Monday, July 23, 2012

Osaka Bay Area - Tempozan

We had so much fun visiting Tempozan area which is a newly redeveloped part of the Osaka Bay. It has much tourist attractions being located next to each other by the sea. We used our 2-Day Unlimited Pass and enjoyed all the attractions for FREE. They have the world's largest Osaka Ferris Wheel, Suntori Museum, Osaka Aquarium and Boat Cruise on board the ancient "Santa Maria" ship. The weather was perfectly cool and cloudy that afternoon. I loved it.



We rode the Ferris Wheel first, to enjoy the spectacular view and breathe the cool Spring's air. The higher we went, the tighter we squeezed! We could see the entire view of the Osaka's Bay Area with bridges across. It was quiet as we chose to visit on a weekday. The weekends are still packed with local tourists instead from neighboring cities. The foreign tourist arrivals have dropped significantly since the big earthquake and nuclear leakage. Some souvenir shops there hung the signs - "OSAKA 100% RADIATION FREE!!"...

 
My wife was wearing fresh flowers! Isn't she cute in this Spring Collection of Eco-Dress?... Some cubicles provided Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse inside for the visitors to hug in case they got frightened of the height. When our Ferris Wheel stopped at the top, I wanted to vomit as it was rocking because my friends and I shook it violently. What a bunch of idiots!


 
 Who is adorable and cuter? Mickey or Twilight Man?


 
We got off from the Ferris Wheel and proceeded over to the harbour to wait for the arrival of the ancient Portugese ship named "Santa Maria". It was really a huge ship with a big restaurant inside complete with a spacious comfortable conference room. There was a deck outside for the passengers to sit and view the scenery. It was my first experience taking a short cruise on board a ship!

 
Ahoy! Meet the ship's "Captain Twilight Man" from Selangor Darul Ehsan!.... Kekekeke

 
We under passed the same bridges twice and the entire port city looked boring and grey! Somehow it was relaxing and I enjoyed the cool breeze. The whole cruise lasted less than an hour. We headed to the Osaka Aquarium next.....
 
 
I must say that this Osaka Aquarium is bigger than the ones in Langkawi Island or Hong Kong's Ocean Park. It was an eye opener for me to see so many exotic & very weird creatures living deep in the ocean's bed where it is completely dark without sunlight reaching beneath! The fishes and other urchins could glow by itself. Isn't that very amazing??? No need batteries to light the fishes and squids up!




There is a huge indoor rain forests complete with beautiful landscaped waterfalls and rapids. It was an awesome and nice sight to see the animals like sea lions enjoying themselves inside! The Japanese Mandarin Ducks are so beautiful and colorful like faked ones! Muahahaha.....



Their penguins sanctuary was the biggest I had ever seen with so many species of penguins huddled together. Before this, I didn't know that Penguins have so many species and races! They probably had inter marriages and more exotic species were born.



They also kept a wide variety of lizards including several Chameleons and some even flashed their wings out like a Batman! I had instant goose bumps seeing that! Blergh!


There was a fish that glued itself atop the giant Stingray fish which acted like a taxi. The bottom right was a weird looking crab with long tentacles. You could see the darkness of that photo which meant it lived deep on the Ocean's floor bed.....thousands of feet below!


Aha! These are the luminous Squids that lighted themselves in darkness. They looked so long & wavy and moved gracefully as if they were under water dancers from Leningrad's Ballet! Beautiful!

Here they explained to the visitors how thick the acrylic glass were used in the aquariums that contain 5,400 tons of water!



This right squid looked like old priceless Ginseng roots! The Buddhists believe in 'reincarnation of lives' and I kept thinking what karmic effects could produce such ocean beings? I really felt very sad for them.



102 comments:

  1. wow..you have such great shots during your Japan trips! Love them all!

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    1. Thank you Wenn. The original photos are sharper but slightly lost its quality after I posted up.

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  2. Oops!!! I missed it by a split second! Tsk! Tsk!

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  3. My daughter would love the aquarium... She loves nature...and animals and sea creatures...

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    1. I love plants and jungles but kinda sad to see caged animals. They zoos should follow those in US where they have huge space and no cages used.

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  4. Ummm...Mickey is cuter! LOL!!!

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  5. Oh how wonderful.... Besides seeing the handsome Twilight Man and his beautiful wife, I loved the aquarium the most..Would love to visit there --and see the rain forest and waterfalls!!!!! How special.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Betsy

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    1. Hope you will make visits to Asia and visit us. All the bloggers will welcome you and George with open arms!

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  6. The jellyfish are beautiful...

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    1. They are beautiful and scary. I forgot to tell you that the orange ones are very long like 3-4 feet!!! So geli hor.

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  7. wow! we missed that red bridge! hmmmm...

    tx for sharing twilight :D cool!

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    1. How could you miss the red bridge? You mean the boat made a U-Turn!!! Kakakaka

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  8. Finally!
    Another Osaka post!
    Yeaay!!!

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    1. I am such a hopeless and slow blogger! Need to be faster!

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    2. Yalor. Post faster so that we all can also faster spam you! LOL

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  9. Enjoying FREE attractions is my favourite activity. ;p

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    1. it's not really FREE lah, but inclusive in the 2-day pass..

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    2. hahaha true also.

      But with such pass, already paid must fully utilise and masuk every single place that it covers, right? kekeke

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    3. yalah, with the pass, anay will go to those places from the opening and stay up till closing.. fully utilised!!!

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    4. 2 day PASS only costs 2000 YEN (RM80). That is bloody cheap for over 30 places and unlimited train rides. I think it would have cost me RM1000 to visit all the places with paying entrance fees and train rides.

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    5. What??!! It costs RM80 for 2 days all free entrance?? That's bloody cheap!!

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    6. Yes Queen Yvonne..! The Japanese government is very desperate to lure the tourists back. It was once the most expensive country to visit on earth! Now it is sooo cheap! Hotels cost less than RM200 a night.

      Hurry book your ticket now!

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    7. Hotel less than rm 200?
      Sure both?

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    8. Aiyoh... last time also can get cheap.

      But you all so damn kaya, all want to go on expensive tours. kekeke

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  10. No Titanic style pose kah, when you naik itu cruise? Lomantic wor.. kekeke

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    1. no titanic style lah, that one is hollywood.. anay and letchumi is bollywood mah, so they had the yendebulana style~~ :D

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    2. I never watch Bollywood movie that has ships in it.. so tatau wor...

      What scene do you Bollywood actors usually do? ;p

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    3. gadis you should watch more bollywood films lah.. for example: வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள, தமிழ் சிறார்களுக்கான and தமிழ்ச்சொற்களும் அதற்கான.. nice movies!!! :D :D :D

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    4. ooo I miss the boat le..
      aiye.. I went to the ferris and the aquarium only

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    5. why la tak habis habis titanic. I jelak withthat movie liao LOL

      Bollywood more fun lekekeke

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    6. SP Thambee - I think the boat rides was just introduced recently. The front design was so sempit and narrow that I could not do TITANIC pose!

      So we ran around the deck in circles!

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    7. So there's no boar ride?

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    8. Kekekekeke.... The Santa Maria Boar Ride!!!

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  11. Naughty naughty TM and friends to rock the pod of the ferris wheel. Padan muka when want to vomit! LOL

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    1. the naughty anay will even spin his head when he vomits, so that the stuff will kena everyone around him!! wakakaka, so bad lah!!!

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    2. eee....i will pengsan terus man if rocking like that.

      lucky tak vomit else everyone will be stuck up there with the smell of his vomit ...yuck...worst that poo poo in the toilet

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    3. My friend's wife screamed in terror and ordered us to STOP!!!! Kakakakaka....


      I was giddy too because I looked UP & DOWN too much!

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  12. so nice and so sweet, they have huge mickey and minnie toys there for passengers who are afraid of height!! but why mickey and minnie?? sponsored by disneyland ah?? thambee wants doraemon lah..

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    1. now this is what we call good service.. so next time i don't have to bring my Fing-Fing already, hahaha!!!

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    2. it seems to me that many cities will have a huge ferris wheel.. london, singapore, osaka etc.. we do have it here before but i wonder why it is not a permanent one??

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    3. anay should have put the photo with mickey as profile pic lah, this one is nicer and so adorable, more adorable than the mickey mouse~~ :p

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    4. SK, don't ever think bringing Fing Fing there la! Later Japanese say you bring Orang Utan to take ferry wheel.

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    5. Yeah so many cities have Ferries Wheel now. That is the best way to view the entire city. In KL we have KL tower, that is why we have no Ferries Wheel.

      The one in Melaka was hired and they rugi!!! LMAO!

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    6. You know... there is like at least one feris wheel in each city in Japan!

      I counted! (Well, I found one at almost all the cities we visited in Japan lar...)

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  13. fuyoh!! Anay TM on Santa Maria, fuyoh, that pose with shades can be the poster for the next bollywood blockbuster lah!! :D

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    1. how come never do Titanic pose with Letchumi?? too busy chasing here and there on the ship that you've forgotten to do that??

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    2. haha lol . maybe letchumi already jump and annay tm still posing for photo shots.. kakakakaka

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    3. yeah, maybe that photo is taken when Anay is laughing at Letchumi who has been conned to jump into the sea.. Anay is laughing there saying she is a "s*h*i", hahahaha~~ :D

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    4. LOL... Letchumi was in the waters! How clever!

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    5. This is certainly no I jump, you jump case! How can TM so bad to trick his Letchumi jump first, tsk tsk~

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    6. This Letchumi always jumped and planked herself without telling me one!

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  14. that aquarium is simply AWESOME!! so many rare animals and i especially love all those jellyfish shots!!

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    1. anay got such a good camera can capture the jellyfish so perfectly, and the colors are all so vibrant..

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    2. very nice close-up of those animals.. can take those photos to participate in competitions lah..

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    3. My photos will be disqualified in any competitions! Need to shoot sharper and nicer ones! I was using my mobile phone lah!

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    4. I like jelly fish shots the best :D

      You only used mobile phone to snap the pictures and the outcomes are awesome! Imagine if you used DSLR~~ fuyoh!

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    5. The camera used was indeed DSLR... but I did use my mobile phone a lot. The funny thing was the Osaka Aquarium allowed photography inside!

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    6. TM anay didn;t want to share his DSLR mahal shots with us izit? Only show those taken with hp...

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  15. There are many ferris wheel in Jap.
    I try once and with a very kawaii jap girl .. yay..

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    1. hor!! you took the ferris wheel with a kawaii japanese girl!! later fui fui makes you 頂菠蘿跪榴槤 tonight!! hahaha~~

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    2. 頂菠蘿跪榴槤 is 绝句。 I like it.

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    3. SP Thambee you terror lah! Where got wife so sporting one? You thank your lucky stars haaaa.....!!!!

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    4. SP's lying.... if Fui Fui is sporting, then the credit card is freely designed, not the 2 teddy bears already :p

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    5. Women knows Women's thinking always! This Mr Ahem is quite miang one!!

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    6. Ah hua that's is why Fui Fui let me to do anything n she got her tactics.....

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    7. Yan,
      I sporting also. Last time we went to anime convention - I let hubby took photos with all the cute models in costumes there. Some more, I helped to approach the models and take the photos too. How sporting was that? kekeke

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  16. hehehe..I been to that aquarium before.. very nice..

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    1. I wonder if they change the fishes every year??

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  17. so lectchumi only weat those fresh flowers? kakakakaka

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  18. Japanese is so thoughtful. Provide Mickey and Minnie for the passengers to hug in the ferry wheel.

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    1. They are very far sighted in planning everything!

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    2. Do that here, the Mickey & Minnie will be gone in no time! People take as free souvenirs! That's why cannot do here.

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  19. Looks like they experience quite a vast drop in business wor to have to hang the banner saying it's radiation free

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    1. It was so bad business beyond words! That is why their govt lured tourists to visit with rock bottom hotel prices!!

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  20. so thoughtful of them to put soft toy in the cabin. Hmmmmthey didnt put the bags like in aeroplanes just in case people wanna vomit ka?

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    1. I have not seen Beg Mabuk Udara in any planes now!! I totally forgot about this! I used to sneak them out of MAS planes and used it as my sandwich bag! LOL kakakakakaka!

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    2. last time, it's not only the vomot bag I take.
      I hoard the free sanitary pad & toothbrush in the plane toilet also! kakaka

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  21. wah very imprssive aquarium.


    The crab looks very intimidating.

    Last photo , the orange squid that you see look like Ginseng...to me looks rather scary. Like those pontianak in the malay horror movie with all the stomach intestine hanging out :p

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    1. You are right.... They looked so eerie like Si Lor Ban (In Hokkien)

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    2. Si Lor Ban~ I've forgotten about this creature until you mentioned it here. In Malay, they call it Hantu Penanggalan.

      And the hantu is not actually hantu, it is the person who indulged in black magic.

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    3. Oh now I also learn this word Hantu Penanggalan. It is so common in Thailand that they always make ghost movies with that flying all over. My cousin saw it once and scared the shit out of me!!!

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    4. Ghost story... last time in my family's old house; in front of my room got this tree. People say the hantu langsuir like to "lepak" there. ;p

      And you know, last time my room cannot be occupied by male. Sure kena pressure on chest. hehehe

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  22. They put Mickey and Minnie in the pod and no one steals them? *awe* If in Malaysia, gone in 3 seconds~~

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    1. Of course Mickey is cuter~~

      But for Letchumi, her Bollywood honey is macho and manly :D

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  23. Osaka is so beautiful :) I want big mickey toooo!!

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  24. wow the obor-obor so the nice... :D

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  25. Huh? Can have Mickey and Minnie to hug inside the ferris wheel?

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  26. Wow! Your wife's floral dress is awesome! LOL!

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  27. Oh! That last jellyfish does indeed look like a ginseng root. So you think it is a reincarnation of a human being who did sinful things and this is the result? Hmm, sad indeed.

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  28. Mickey is cuter, but Twilight Man is sexier! ;)

    You really need to visit Cape Town if you want to see lots of different penguins ... some of 'em just ambling along in the streets, looking for food at street cafes. ^^

    PS: I've been to Osaka only once, and very briefly. You make me want to go back.

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  29. I love all your shots TM... especially when you hit the Osaka aquarium

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  30. oh and that's one of the gigantic ferris wheel I have seen so far.

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  31. those jellyfishes are so fascinating... it always remind me of the beautiful Palau where you can swim with tons of jellyfishes around you

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  32. thanks for sharing my friend and happy blogging to you. Have a great day

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  33. Just curious, the last few pictures, are they squids or jellyfish?

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