Our day spent in Osaka was a hot one and it was also a public holiday and the place we stayed at; around the Shinsekai area where Tsutenkaku Tower is located; was packed with locals and tourists alike.
It's a bewildering place to be at, and an assault to the senses to put it mildly.
Hint: It's next to the Japan flag.
Another fun thing to do (well, for us at least) here is spot the Biliken.
Biliken is known in Osaka as “The God of Things As They Ought To Be”. The god has a mischievous smile with pointed elf-like ears, an elongated head and looks quite like a Buddha.
But here's the thing: Billiken is not even Japanese! Billiken was actually made by an art teacher from America and is a mascot for the Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University High School!