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.
Instagram | Twitter | Bloglovin