Fun times in Osaka

Vagabond Tim
I stepped onto the train intending to go one station and then switch immediately to the airport shuttle. When the doors to the train closed I turned and much to my surprise saw a familiar face, in a country I am not from, on a train I should not be on.

I recognized Nicola from the tea ceremony in Kyoto the day earlier, so we decided to spend the morning exploring Osaka’s shopping district. After a few hours of wandering around I was introduced to another friend of hers who was from Osaka and from what I remember through the haze either made electronic music himself or was part of a group that did so.

After some further exploring the city and watching Yasuke both design some shoes at the Nike store and drool over new laptops at the Apple store we decided it was close enough to the time the bars open to begin drinking in preparation for a farewell to Japan.

It was about this point Nicola bailed on us to nerd out with some Japanese textbooks in preparation for some exam. Not to be deterred we increased our consumption to compensate for her loss.

After a half dozen beer at a pair of coffee shops we found a restaurant that had both cheap food and highballs, we stayed there until it was time to catch my train to the airport. Yasuke informed me that a bus leaving from nearby actually got there sooner and we would be able to have another round if I caught that instead, so a quick round later we stumbled out into the street towards the bus stand.

The weight of my backpack combined with the limited amount of blood now coursing through my alcohol soaked veins made remaining upright something of a challenge, luckily I was rescued from the bushes that attacked me so suddenly by my inebriated cohort and we pressed on.

Finally seated in my bus and headed for the airport I breathed a slightly flammable sigh of relief and settled in to the gently spinning seat. Upon arrival at the airport I was pleasantly informed that my flight had left three hours ago and they were closing for the evening, luckily the airports net cafe never closes so I was able to spend the night there.

You may remember her from the background of the tea ceremony photos.

I blame her entirely for derailing my plans to be crummy and anti-social all day

Yasuke was a blast to hang out with but alas I neglected to get any contact info for either of them.

Yasuke was a blast to hang out with but alas I neglected to get any contact info for either of them.

Sleeping on stairs was on my list alongside spending the night in a net cafe so I suppose it was a win

Sleeping on stairs was on my list alongside spending the night in a net cafe so I suppose it was a win

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