Destination: Kishiwada Castle (Osaka, Japan)

Destination: Kishiwada Castle (Osaka, Japan)

The picturesque Kishiwada Castle rests in a quiet corner of Osaka, somewhat removed from the busyness of a large city. Japanese castles are often surrounded by a moat, and this one was no exception. Walk around to the front entrance – and the only connection...
Life in Korea: Doing a visa run, Osaka style

Life in Korea: Doing a visa run, Osaka style

Note: ‘Life in Korea’ posts are geared towards the newer expats amongst us. If you have a more experienced perspective, feel free to comment below. Currency exchange note: As of the published date of this post, 1 Japanese yen was worth about 13 Korean won...
Destination: Namba City (Osaka, Japan)

Destination: Namba City (Osaka, Japan)

Edited to remove a slightly inaccurate reference to Japanese – see the comments for details. Namba Station could easily be considered the heart of southern downtown Osaka (Minami, or ‘South’, is another name). On one hand there is all the shopping...
Destination: Osaka Castle (Osaka, Japan)

Destination: Osaka Castle (Osaka, Japan)

The ginkgo leaves surrounding Osaka Castle and park welcome you. First built in 1496 by a high-ranking monk, Osaka Castle has seen about as much warfare, destruction, and reconstruction as most Korean palaces. Today’s incarnation of the eight-story castle serves...