#013 Osaka, Japan

August 15-20, 2015

This is probably this third or fourth time in Kansai area. I love this place. You can take a express train wandering through Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe in less than an hour from one place to another. The food is amazing, needless to say, and the abundance of Japanese culture in Kyoto is definitely a must see. Another season I visited this place again was my reunion with friends I met in NYC.

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Bonnie

I met Bonnie when I lived in NYC and she came to visit with her friend. As my fellow Taiwanese, we didn't know each other when she first came. Known for in a party through a mutual friend and kept in touch ever since. As digital nomads/traveling enthusiastic, and we are about the same age, we understand each other immediately.

Prior to this meetup, there's one little story I need to tell. 3 months ago, back in May, when I was in Istanbul, where she introduced me to meet with her boyfriend Emre for the very first time. That was totally unplanned and I just happened to be in Istanbul. Now 3 months later, I am meeting her in Japan. For some reason, I think the world is smaller this time and you never know who you are going to encounter.

Thanks to Bonnie, I had some great Okonomiyaki (must try in Osaka) and a great day tour to Arashiyama and some yuba cuisine. Osaka will not be the same without you! :) 

 

Hotaru, Nadir, and my dancers friend

Where to begin...I met Hotaru back in 2012 when she was a student in NYC. She was the first to brought me into the dance community in NYC. Without her, I wouldn't known lots of great dancers and friends I have now. It's been more than 2 years since I last saw her and it was a great reunion. Here along with some of the new friends I met here including Nadir (whom I met in Toronto in June 2017 again.) The dance world is big yet small. It seems everybody knows everybody. I will not be surprised if I meet some new friends and we have more than 100 mutual friends! :)

 

Things I've learned in Osaka

  1. This is the third or fourth time I've been in Osaka and Kyoto. I don't even remember....the scenery is as beautiful as ever before.
  2. Tokoyaki and Okonomiyaki is the best!

 

Bonus shots in Himeji and Kobe