Sooo, we've got the boring stuff out of the way, all settled in here at Kyoto. From here we're gonna attack a few other cities over the next couple days before finishing up with some sights in Kyoto. Mostly, I'm scheduling stuff based on what the weather's doing so today we're running away from clouds and light drizzle in Kyoto and hopping over to Osaka where we've just some overcast skies.
Osaka has it's roots as a thriving merchant town and a primary source of trade in both goods and culture between Japan and it's neighbours. Osaka proper is crisscrossed by a series of large canals to facilitate this that remain in place and in use to this day. We're going to start our visit by going to Osaka Castle; built to secure and protect the vital trade hub.
Moving on, we stop for lunch below the Osaka Museum of History and chow down on curry rice and pork cutlet:
then head upstairs to the museum itself. The museum focuses on Osaka's history, behaviour at the court while it was there, and the build up of the merchant culture that would drive the city's success both in the past and going forward. From here I'd work my way over to the Osaka International Peace Centre which is heavily focused on the damage done to Osaka by the incendiary bombs during WW2, the events in Asia that led to the war and it's outcome, and then current threats to the world; both military and environmental. It's an interesting and sobering series of displays that reminds one of the devastation wrought by "Total War" doctrine and doesn't try to dodge issues or paint Japan in a positive light.
Next up, I go south to Tennoji Park and the temples nearby. On the way there I find one way to deal with a busy intersection - a circular pedestrian overpass:
Don't ask me what the mane is; I have no clue. It's white though.
Tomorrow's forecast: sunny, hot, chance of deer.
(PS: "Remember dear, we're parked in 'Hello Kitty'")