Day Six: Osaka

Back in Osaka, back chez Tim, where you can tell you’re getting near his place when you spot Hotel Mickey Cookies.

Back in Osaka - Hotel Mickey Cookies
Mickey Cookies is a Love Hotel.
A “love hotel” (ラブホテル) is a type of short-stay hotel found in Japan operated primarily for the purpose of allowing couples privacy to have sexual intercourse.
Which is probably why you can rent it for 90 minutes.

Costume Hire
And hire costumes.

But that was just on the way to the Osaka Aquarium!

Osaka Aquarium

We arrived at the aquarium just after it opened (as recommended by Lonely Planet Japan) to a sign advising that there were … a LOT of schoolchildren inside. Like thousands. And they recommended that we come back later.
But we had come all this way so we went inside the door where a lady reiterated what the sign said and handed us two tickets to the IMAX theatre show “Under the Sea” to occupy some time before we could come back and brave the hordes.
So occupy some time we did. Incidentally, I had really wanted to see “Under the Sea” narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet when Craig and I were at the Science Museum in London but he scoffed, and we didn’t see it.
Instead we saw it completely in Japanese, not dubbed by Kate and Johnny, and it was just as amazing. Impressive 3D and an empty cinema (seriously, there were two other people in there, and the IMAX cinemas are LARGE). Plus, due to the complete language barrier I got to play the fun game “fucking or fighting?”.

By the time we made it back to the Aquarium pretty much all trace of the children was gone. It was a little eerie. But we got to go inside!

Feeding time for the Otters

Whale Shark and Entourage

The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan (海遊館) is one of the largest public aquariums in the world and is home to a pair of Whale Sharks.
Whale Sharks are the largest living fish species and can grow to 12m in length. Their mouths? can up be up to 1.5 metres wide.

Kid and the Tail

But I was more impressed by (unsurprisingly) the Manta Rays.

Manta Ray. My favourite.

Partly because of my well documented love of Rays, partly because it was completely unexpected, partly because as a child I had read and reread and reread The Girl of the Sea of Cortez by Peter Benchley and it just … stuck with me.

Friday: Literally awesome.

Manta Ray

Dork Ray

(they had other Rays there as well)

Stingray face


Dork Ray

Craig christened this species the Dork Ray.

Smushed Face

With Dolphin and entranced child

Christmas time at Kaiyukan

Dolphin and Santa

Aquarium Quote


And randomly, as you leave, there is a Capybara.


Craig touching a SharkTouching a Shark
Touching a sharkTouching a shark

Baby Sting Rays

Poor Otter

Sting Ray

The area is Aquarium themed

Puffer Fish

Ah. Just like that, I’m exhausted. I will finish of this day later.
So. Many. Fish. Photos.



  1. Kat · January 19, 2010

    Is the Dork Ray related to the Dork Fish? heeee.Great shots. When we were there, we saw dolphins having sex. And a class of schoolchildren spent a long time watching us blondies, rather than the fish. Great place.

  2. Sarah-Rose · January 19, 2010

    Yes … I do believe that is what Craig was referencing, judging by the weird accent with which he said it. I had no idea where it was from but google tells me the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Which comedian?Also? dolphin sex? ew. I hate dolphins.

  3. LoserSaysTim · February 4, 2010

    Mint. Mickey Cookies never looked so tacky.Mantas are cool because they look like they were designed by Italian super-car makers. They are luxury fish.

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