Day Trip to Osaka
During our stay in Kyoto we hopped on the train to Osaka (about half an hour on the train) and spent a few hours walking around. The change in architecture struck us immediately as we left the station; tall monochromatic creations encased in glass that reflected the brilliant blue sky and converging lines all over the place. It felt much less like a tourist destination and more a hub of serious business and number-crunching... We could be completely wrong of course but that's the impression we got from the grey suits walking around. It also reminded us very much of Nik Speller and his architectural Instagram posts.
One place that we really wanted to get to in Osaka was Truck, but the only day we could make it there was the only day of the week that they're closed so it wasn't meant to be. Reason number 28598659264872345984539874 to re-visit.
We got the heads-up about a place called Biotop and found it in amongst an area filled with independent shops, something akin to the Northern Quarter in Manchester we reckon (somewhere we want to become friends with this year!). We ate lunch there and walked the streets drinking it all in.
Biotop Osaka is a lifestyle store (it sounds odd when you follow the word 'lifestyle' with 'shop' so please excuse our Americanism) that sells gorgeous clothing, homeware and is also home to a greenhouse full of houseplant specimens. The greenhouse (which is the most perfect size) is tucked into the side of the building and breaks up the shop from it's café. We are all set for plants in our house now as we feel like we've reached an equilibrium between them and us but we spotted this great little bubble... It's a storm glass and we liked it so much that we asked for one for Christmas. Ours is from Eastern Biological on Hackney Road but available online through Trouva.