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I don’t know how to play baseball, I’ve never watched a baseball game, I never held a baseball hat… But I’ve read enough baseball mangas to get a feel of the game. Hanshin Tigers and the Koshien stadium where no strangers to me, ever since I was a teenager, so being able to sit there and watch this game was incredible. It was definitely one of the high points of our trip. We had great fun , we suffered until the very end, and we won, the very last minute. Just like in a manga!
We have to thank Atsuko once again, because she was the one who bought us tickets and took us to the stadium. We had a terrific time!

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more pics after the jump

After Enoshima we only had one thing in our agenda, go to Osaka to watch the Baseball game between Hanshin Tigers and Tokyo Giants, at the Koshien stadium. But that was 2 days away. By now you should know about our love for theme parks and roller coasters, so we decided to go earlier to Osaka and visit the Universal Studios, where on the 15th had opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a park area featuring Harry Potter. This was a big opportunity, because it was something very new, and only the second one in the whole world (the first one opened this June in Orlando, Florida).

So, the day before heading to Osaka, we walked around Harajuku, explored the neighborhood, discovered new places and fell in love with it all over again.

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We first went to Shinjuku for some ramen. more pics after the jump

Enoshima is one of those places that you do not forget. You have to take the train to Kamakura, where we were last year, and then another local one to the final destination. Enoshima is a small island where you have small little shops and restaurants, a temple, caves and a lighthouse that you can climb up to look at the island from above. If you’re lucky enough with the weather you can see Mount Fuji…we were not lucky. It rained the whole time we were in the island, which didn’t take way from the beauty of the place at all.

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On our way back we stopped in Shin-Yokohama, were we ate Okonomiyaki (previous picture) and visited a Ramen museum, that recreated Tokyo from 1958.
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Have a nice day!

I need to upload more photos and more posts, right? Well, here we go!

In Kyoto, we went up to the tv tower to see the city from above, and it’s quite impressive, to see such a massive city with all the mountains around.
Next we went to the aquarium where we got to see the huge salamanders! The aquarium was small but very cute and with very interesting animals.

By the end of the day we went to Camellia, which I’m going to do a whole post about when I get back. Camellia is run by Atsuko, who was going to be our host last year in Kyoto. We met her briefly in Lisbon, roughly a year ago, over a nice dinner at Petiscaria Ideal. Unfortunately, Atsuko had to cut her trip short so we weren’t able to stay in her place, but we continued to be friends.

The tea ceremony, led by Atsuko, was incredible. The movements, the ambiance, the smells and the flavors were amazing. But I don’t want to ruin the upcoming post about Camellia, so I’m saving the best for another day.

After the very relaxing and tasty ceremony, Atsuko took us to an Izakaya. An Izakaya is a traditional Japanese restaurant, that derived from sake shops. Customers leave their shoes by the door, sit on the floor and indulge in delicious food and drinks.
This moment was most definitely one of the very best in the entire trip.

Enjoy the iPhone photos for now!

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