Mim's 2017 Japan Trip Day 2

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Wed 2017/04/12 11:43 JST
Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting

For day two of our trip I was conscientious of group flight fatigue and the need to ease into things so we went for a small sleep in and then headed out for some exploration.

The only tour booked for today was the Suita Asahi Brewery Osaka plant, which was easy enough to get to. We simply boarded the JR Tokaido-Sanyo Line for Suita Station.

Day 1 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58238/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+1.html
Day 2 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58242/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+2.html
Day 3 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58243/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+3.html
Day 4 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58247/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+4.html
Day 5 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58248/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+5.html
Day 6 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58254/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+6.html
Day 7 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58274/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+7.html
Day 8 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58275/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+8.html
Day 9 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58279/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+9.html
Day 10 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58280/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+10.html
Day 11 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58283/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+11.html
Day 12 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58287/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+12.html
Day 13 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58295/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+13.html
Day 14 - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58296/Mim+s+2017+Japan+Trip+Day+14.html
Loot - http://www.figure.fm/en/post/58209/Mim+s+Japan+2017+Trip+Loot+Mirai+visit.html

Pics via iPhone 6

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Walking the streets of Osaka in the morning.

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And spotting neat things.

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And odd things.. on top of buildings.

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And then those whacky store names you randomly spot from time to time :)

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On the train out to our Asahi tour. Neat shot through the first carriage's driver compartment window.

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Neat shrines along the walk from the station to the brewery.

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Arrived a solid hour early for the tour so we walked a little further down (from the brewery's main gate) and found a cluster of stores and restaurants. This looked pretty tasty.

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So we grabbed some brunch (breakfast and lunch). Presentation was pretty neat, meal was very tasty and quite good value considering it was a sit down restaurant. Something we made a habit of on our trip ie try and avoid fast food. Free refills for tea and rice also.

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The clam soup was spectacular. I think it was a variation on the miso soup dish family.

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Décor was pretty neat.

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Still had some time to kill so we dropped into not so small super market. Our first exposure to the cheap prices for alcohol relative to Australia.

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Bottle on the right is around $33 AUD. In Australia the average price is closer to $70. Something else worth mentioning is that every place offered tax free on the trip, just present your passport.

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And so we make our way over.

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This lovely work of stained glass was near the main entrance.

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These audio guides proved handy and helped us follow the tour without any need for an English speaking guide. I guess that's the point of them :)

From what I could tell they were locked down smartphones and you simply hit next on the screen to listen to the next part of the tour. Each part was numbered on the wall of that tour section and correlated to the chapter on the phone.

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Being on a weekend the production line was not in operation or you would normally see a staggering flow of cans and or bottles flowing past on these conveyors.

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I love seeing this process kind of display showing the stages some Aluminium transcends into greatness.

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One of the most important rooms of the plant and where liquid is pored. Its pressurised and kept spotlessly clean with workers needing to wear special clean suits and go through airlocks.

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Where beer is actually made. In these massive fermentation tanks outside.

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One for our Australian readers.

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Yes you actually get beer at the end. Three small glasses per person.

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Nice chance to sample the Asahi range.

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Some of you assume that Asahi only do Beer, but they actually have a range of no alcoholic drinks and even do Whiskey.

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Garden grooming is a sight to behold.

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First encounter of an animal café once back near our hotel and going for an afternoon stroll.

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Given the free afternoon we hopped on a train out to visit the Grandchaos Mandrake Osaka store. This store had a small section for Dollfies and a bit of everything, much like you would expect of a Mandarake. This store was actually pretty epic as it had a mini stage with cosplayers singing when we visited.

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Main target spotted with Prowl (on the right) for a workmate back home.

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For those that like using the international Bigmac measuring meter, a regular (read medium) meal was 680y. That was a good 25% cheaper than Australia. Us Australians tend to be surprised to realise we have some of the most expensive prices for things back home, but I guess it will depend on what you're buying.

Getting a huge thick steak for a meal in Japan would be a lot more expensive than in most Australian establishments, but overall food is a good deal cheaper in Japan.

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Grandchaos Mandarake signage at night.

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Grabbed some dinner at a bar nearby.

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Weekend people traffic. Overall Tokyo's night life looks far more robust than back home.

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The beginning of a trend for my trip.

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We don't really have all that many crape shops in Sydney. Many spotted throughout our trip in Japan though. I went with variations of custard.

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Mim
Life time student of all things Japan, music, culture, anime and associated vices
Sydney, Australia · Nendtaku - 360 unique full size and counting