82 :: 大阪 JAPAN DAY 2

DAY 2 LET’S HAVE KOBE BEEF

KERA ARENA

This is the day that can be considered as the day Yooker aka me- spends the most money in the group. KERA ARENA (Kera shop)be the death of me. Carrying a lot of different brands in the building, I mainly wanted to shop for my favorite – ALGONQUINS.

Before we went there, we did stop by Closet Child. Closet Child is a shop that sells some new, but mainly preloved lolita and gothic/punk clothing. We spent most of the time in there looking for a lolita skirt for our friend. I didn’t see anything I really liked (there were a few from Vivienne Westwood but they were too expensive) After getting what we needed, we walked to Starbucks right next to the KERA building as it was really cold out.

View from inside Starbucks.

I collect Starbucks tumblers so I got one of Osaka. I forgot what drink it was but it was pumpkin (not pumpkin spice latte though).

I forgot the price of the drinks there but I’m quite surprised they have a “small” there, which is smaller than a Tall sized drink. The variety of snacks and desserts there was pretty impressive as well.

——– THIS IS THE PART WHERE JQ AND I WENT CRAZY AND NEVER TOOK ANY PICS CAUSE WE WERE TOO BUSY JUST BUYING STUFF SO I’LL SKIP IT AND TELL A SHORT STORY AT THE END TOGETHER WITH THE LOOT PICTURE ——–

ALICE ON WEDNESDAY

The entrance of Alice On Wednesday.

This is an Alice In Wonderland inspired place, it sells items from stationeries to teacups, to diaries, even snacks and jewelry. They only limit a certain amount of people going in at a time so there’s usually a queue outside the place. Lucky for us we got in pretty quickly. I didn’t manage to get pictures inside as it was pretty crowded. But the pricing for the stuff inside is quite high, we didn’t get much.

Lucky we got there earlier as it was getting more crowded!

We did walk around a little more the area but after that, we hopped onto a train and made our way to Kobe for dinner! Next, the best dinner of the trip — Kobe beef!

焼肉バル La Shomon

Before Kobe, I did some research and came across a place called La Shomon on Kobe, as recommended by a YouTuber I follow — Mark Weins, and might I add that coming to La Shomon was the best decision we made. The place wasn’t hard to find, we managed to get there without getting lost (surprisingly)

The owner of this restaurant is actually French if memory serves me correctly, but she’s been in Japan for many years. The staff are really friendly and helpful with the menu. We were seated at the counter so we got to watch them prepare the meat.

All Kobe is wagyu but not all wagyu is Kobe.

I always thought they were the same thing but apparently not. Google the phrase up and you’ll see the difference haha. Let me just continue the post by spamming some photos of the Kobe beef itself.

 

Look at the marbling on the meat. It literally melts in your mouth

I can never eat beef back here in Malaysia again. (I hold that true cause I ate beef less than 3 times after coming back for a year+). We got to talk to the owner for a bit and were also offered free ice cream (yay). Then she proceeded to give us a huge calendar, featuring sumo wrestlers, it was a funny moment but I loved it.

Bonus: The manager was super cute!! And that’s the owner of La Shomon on the left side of the picture.

 After dinner, we had to catch the train back to Osaka. We also bought KFC as takeout as well to bring back, in case we get hungry later.

Kobe was extremely cold due to the wind, Xan made the heatpack into an icepack instead. Everytime I warm it up and pass it to her, it turns cold instead. I remember the realfeel temperature was -7c (even though it was actually around 4c that time)

The very last part of the post — LOOTS OF THE DAY.

It may not look like there’s as many items compared to the day before, but it was definitely more expensive compared to our Day 1 loots. JQ and I each got something from Algonquins (me a shirt and her a pair of pants) Which the shirt itself was ¥13000 (approx $120USD) and the pants around ¥8000~9000? ($72~80USD). Also, best thing there- Sumo calendar.

Short story time– Since my total was over ¥10000, I was entitled to a lucky draw. I wasn’t paying attention to what she said the prizes were, I only remembered being asked to just pick a card inside the box and then tear it open to see. So I did. The moment I showed the staff the card they were clapping and making “UWAAAA” sounds, which I was still oblivious to what was happening. I did not know what my card said LOL. Long story short, I got their grand prize, which was a set of Algonquins brushes as pictured next to the calendar above.

 

Next up will be part 3!

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