Takirev’09 – Day 2 (Osaka)

20th January

We met Nyanco outside Shin-Kabukiza, and there was the famous kabuki actor’s banner on the building. It looks grand ne~ I was thinking, maybe one day Enbujo can be staged here, and Takki’s onnagata face can be put up instead? Wahahaha… Just some random thoughts. Anyway, today we’ll be visiting some of the places that Takki visited during 8jida J (1998.06.24) and the Dream Boy special in Osaka (2004.04.24).

Shin Kabuki Za Osaka

We walked past the Osaka Shochikuza, where Takki did “MASK” 11 years ago, the first time he chaired a butai at age 16. I remember he mentioned how he had to take so much pressure being the youngest zachou, and finally after senshuuraku, he went to the dressing room and cried… This was where it happened.

Osaka Shochikuza Theatre where Takki did MASK

We came to the bridge which Takki walked on in 8jidaJ – and there was the famous Glico thing…

Glico

And also a huge Asahi beer on the building. Knowing how Takki loves beer…

Takki doll with Asahi Beer

There was also the restaurant with the huge crab in front.

Takki with his favourite kani

Then we proceeded to have lunch at a pasta restaurant. The pasta set with corn soup and salad only costs 1,000yen. I chose the mushroom pepperoncino pasta. And I love the salad ne, coz I picked only the stuff I like, and added my favourite Japanese sesame dressing, which was the same one used in the Enbujo kani seafood salad (that is still my favourite “butai dish” to date! ^^). Yummy~~~

Mushroom pasta

Salad

We walked in circles and spent quite some time looking for the Osaka Johnnys Shop. But finally, we found it!! So happy~~~XD

Johnnys Shop Osaka

Johnnys Shop Osaka Sign

It’s so different from the one in Harajuku. You can just walk in without queueing up at the park, or taking any “queue number”. There’s nobody standing outside telling you that you’re not allowed to take photos too LOL. And there weren’t many people inside :) I grabbed ALL the NEWS VTR shots of Takki, and ALL the Ai Kakumei shop photos~~ KAKKOIII!! ^^.

Takizawa Hideaki Johnnys shop photos - NEWS VTR and Ai Kakumei Offshots

Then we proceeded to Osaka Tower, located a few stations away. And from the station to the tower, there were many more shops which were shown in that episode of 8jidaJ.

zuboraya

And we also stopped for some Takoyakis. They were HOT!!!! And taste slightly different from the ones in Tokyo or Singapore. This shop’s are softer on the outside, while the ones in Tokyo or Singapore are harder (more burnt).

Takoyaki shop

Takoyakis

Then, we finally reached Osaka Tower! This is a photo I took at the foot of the tower.

Osaka Tower

The 2nd level was free to access but there’s an entrance fee payable if you wanna access the 5th level, where you can have a 360degree view of Osaka. We paid and took the lift up. In the lift, everything was dimmed and you can see a lighted outline of the Billiken on the ceiling. And the lift’s floor signals are in the shape of the tower.

Osaka Tower Lift

Up there at the 5th level, of course we had to touch the legs of the Billiken ne! When Takki touched it 11 years ago, the Billiken’s feet were still rather flat.

Takki touching the Billiken in 8jida J

But over the years, so many people touched it that there are two holes on both feets! The hole on its right feet is deeper than its left. You can see how deep the hole is now…

Mich touched Billiken in Osaka Tower

I saw Osaka Jou from far, and the Ferris Wheel too (which we didn’t have time to go). These are just some random photos I took of Osaka, from the tower.

View from Osaka Tower

View of Osaka from Osaka Tower

After a while, we felt that we had enough of the place, amd walked down to the 4th level to take the lift down. We headed for a nearby train station, and sat for awhile outside “SPAWORLD”. Nyanco reminded us that this was the place Takki did the body massage in 8jidaJ~ hahaha, he was giggling non-stop so kawaii-ly then~~ hahaha~~

Takki doing massage in SPA WORLD in 8ji da J

Of course we didn’t go in for the massage. We just sat outside for a breather, and Kat was saying that she thinks Takki and Kansai Jrs then also sat there. She was right. I re-watched that 8jidaJ episode and found this:

Takki and Kansai Jrs outside SPA WORLD

Then, we headed for our next stop, the Okonomiyaki place in the Dream Boy Osaka SP. By the time we reached there, it was dark :)

Takki doll outside Okonomiyaki shop

We went in and sat at the same table as Takki & gang :) And I sat at Takki’s seat XD As there were 4 of them in the show, and there were also 4 of us then, Nyanco was Subaru, Kat and Azuki were Hina and Yoko *LOL *

Okonomiyaki menu

Azuki, Kat & I ordered the exact same dish as Takki :) But Nyanco ordered something else – Kimchi I think hehe… What we didn’t know was that each okonomiyaki was so huge!! It was really oishii but we had a hard time finishing it coz it was that huge!

Our Okonomiyakis

Me at “Takki’s” seat~ fufufufu~

Me at Takki’s seat in Okonomiyaki shop

And that’s my ipod. We showed the boss a video of himself, and he took some time to recognise it. He remembered “Takizawa-kun” and was trying to recall when it was that Takki did the filming there. He said “2-3 years”, but it was actually already almost 5 years ago :)

That was the last stop for the day. We returned to our hotel room, and I tried ONSEN for the first time. It was free at our hotel :D It was REALLY GOOOD ne~ The jacuzzi was so kimochiii! It was a lil’ hazukashii at first, but after a while, I got so used to it that… we decided to go for onsen again the next day! Maybe becoz I’m tanned, I was the only one who didn’t really turn red after the onsen. Ah, I also tried showering at 43 degrees fufufufu~~~

When I’m in Japan, usually I’ll drink beer or chu-hi at night, so that I can get to sleep. So this is the final shot for the day…

Takki doll with Asahi coffee

Next up will be Kyoto :D

9 Responses to “Takirev’09 – Day 2 (Osaka)”

  1. Kiarachan says:

    Ah ^_______________^

    You really had a nice time there! And I want to huggle Takki-plushie all over again ^^;;;

  2. michelle says:

    Kiarachan~ yup, it was fun time with u too, at the FC! haha! but yea… i miss takki doll too!! It’s in Spain now, so you’re nearer to him than i am :)

  3. simone says:

    Looks like a fun visit. I would not mind trying those good たこ焼き and okonomiyaki. And the giant crab made me think of a restaurant in Nagoya which has one like that, and in the evenings it is neon lit and the legs move, lol.
    And an uncrowded Johnny shop!

  4. hoshi says:

    Ya sounds like a fun visit. It is so nice to see Azuki’s Takki all over the pics also. Lol.

    Osaka is such a charming city ne. Thanks for the pics ^^

  5. i_heart_takki says:

    wow ~ it looks sooooo fun ~
    the takoyaki and okonomiyaki looks soooo gd ~~
    there is no okonomuyaki store in SG , at least i din find it ~ *sad*

  6. michelle says:

    i_heart_takki~ there is one in liang court ne! kat & i tried it before… once… but i think it was only ma ma dei lor… maybe we chose the wrong dish heh…

  7. Lis says:

    Um hi, just came across this by chance and I’m glad that you had a good time back then. :D I’m fairly new to the Takki community (but been a Johnny’s girl for ages-weird right?) Anyway I just wanted to ask if you know where I would be able to get a copy of the two shows that you visited the places of. <>
    I really hope you can help, I absolutely love younger Takki…and current Takki…and future Takki but especially chibi Takki :D Thank you.

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