75 days remaining (5 until Hokkaido)

OSAKA CITY DAY: shocking sleep…’SLEEP FREE CAMPING MIDDLE OF MAJOR CITY’ comes at price of no sleep…In Japanese Cultural Heartland OSAKA YOUTH set-up camp as Clan Carroll unzipping their sleeping bags…OSAKA YOUTH proceed make much merriment all night…ALL night…ALL…NIGHT…OSAKA YOUTH GIRLS very high pitched giggly…as sun begins to rise OSAKA YOUTH pack up, clean up (only in Japan) load bicycles (saving grace) and leave no trace of all-night-party merriment torture…

Clan Carroll spend day OSAKA bleary eyed…much coffee drunk…no OSAKA YOUTH assaulted…walk past impressive impenetrable OSAKA castle: HISTORY ALERT: built…flattened…built….flattened (by own people rather than giving enemy the satisfaction)….built (satisfaction of asking hefty entry fee)…NEXT…JAPAN HEARTLAND CULTURAL ALERT: Famous Blade Runner inspired DOTONBORI canal road great for learning Chinese & Korean language…

Clan Carroll return peaceful city park bleary eyed (now history & culturally fattened)…Heidi & Brad get smashed on two draught beers (each!) while Sam & Joe play with Japanese Children pulling freshwater crayfish out pond…listen the sound bicycles rolling past…listen the man practising his trumpet…listen chatter groups mothers strolling by…listen chatter young people…breakdancing…the silence of practising yoga…choreography martial arts…of modern dance…old people…disabled people…fat (not many)…thin…listen the sad roar of caged white lion nearby circus tent…there is also an elephant and giraffe…Japan warts & all…

Tonight pray that families who have now filled the FREE CAMPSITE show mercy on Clan Carroll. Tomorrow they load up and head out for next HISTORICAL & CULTURAL destination…using Gold Dust cycle tourist specific WARMSHOWERS (French Couple) as base to then visit NARA…

Time lapse human river HERE

  
Day begins practising knot tying daddies shoes…great hilarity and fun

  
Then find old men flying paper aeroplanes

  
In boxes

  
On bicycles 😀❤️

  
First Westeners more impressed with Osaka Castle than Joe and Sam

 

Hordes of non-Japanese

  
Unusual Japanese ‘moderation’

  
  
OSAKA likes their bicycles…home of SHIMANO

  
’nuff  said

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