I like to consider myself a spontaneous person.  Usually, my weekends aren't particularly planned out.  If I feel up to it, I head to the train station and typically catch a Kyoto bound train.  Sometimes I have a destination in mind, but that certainly doesn't mean I will end up there.  Recently, all of my plans revolved around photography for two reasons.

One: I want to practice.
Two: I want something to blog about.

Take this last weekend, for example.  I wanted to see leaves so that I could take pictures.  I knew that I didn't want to go to Kyoto because I didn't really want to deal with the crowds, so instead I stayed in Osaka and went to Mino.  The crowds got the best of me there, too, so I hit up the city for some sausages and mulled wine.  While I was at the Christmas Market, I looked up.  This is what I saw.

The Christmas Market is located under the Umeda Sky Building, home of the Floating Garden Observatory.  I've always wanted to go to the top, but up until now I've always been with someone, ahem, who refused to go with me.  Well, I was all by myself and had the whole afternoon ahead of me, so I went inside.

If you fancy riding up to the top of the Sky Building, take the escalator to the 3rd floor, then follow signs to the glass elevator.  It will take you to the 35th floor, where you ride up these space station-esque escalators to the 39th floor to buy your ticket, (¥700 for adults).

There are little booths inside where you can sit and gaze out over the city.

This is the "Lumi Deck".  Sit down on the bench with your significant other and hold hands, then each of you touches the little silver handles on either side.  The floor lights up in different designs depending on your "love degree".

They also have a handy little camera stand.  Just set your camera in, set the timer and smile!

You can pretend like you are in Paris and buy a lock to attach to the fences.

The views of Osaka are unprecedented.  To be honest, it's not much to look at during the day, just a sprawling city.  What I really want to do is go back at night so that I can see Osaka lit up in all it's glory.  Apparently, the rooftop observatory floor glows in the dark, and that I have to see!

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