Top 5: Internet

Japan holds the No. 2 spot in the list of countries with the fastest broadband connection, according to the 2010 report by US-based network provider Akamai Technologies. [physorg, thomas crampton]

And man, is it fast! My recent (one-of-my-procrastination-activities) internet speed test showed the following results:

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Because I’m leaving soon…

I am about to leave Japan in about a month, and honestly, I feel terribly sad.

Five months ago, all I wanted to do was to call home as much as I could, talk to friends (and even mere acquaintances) in Facebook, twitter, gtalk, YM! (lahat na!), and daydream of the things that I plan to do when I go back to the Philippines. I went to Tsukuba to meet with Filipino friends as much as I could just to be able to experience the good ol’ Pinoy tsismisan. The mere mention of sisig, crispy tenga (in Sefali, KNL, UP Diliman), sinigang na baboy and UP Diliman’s Beachouse barbecue could literally bring me tears.   I was THAT lonely and homesick. But now that I’m leaving soon, all I can think about is the multitude of things that I have yet to experience, and the things that I want to relive and never forget about Japan, especially Tokyo. I will definitely miss it, and if given a chance to visit it again, I will definitely do so in a heartbeat.

So as a parting tribute to the wonderful (almost-a-) year that was, I will be posting the top five things that I will miss most about Japan. One article per week – just in time for my arrival in the Philippines. Some things from the list may be huge and important, while others may seem mundane and insignificant. But every bit of it endeared Japan to me. :)

(I know that I am very behind with my blog posting and I still have a LOT of trips to chronicle. I will still find time to do this, don’t worry. :))

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Umeda Sky Tower

Golden Week Day 1: OSAKA
Nearest station: Umeda
Admission to deck: Y 700

Website: http://www.kuchu-teien.com/english/

The last stop for my Osaka day trip was the Umeda Sky Tower. I am not really fond of skylines nor of really high places, so I was not really excited to visit this famous landmark. But since my friends have been raving about how scary and thrilling the visit was, I had to try it.
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Osakajo (Osaka Castle)

Golden Week Day 1: OSAKA
Nearest station: Tanimachi-4-chome
Admission to main castle tower: Y 600

Situated at the heart of the city, Osakajo is perhaps the main landmark of Osaka. It is said to have been integral to the unification of Japan in the 16th century during the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

facade of the main tower

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Accommodations and other recommendations for a trip to Coron

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It has been exactly a year since I visited this beautiful place in Palawan (see previous post), and until now, I still consider it as my most favorite place in the world. <3

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Kaiyukan (Osaka Aquarium)

Golden Week Day 1: OSAKA
Nearest station: Osakako (Osaka Port)
Admission: Y 2000

Official website: http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/eng/

Osaka Aquarium

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Shitenno-ji

Golden Week Day 1: OSAKA

Nearest station: Shitennoji-mae-Yuhigaoka station

admission: Y 300 (main Garan only), Y 700 (combo ticket)

Built in 593 AD, Shitenno-ji is the oldest Imperial temple in Japan.  Shitenno refers to the four Buddhist Heavenly Kings.  The temple is said to be built as Prince Shotoku’s thanksgiving for helping him defeat the Mononobe clan. The temple grounds have actually been reconstructed several times. In spite of this, the different structures in the temple complex still reflect the original Buddhist architectural style of its time.

entrance to the temple grounds

little Buddha statues at the entrance

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