Osaka castle, baseball and Kobe

The next day was a busy day. First, we got the subway to Osaka castle, which had two moats around. As we were walking up the windy route up to the castle, the pretty view made me feel in awe.

Inside the five storey castle was a modern museum about Hideyoshi and the castle, where I learnt that this was a replica of the original castle, which had been destroyed.

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After chatting to a guy a few nights before about baseball, we decided to take the risk to see if we could watch a game. When arrived in the heaving town, where the Koshien stadium was, we easily found the ground and walked in. To our surprise, we found some seat and started watching the game from the second set. Even though, I did not know the rules, I picked up the game pretty easily and started understanding what was going on. The sun was blazing and the crowds were cheering. For the most part, neither side were accumulating points until the last set, where someone got a whole run (not sure what the actual name is).

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After, we carried on driving to Kobe, where the sun started to set. We wondered around Kobe taking in the neon lights of the sights: Kobe port, Harbourland, tower and Ferris wheel as well as the popular Chinatown, where we were being pestered to eat in their restaurants. We did get some street food though here.

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While waited for some of the others, we found a central spot near the train station, where there were young street musicians. They were singing original songs in Japanese but I enjoyed listening to them. In the area, a guy came up to me (which I’m sure was the same person from the other night) and spoke to us in Japanese showing us a bracelet then he went away and laughed with his friends. There were also many drunk teenagers around. Odd.

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