The Osaka Travelogue – Part 1 : Accommodation in Osaka

Osaka has always been close to my heart as it’s the first city I did my first ever solo trip. Yes, first solo trip in a country I’ve never been where I dont speak a word of the language? Quite an adventure, I must say. Also, Osaka is known as Japan’s food city and the (highly debated) birthplace of okonomiyaki (savory cabbage pancake) and takoyaki (savoury octopus balls pastry?/buns?) – but more on that later.

I’m writing a multiple part breakdown of my trip to Osaka. Hopefully I can break it down with enough information that will be useful for you! :)

  • Part 1: Accommodation in Osaka (this post!)
  • Part 2 : Day 1 – Umeda Sky Building, Dotonbori (upcoming)
  • Part 3 : (Upcoming)


In both my trips to Osaka, I have opted for hostels. The hostel I stayed at this trip was “Ark Hostel & Cafe Dining” which was a relatively new hostel that has an attached café. The hostel is not difficult to find and is in a good location. The cafe is also very cute, I had lunch there on my first day.

arkhostel arkcafe

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Get Miyazaki’s last film “The Wind Rises” in Malaysia at AniManGaki 2014

Have you heard of Miyazaki and/or Studio Ghibli (株式会社スタジオジブリ Kabushiki-gaisha Sutajio Jiburi)? The world was shocked by news of its closure (later clarified as a hiatus) when its famous co-founder Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement.

Howl's Moving Castle My Neighbor Totoro Spirited Away
Howl’s Moving Castle My Neighbour Totoro Spirited Away

Even if you are not familiar with them, you would have definitely heard of the animated films titled ‘Howls Moving Castle’, ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ and ‘Spirited Away’ the later which is one of the first non-English language films to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Main Poster - The Wind Rises

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Recipe : Nando’s Peri Peri Sauce & Yogurt Roast Chicken

Nando’s have always been very  generous in inviting me to events and giving me bottles of Peri-Peri sauce. My favourite is Garlic as Hot is a bit too spicy for me. So, I thought to use some of the extra Hot Peri-Peri sauce to make a chicken marinade.

Well to be fair, this isn’t a recipe per say, just do everything based on your taste/preference and of course, depending on the amount of chicken you have. The yogurt here works a bit like a meat tenderizer so you get tender chicken meat – or so I like to think.

Firstly you need to defrost the raw chicken (if its frozen) and trim access fat. Any piece/cut would do but here I used chicken thighs, which is my favourite. Breasts would be a healthier option I think, just make sure to check it so its not over cooked (and dry).

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