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The day after the closing ceremony, I flew off to Japan to meet my mom in Osaka. After a stressful night of trying to buy a SIM card then contacting my cousin without roaming, my mom and I went out to Umeda and Namba for a full day of shopping. Our main goal was finding a dress for my mom to wear at the wedding and taking care of my gift shopping list.

We first found a beautiful classic dress in Namba for my mom but after taking a look at the price tag, we decided to take the day to think about it. After heading to Umeda, most of our time was spent shopping at Grand Front. I managed to tackle most of my list and finally bought my own clothes too! My mom was exhausted from jet lag though and took a nap while my gifts were being wrapped.

But of course, I need to mention the food. Department food in Japan can be a hit or a miss (minus the basement). Usually, I would err on the side of not so great. But lately, it looks like things are improving especially at the newer department/shopping complexes. We ended up eating lunch, dessert, dinner at Grand Front but everything was delicious. Lunch was a light meal of oden followed by shopping before heading down to take a breath with gelato. I think this gelato was the best I’ve had in Japan! Very thick and creamy. I chose the pistachio and olive oil in a crunchy waffle cone. For dinner, we went to a fish restaurant by Kinki University Marine Research Center. Even though all of the fish is raised by the Research Center, everything was delicious! The highlight was the negi toro. I’m usually not a fan but this was amazing. I felt bad that my dad missed out on this one.

Also, if you go to Grand Front, there is a popular fruit tart store that my cousin recommended. We didn’t have time but it’s top of my list next time I shop in Osaka.

Oh! And my mom’s dress – in the end we chose the one from the first store. It should be a good investment piece for the future too. and mine 😉


終了式後日、母と待ち合わせで日本に旅立ちました。到着当夜、急いでSIMカードを買い、ローミングなしで焦りながらイトコに連絡しようとした大変な晩でした。そしてその次の日はお母さんと丸一日梅田と難波でお買い物。目的はお母さんが結婚式に着るドレスと私のお土産リスト(大人になると面倒臭いですね)。

難波でエレガントなドレスを試着したが、値段を見て考えることにしました。梅田に向かい、ほとんどグランドフロントで買い物を済ませました。私はお土産リストをほとんど完了し、自分の服もやっと買えました。お母さんは時差ぼけで疲れてて、お土産を包んでもらった時、少し居眠りしました。

で、食事のことですね!デパートのレストラン街は行き当たりばったりで、どっちかといえばイマイチな時は多いかも。でも最近は特に新しいデパートは進化しています。昼、デザート、夜は結局全部グランドフロントで済ませました。お昼は軽くおでんを食べ、買い物をした後、休憩で地下のジェラトを。このジェラトが本当に美味しかったんです!滑らかでクリーミー。私はピスタチオとオリーブオイルにしました。そして夜ご飯はイトコオススメの近畿大学水産研究所。名前長い。ブームが終わりかけていたので、思ったほど待ち時間がありませんでした。大学が育ててる魚類だけど、本当に美味しかった。特にネギトロ!元々好きではないけど、ここのは口の中で溶ける!お父さんも絶対好きだったな…

そしてグランドフロントに行ったら、人気のフルーツタルト屋があります。今回は時間がなかったので諦めたけど、次回は挑戦します。

あっ!そしてお母さんのドレス-結局最初の店のにしました。

 

 

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