a The Transit Lounge: The Big O

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Wednesday, October 7

The Big O

You know you are in Osaka when...

15. Takoyaki is more readily available than cash from an ATM.
14. You find yourself doing the running man by the Running Man.
13. Maido, okini, wakarahen, miehen, shinjirarahen, all the 'hens are the spice of life: Hello Osaka-ben!
12. You see 33 people you know between exit 14 at Namba Station and Exit 15 - and that's just crossing the street.
11. Every foreigner you meet is either an English teacher/DJ or bar/restaurant owner.
10. You can stop off for just one drink at at least 15 bars in between meeting up at Zerro and actually having dinner at Absinthe.
9. The Mother Ship still hasn't taken off - or is waiting to land, depending on which way you look at it.
8. It's honma-ni not honto-ni thank you very much!
7. Torikizoku signs blind you by night: everything is ¥280 (plus tax)...and the more you eat the cheaper it gets.
6. The garbage truck music sounds so happy, until it doesn't after you realise it has been playing for 23 minutes and has no intention of stopping for another hour.
5. You decide to go out to your favourite bar only to find in the space of 3 short days it has closed down, refurbished and re-opened as something else....another bar!
4. You can get a taxi for at least 10 minutes and still only pay ¥660 - or ¥500 if you manage to hail a cheap one.
3. There are toilets in the conbinis.
2. Alcoholic drinks cost ¥500.

And the number 1 way you know you are back in Osaka...

1. You automatically queue on the right hand side of everything. While the resst of the nation queues left, Osaka for some lovely quirky reason chooses to queue right.

And that's just the way it is.

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