We leave Matsuyama by express train direction Ôsaka. There we had stayed with my friend Megumi and her boyfriend Daiki. I met Megumi two summers ago when I was studying in Toronto, and since she lives in Nagoya (a city that does not have any type of tourist attraction) we decided to stay in Ôsaka, since she had never gone and we were more or less halfway there . The express train runs along the entire Shikoku coast and crosses several towering bridges that link several tiny islands to Okayama on the main island of Kyushu. There we had to change the bullet train that went to Ôsaka (in total it took about four hours).The Hitachi Tower in the background
In the Shin-Ôsaka station (where for the shinkansen) Megumi was waiting for us, there we bought a one-day subway pass (850 ¥) that we bought because they already had it, since with the Japan Rail Pass you can move perfectly through the city through the local train line.Detail of a restaurant in the area of the Hitachi Tower.
Our first stop was to visit the Hitachi Tower. The tower is quite ugly and originally was formed by a mixture of Arc de Triomphe plus an Eiffel Tower, which with the war was dismantled and later rebuilt by the Osakans with their monetary contributions. The only grace to climb the tower (600 ¥) is to be able to touch the feet of a wood carving called Billyken, which they say brings luck. This little god was made by an American artist in 1908 after having had a dream. Fervor is such that the poor figure has worn feet from so much tapping.
Look at Billyken's feet, you can stick your fingers!
The area of the Hitachi Tower is quite good, as it is full of restaurants, mainly fugu (puffer fish). Pufferfish is a very typical delicacy of Ôsaka. It is quite expensive and very dangerous to eat, since if it is not well cooked, the diner can get poisoned and die fulminated. That's why very few chefs have the title to cook it. This area is very cheerful and lively, and I personally liked it very much.