Japan Diaries 2: Day 19

Day 19 (June 4, 2018)

Ohayo! We're back to Kumatori in Osaka Prefecture after our 4-day Gifu-Nagano Road Trip with our Japanese family. 


What a beautiful day!
Buko pandan


We decided to stay home the whole morning to rest and wash our clothes. My wife and I also made the "most-requested" buko pandan dessert. 
AEON Mall in Sennan
Time to go shop in AEON Mall
After three years, we're back to this store
It's really awesome to bond with our Japanese family over coffee

That afternoon, we drove to AEON Mall in Sennan to have their pet dog Yomogi groomed. AEON Mall is memorable to us as it was the first mall that we have visited during our first travel to Japan four years ago. We took the opportunity to revisit, drink coffee, and have a great chat in Starbucks with our Japanese family just like before. 

Sennan Marble Beach
Loving the beach

We left the mall at around 4PM and drove to the nearby Sennan Marble Beach to stroll around and enjoy the view of Osaka Bay and the beautiful sunset that made the beach famous for couples out on a date. 
Shopping for pasalubong in Supercenter Trial

We didn't stay long though as Mr. Toshi wanted to bring us to Supercenter Trial (a discount mall) in Izumisano so that we could already buy some "pasalubong" for our family back home. There were plenty of discounted products to choose from so we didn't miss the chance to buy ingredients for some Japanese dishes that we fancied and we think can be cooked back home. 


The Star Gate Hotel as seen from the parking lot of Supercenter Trial

That night, Mr. Toshi cooked for us. We also partook the buko pandan dessert that my wife made. I'm proud to share that it was such a hit that we already got patrons if we start a buko pandan business here. Before calling it a day, I made sure to take a dip at Mr. Toshi's hot tub. It sure did make me miss our onsen dips during our previous road trip. 
It's hard to choose from the dozens of different products to buy as pasalubong
Here are some affordable products worth buying...
Here are our favorite products...
Saw these watermelons... Whew! they are very expensive.

To sum it up, today we got a chance to do the 4Rs. What's that you ask?
What a perfect day ender...

Well for half the day we managed to get our well deserved REST. Then we visited AEON Mall which made us REMEMBER and REMINISCE our first visit to Japan 4 years ago. Lastly, we got to RECIPROCATE for the great experiences with our Japanese family by making them their requested dishes and serving them in any possible way.


Overall, with day 19 coming into a close we suddenly got hit with the reality that we'd soon be going back to our country...
#Realitybites

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Comments

  1. That dish you shared looks great! What is it?

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  2. This is amazing! Japan is a beautiful country and I pray I get the chance to visit it someday! Your photos are amazing.

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    1. Thank you Christiana. I also pray that you get that chance to visit this beautiful country.

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  3. Nice post! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Wow! How fun! I would love to travel to Japan one day.

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  5. I want to taste that Buko Pandan and also sit on that marble heart at that beach :D

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  6. That supermarket is pretty neat and the soup? Looks interesting/good.

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  7. Hi I love all your pictures . Very specially that marble beach picture.Hope you guys enjoyed a lot :) Take me toooooooooooo :) :) Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thank you so much. Please do visit my blog for more of my Japan Series adventure.

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  8. I wish I travel to Japan some day. Love the photos but buying products might be difficult for me because I don't understand what is written on it :)

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    1. hahaha same issues here. Thank goodness we have our Japanese godfather to explain those products to us.

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  9. i live your experience with you. Your pictures are beautiful and tell your amzing story.

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  10. Wonderful photos... maybe someday I will be able to check out that place in real life!

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  11. That marble beach is amazing. I know you took a car but I wonder if you can take public transportation to there. And also, watermelon is generally expensive in the supermarkets. But, since you are going to Nagano, make sure to visit Matsumoto as they are famous for watermelons. And visit the JA store as the watermelons are better priced.

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    1. There is a public transpo going there. You'd see that in a separate article about Sennan Marble Beach.
      Really! I would surely include Matsumoto to my list of places to visit. =)

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  12. Looks like a really cool place to visit. I wish I could go there too!

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  13. Glad to see you had a good time. The sunset shot is beautiful.

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  14. This looks like a great trip! The Buko looks delicious!

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    1. It was a great trip Ashley. =)
      The buko was superb. You should try it out. =)

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  15. A lot of good sense in this article. Really nice reading, and thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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  16. I love how the buko pandan dessert looks, so yummy. I would really like to try it someday!

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    1. Thanks! My wife would really be happy to hear that a lot of people admires her buko pandan.

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  17. OMG how expensive those watermelons! I bet those are imported, right?

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    1. Hahaha No they are not. Japanese watermelons are really expensive specially the box shaped one.

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  18. That buko pandan dessert looked lovely. I've never heard of it, could you tell me what it is? And that photo of the sunset is brilliant, I'd love to have a view like that.

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    1. The word buko is a Filipino name for coconut while pandan is a plant used for flavoring in Southeast Asian countries. =) You should try it out.

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  19. I would love to see Japan one day! Looks like a lot of fun!

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  20. That Buko Pandan looks delicious. You should share your recipe too. I like Osaka and all that it has to offer. The beach is so inviting...

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    1. Hi Eliz. Would have a different post for the buko pandan someday. =)

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