DAY 15 - OSAKA
We met up with our friend who now lives in Japan for our final night, he took us to a maid cafe. Which was a pretty surreal experience. I wasn't allowed to take any photos, but I managed to sneek a few. You could order set menus with names like "Big Brother Menu" and then the maids would treat you like you were her big brother. Every 30 mins or so, one of the maids would sing a song (pretty badly) on the karaoke machine. Above: House rules.
Above: Couples write their names on padlocks and fix them to the hearts as a sign of their love.
Below: Tsūtenkaku, or the 'Tower Reaching for Heaven,' has served as a symbolic marker of Osaka since its construction in 1912 and resides in the colorful Shinsekai area of town, which was modeled after the streets of New York and Paris and once housed the huge Luna Park amusement park. Rebuilt and redesigned after WWII by the same man who'd designed the better known Tokyo Tower.
What better way to finish the last night of our trip than to go for karaoke with friends.