since there were a number of people watching. Animate was also there and I had yet gain spent money but only on two albums, CooRie and yozuca*’s latest albums then headed off to have sushi for lunch.
Of course we only walked around the main street, there was still the back streets to explore. One of th stores we discovered was Melonbooks. Again the usual stuff you find in Akiba but at least this time I got to check out some of the available doujins. I did this so I had a better idea of what I would buy when I get back to Tokyo and hit up Akiba again. My friends however bought a few doujins, which is rather surprising as he’s not much into the doujins. Overall we didn’t explore all of Ebisu-cho as we didn’t know how far it expands out, and for fear of our wallets taking another hit, and so we went out to check out Tsutenkaku (Osaka Tower is what we call it). Again not knowing how the train system works and how far it was, we took a taxi to Tsutenkaku. Upon arriving we went up and had a good look at Osaka high up in the air.
On the way down we found one of those coin-operated massage chairs and I took the chance to try it out, as well as give my feet a break. With very little else planned out went back to the hotel to rest up. Having rested up, we asked the hotel staff on some recommendations for places to eat, and they pointed us to a restaurant near JR Osaka station, which was n the 27th floor.
Once we found the place, after being a little lost, we were surprised by everything as it looked so high class, and we were worried about not being able to go in, seeing how we’re all dressed in shirts and shorts, but it seems that doesn’t matter. Getting a private Japanese style room, we opted for a Japanese course again. These were what were a part of the course:
Everything was so delicious and it was also the first time I had eaten fatty tuna. Everything literally melts in your mouth. Everyone has there different definitions of high class dining depending on a number of factors, but for me, this was definitely high class. Eating quality Japanese cuisine on the 27th floor of a hotel is what I consider high class dining. it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive and in this case, it wasn’t. Afterwards we headed to cafe on the same floor for dessert where I had a mixed jelly and iced coffee as we sat relaxed, and talked. Having ice in your coffee and the cup sitting in ice is what I call iced coffee.
It had also rained before hand and knowing how far we are from the station, we took a taxi back and rested up for the night. So for the second day of Osaka it was an expensive one, and delicious one at that. And you know what, it’s only 6 days into the trip.