We head back into the bustling heartland of Osaka in the evening to see it transformed into a throbbing neon paradise.
It is the most iconic and enduring image of modern Japan – eye splitting coloured lights as far as the eye can see. And Osaka does not disappoint!
Whether it’s giant puffer fish or octopus, to these jolly giant with his huge TV screen where you are the star, there is something to gawp at around every corner.
We head back to Dōtombori canal side to check out the huge skyscrapers.
They reach dazzlingly into the night sky. Each tower making garish, neon promises.
These ultra high tech paragons of consumerism are truly captivating and we linger for a while, just watching the people, watching the neon.
Naturally we have to visit our old friend the iconic Glico man as well, to check out his night time splendour.
Alas, the days are ticking down quickly towards the end of our trip . . . . still makes me sad to think of it ending, even a year later!!