Sunday, June 26, 2016

Nagoya, Japan (Osu Kannon Temple and Osu Shopping District)


Update: Apologies for publishing this post without even a single word, apart from the title, written. I did not realize this was the case until people commented and then I looked at the article and to my surprise it was a blank page. Rest assured this incident will not happen again in the future. I know some of you visit this little space for the articles but I failed to put anything when this post was published. Apologies.

Moving forward, after our educational trip to Nagoya Science Museum we decided to do something cultural again and visited Osu Kannon Temple. I was expecting the temple to be bigger than what we saw but it was actually quite small. You turn around 360 degrees and that is basically the entire space of the temple. I was expecting something like Atsuta Shrine in terms of land area but it was so much smaller in comparison. Located behind the temple is the Shimpukuji Temple Library. I don't know if we were allowed to enter this area but you can access it from the temple when you climb the stairs or from the side where the gate leading to this area is open. We didn't see any people in this area so my mom was telling me off. But being the deviant me I cannot leave without taking pictures. I don't know why but there are so many birds in this area (I don't recall what species) but there were at least a hundred of them gathered in the temple. It was a great sight to see them flock together and fly together. It gives the feeling of being one with nature.

Connected to the Osu Kannon Temple is Osu Shopping District. Similar to Shinsaibashi in Osaka, Osu Shopping District is also a covered shopping complex. Here we discovered so many different Komehyo stores. Komehyo is a secondhand designer and branded shopping mall and Nagoya is said to house the best Komehyo store in all of Japan (which is true, I think). One store specializes in kimono and traditional Japanese clothing. Another store we saw houses musical instruments and gadgets. Our favorite Komehyo store is the one that has 7 floors. The top most floor is a per-gram basis wherein you choose the clothes you like, you weigh all of them, and you pay depending on how much the area per Yen is. I still ended up paying 700 and 900 Yen. Still quite expensive in my opinion but they are branded so I guess that is already affordable. Best of all, Komehyo is tax free if you are a tourist who bought 5,000Yen worth of items in a single transaction. 

Another store I was ecstatic to find was Alice On Wednesday. I love Alice In Wonderland and apparently, the fairy tale has a cult following in Japan. There are so many stores and restaurants inspired by Alice In Wonderland. Alice On Wednesday is a very small store offering so many kawaii Alice In Wonderland items such as cellphone charms, jewelry, bags, bookmarks, food, and so much more. I even saw guys enter the store and buy items. It was the cutest store I have ever seen and I do wish to go back if I ever go back to Japan. I still have so many Alice In Wonderland items I want to buy. Store is not tax free. 















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48 comments :

  1. This is pretty awesome! love to see more posts.

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  2. This looks like such a beautiful place, I was just planning a possible trip to Japan because I want to go there so badly!

    Have a great day, xx

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  3. i want that ice cream *_*
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  4. Jenn this iso exiting ...I want to go with you <3<3<3

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  5. What cool pics! Thanks for sharing. Makes me think I have so much of the world left to explore.

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  6. Oh wow, I'm so jealous of you visiting Japan <3 I've been dying to go since I was about 11, these pictures are so dreamy x
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  7. Wow!!! I'm dying to visit Japan, lucky you!

    XoXo,

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  8. I've always wanted to go to Japan! That ice cream looks so good too. Thanks for taking me there with these photos and thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! :)

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  9. Amazing pics, Cool details!!
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  11. Woah, love all the photos! I want to go there now too.

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  12. disqus_5n9vU7FZceJune 29, 2016 at 2:42 AM

    So fashinating palce to visit! That temple is really wonderful and very well mantained!

    And that shopping center seems so fun and interesting!

    Amazing photos!

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  13. Fabulous review. Loved your detailed post.

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  14. Lovely photos. Looks wonderful

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  15. Love the Alice In Wonderland store, would love to visit! Such a lovely and fun story/world! Xx

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  16. What a fun trip! And no worries- I've accidentally hit the 'publish' button too early too! It happens to all of us :D That Alice on Wednesday looks so cute!

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  17. stunning trip and outfits are great.
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  18. I so envy your Japan travel. I can't wait until my trip to Japan (as per me and my fiance's agreement, it will be on my 30th birthday). The Alice on Wednesday shop looks interesting and even the door! Haha! And it's interesting that you get to pay for your clothes depending on how much they weigh... Kahit how many pieces pa! I would to give that a try. Time to save up for that trip then mukhang mapapagastos ako.

    My dad went to Japan recently for work and I asked him to buy me some stuff pero hindi rin niya ma-gets esp if makeup items sooo I can't wait to go there myself. :P


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  19. Wow the photos look great and it sounds like you had a great time.

    How interesting that you paid for clothes based on weight - never heard of that before!


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  20. wow paying by weight is such a smart idea! I wish we had that here in the US. Though I feel like I would still end up buying way too much
    I love Alice in Wonderland! I just watched the latest movie, Through the Looking Glass and it’s pretty good. A shop with that as a theme sounds so interesting and cool to visit!

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  21. I'm a fan of Alice in Wonderland, too!! Those photos exploring the fanatic movie elements are very cool!!


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  22. Great shots! I didn't visit many Komehyo stores when I lived in Japan. I did find a few in Tokyo and Hiroshima, but Book Off was usually enough for me. There's a great little Alice in Wonderland restaurant in Ginza that's on a 3rd or 5th floor of some building. The artwork on their dishes are all inspired by Alice in Wonderland and are so cute. The food is okay, but the experience is pretty nice. All the hostesses and wait staff are dressed like Alice too. :)

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  23. I am going to Tokyo by the end of this month so I can't wait to visit the Komehyo stores there! Book Off sounds interesting. I will try to look for that. We actually had lunch at Alice On The Silver Screen in Nagoya. It is a Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant and I loved it! It was heaven for Alice fans like me! Food is mediocre in my opinion but we paid for the ambiance and the vibe. I can't wait to go back to Japan!

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  24. Thank you! Alice in Wonderland is a very magical and imaginative fairy tale. There is just too much visual appeal to it.

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  25. I know! I wish we had that here in the Philippines too! I would end up buying so much stuff too if that were the case. Haha! Good thing I was able to restrain myself in Japan.
    I am so looking forward to watching Through The Looking Glass! The first movie was too interesting and fun and I won't miss the chance to see this second movie!

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  26. Thank you! I did have a wonderful time. I know, that is a very brilliant concept!

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  27. Thank you! OMG! You're gonna die in Japan (die shopping, I mean). There is just too much kawaii stuff to buy and you will never have enough of anything! Yes, you really need to save up for Japan because it will really rob you off your savings! Haha!

    Halos lahat kase sa Japan written in Japanese kaya kung hindi talaga mahilig sa makeup ang bibili for you, he would end up confused and irritated. Haha! Kaya ikaw na lang talaga bibili.

    Hope you enjoy your trip to Japan too!

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  28. It is fun! Haha! Yeah, but it is kinda embarrassing because people would expect to at least read a short paragraph and it was blank!

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  29. Thank you! You will go crazy inside the store! Even men went a little crazy inside picking up so much stuff. haha!

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  30. Yes, that is one thing I admire about Japan. They are very proud of their culture that's why they really make it a point to preserve and maintain it. It shows in their palaces, shrines, and temples.

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  31. Go! Japan will amaze you!

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  32. Thank you! I sure will.

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  33. Go! Japan will undoubtedly amaze you.
    Yes, the ice cream is delicious but I wish I could have seen some weird ice cream flavor like lavender or cherry blossom or tofu. haha!

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  34. Thank you! I am very luck to be able to see and experience such a wonderful country.

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  35. Japan was my dream destination when I was younger too and now my dream has been fulfilled.

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  36. You're welcome! We all have so much to explore in this world. There is always never enough time to explore and see the world.

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  37. It is and I can't wait to go back! Come with me then! I would love to be your company in Japan! haha!

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  38. It is exquisite!

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  39. It is a very beautiful country! Go to Japan! I swear you will love it there!

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  40. You have a great eye for photography, we love how colorful and fun everything looks! We've always wanted to visit Japan, it's on our bucket list and your post makes us want to go even more!

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  41. Fantastic photos :) Love it!
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