Q's MALL in Abeno-ku, Osaka

When I moved to Japan, I had to leave a lot of things behind: DVDs, my tiny decent PS2 collection, my book collection (art books are notoriously heavyヽ(=´Д`=)ノ), as well as family and friends. 

But there's one thing that followed me, whether I wanted it to or not, my love for shopping. In fact, it followed me to Japan and became obeseヽ(°▽、°)ノ. So as a carrier of this burden, I thought it would be best to share what I can about shopping in Osaka.

Most people who have been to Osaka know of Namba and Shinsaibashi, an insanely busy shopping area, and Umeda, but there's been a recent addition to Osaka's go to areas for shopping.

Abeno Market Park Q's MALL in Abeno, Osaka!!

Access Info:
There are four different train companies you can take to Q's MALL (talk about options..):
●From the subway, on the Tanimachi Line or Midosuji Line at Tennoji Station, exit number 12, then 2 minutes on foot.
●From JR Osaka Loop Line, Hanwa Line or Kansai Main Line, at Tennoji Station, South exit, then 3 minutes on foot.
●From Kintetsu Railway, on the Minami-Osaka Line, at Abenobashi Station, West gate then 3 minutes on foot.
●From Hanshin Railway, on the Uemachi Line at Tennoji-eki-mae Station, then 2 minutes on foot.
(All information taken from the Access page on Q's MALL site here.JPN)

First Impressions

Main Entrance
Well it's got lots and lots of spaceヽ(°▽、°)ノ! That may sound insignificant, but anyone who has pushed through a crowd in Namba knows, even a little space is of great value. Anyway, there's lots of space, which made it very easy to get around the families with strollers but also gave more space for just walking at your pace. There was also tons of places for sitting, which is another thing you take for granted unless you've been walking around a mall for 4+ hours(´´ⅴ``).



Slowly but surely, things are coming underway, but there is still lots of work to be done! I've put information in the Kansai-ben and Daily Life pages, but Osaka@ Night, Things to Do and Explore Japan are still being worked on.

Hopefully I'll get some content into those over the weekend! If we're all luckyヽ(°▽、°)ノ

For now, enjoy this photo of my newest USB, ANA Gundam USB. A gift from my father-in-law who has too many ANA points and knows I like Gundan(●´-`●)

Hanami in Kansai 2011

Although Hanami season is sadly over, I really wanted to share some place for enjoying hanami in the Kansai areaヽ(´▽`)ノ.

As I'm sure any person who nurtures an interest in Japan knows (or maybe doesn't know, there's always time to learn something new(●´-`●)), hanami is a brief few weeks in April (May in northern Japan) where the Japanese go out to enjoy watching cherry blossom trees, hardcore midday drinking and general tomfoolery. Entrance ceremonies are also usually taking place at schools around the country, so I think it's a nice time for celebrating.

Unfortunately, a combination of a shoddy work schedule and sudden sickness prevented me from having a real hanami with my family and friends, so Shota and I decided to venture out together to enjoy hanami. We didn't bother with bento because we're both notoriously lazy (and bad at making bento).

Osaka Castle Park 大阪城公園
Access Info:
You can use the JR Osaka Loop Line or Tanimachi Line or Chuo Line on the subway to get to the castle.
●The station from JR is Osakajo Koen Station 大阪城公園駅. This will drop you off right in front of the park surrounding Osaka Castle. From there it's about a 10 minute walk to the actual castle (this is a rough estimate since the last time I went from that station was a while ago, and it isn't written on their site).
●If you take the subway, you can exit at Tanimachi 4-Chome Station 谷町四丁目駅. The site doesn't say what exit to take from the subway, but I'm sure it'll be written in English at that station (or if you're feeling adventurous/talkative you can always ask a station manager). Next time I make a trip to 4-chome, I'll be sure to look for it so I can share the info( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

 As you can guess, Osaka Castle is really popular place for Hanami. We went on a Thursday afternoon, and there were still a sizable amount of people out drinking and/or sightseeing. The thing I really liked about Osaka Castle's cherry blossom trees is how they're lined up around the outer wall of the castle. 

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