Sunday at Hirakata Park

Hirakata Park entrance gate

Last Sunday I visited Hirakata Park in Hirakata, Osaka. The weather was sunny and but not too hot so it was a enjoyable day to spend outside 🙂

Hirakata Park’s main roller coaster area

There are over 40 different kind of rides and attractions in the park including all the common ones like flat rides, roller coasters, water rides, dark rides free falls and a Ferris wheel. You can also spend time walking around the rose garden and watching the shows happening all around the area with only paying the entrance fee. The park is mainly targeted for children but there are still quite a lot of stuff which adults can enjoy too! If you happen to get hungry, there are many different kind of restaurants ranging from McDonald’s hamburgers to Japanese style food.

Hirakata Park’s biggest roller coaster the Red Falcon

Pokemon event’s special Pikachu mascot

During our visit there was still a special Pokemon event going on which definitely got me interested also. First you would start from a place near the entrance with big Pikachu mascot in the front, where they gave you a map of places you need to visit to gather all needed Pokemon equipment. After visiting all these places you would end up at the parks Ferris wheel where the main thing was happening. There you received a pad device on which you would then play special Pokemon game during the ride!

At the event’s starting place they showcased some of the Pokemons

A dance show/musical performed at the restaurant area

One thing I was invited to do was to watch a dance show/musical where one of the Come on UP’s Kansai office staff performed. Considering the weather it was quite amazing that they were even able to dance in those suits for almost a half hour. Unfortunately because of my Japanese language skills, I cannot really tell you what the show was about other than it had something to do with good and bad umbrellas but it was fun to watch anyway ^^

Me and Come on UP’s Aya-san from the dance show

That’s all from this week, let’s see what I can find next week!






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DIY in the Arashiyama House


Last week we were doing maintenance at Arashiyama house in Kyoto. The house is in good condition in general but same as for any other house, there is always at least small things you can do to improve it. This time I ended up doing some small DIY projects around the house.

Some of the tiles were broken and loose in the bathroom and we decided to fix that. First I cleaned up the area and took of some unwanted old adhesive from the tiles. After that I spread tile adhesive to the bottom side of the tiles and in the spaces around the tiles and put the tiles carefully on their places. And lastly the adhesive lines around tiles were leveled using screwdriver and paper and the surrounding area cleaned up from the adhesive.

In the utility room one side of the wooden frame was looking worn out so we decided to to give it a new paint cover. The part of the frame is not in the easiest position to paint as it’s close to the washing machine. Protecting the surrounding areas is really important before painting because it’s much more annoying getting the paint off from places it shouldn’t have went than putting the covers in place. This time I just cut open a big plastic bag and taped the pieces around the frame. The color we used was something that we had been using before for other wooden things too. The paint was left to dry with the covers in place to remind the house residents about the painting. I was really happy with the result as the wood was looking like a new again!