2007年2月アーカイブ

I have received news about the convention for social security between France and Japan through the AFJ Kansai. Some files of the official papers are available on the first page of their website AFJ Kansai.

Our son got a flue and we took him to an emergency hospital for kids on Sunday.

At first we didn't know it was flue but our son got around 40 degree temparature. On sunday most of the hospitals are closed and we needed to take him to an emergency one : Nakano Kodomo Byoin.

A doctor spoke English fortunatelly and I didn't need to translate what he said for my husband.

The total amount ¥22,000 is very expensive but Osaka local government gives special discound for kids' medication. The actual amount we paid was ¥500 on that day.This kind of discount depends on your local government in Japan. To get this discount, the kid needs to be involved in somebody's health insurance, usually one of his/her parent.

Further details about health insurance discount, ask your town office.

Osaka City Wards List

Ward Location
Kita 530-8401
2-1-27 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka City
Miyakojima 534-8501
2-16-20 Nakanocho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City
534-0027
5-15-21 Nakanocho, Miyakojima-ku, Osaka City *
Fukushima 553-8501
3-17-23 Yoshino, Fukushima-ku, Osaka City
Konohana 554-8501
1-8-4 Kasugadekita, Konohana-ku, Osaka City
Chuo 541-8518
1-2-27 Kyutarocho, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Nishi 550-8501
4-5-14 Shimmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka City
Minato 552-8510
1-15-25 Ichioka, Minato-ku, Osaka City
Taisho 551-8501
2-7-95 Chishima, Taisho-ku, Osaka City
Tennoji 543-8501
20-33 Shimpoincho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City
543-0002
4-3-2 Ueshio, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City *
Naniwa 556-8501
1-4-20 Shikitsuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City
Nishiyodogawa 555-8501
1-2-10 Mitejima, Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City
Yodogawa 532-8501
1-18-21 Jusohigashi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City
532-0023
1-18-31 Jusohigashi, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka City *
Higashiyodogawa 533-8501
2-1-4 Toyoshin, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City
Higashiyodogawa Branch Office 535-0023
4-15-1 Higashiawaji, Higashiyodogawa-ku, Osaka City
Higashinari 537-8501
2-8-4 Oimazatonishi, Higashinari-ku, Osaka City
537-0014
1-19-29 Oimazatonishi, Higashinari-ku, Osaka City *
Ikuno 544-8501
3-1-19 Katsuyamaminami, Ikuno-ku, Osaka City
Asahi 535-8501
1-1-17 Omiya, Asahi-ku, Osaka City
535-0013
2-5-26 Morishoji, Asahi-ku, Osaka City *
Joto 536-8510
3-4-29 Chuo, Joto-ku, Osaka City
536-0005
3-5-11 Chuo, Joto-ku, Osaka City *
Tsurumi 538-8510
5-4-19 Yokozutsumi, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka City
Abeno 545-8501
1-1-40 Fuminosato, Abeno-ku, Osaka City
Suminoe 559-8601
3-1-17 Misaki, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City
559-0002
3-5-16 Hamaguchihigashi, Suminoe-ku, Osaka City *
Sumiyoshi 558-8501
1-8-18 Tonotsuji, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City
558-0042
1-4-8 Tonotsuji, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City *
Higashisumiyoshi 546-8501
1-13-4 Higashitanabe, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City
Yata Branch Office 546-0023
6-7-25 Yata, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City
Hirano 547-8580
3-8-19 Setoguchi, Hirano-ku, Osaka City
Nagayoshi Branch Office 547-0016
2-6-58 Nagayoshinagahara, Hirano-ku, Osaka City
Uriwari Branch Office 547-0024
7-2-7 Uriwari, Hirano-ku, Osaka City
Kami Branch Office 547-0004
1-9-3 Kamikuratsukuri, Hirano-ku, Osaka City
Nishinari 557-8501
1-5-20 Kishinosato, Nishinari-ku, Osaka City

in aquarium 2 If you want to spend a nice and cultural afternoon, we recommand you the reputed auqrium of Osaka : Kaiyukan. This is one of the biggest aquariums in Kansai area. On their web site, you can see 16 different theames of aquariums. These are Japanese pages but they have nice photos and you can see what they exhibit.

in aquarium 1 You can enjoy a well set-up exhibition that takes you around the ring of fire of the Pacific ocean. A whale shark, a ocean sunfish, sea otters, king penguins and pacific whitesided dolphines are famous ones. Right after penguin parades which are scheduled at 1:30 and 3:30pm might be very crowded. We entered around that time and we were frustrated for a while. When you reach the main aquarium, you have more space to enjoy watching fish and other creatures without queing. There are 13 aquariums around the main one. Some of the aquariums, you can enjoy watching from the different floors. See more info.

pengouin paradeAn english audio-guide called "Aqua Navi" is available for those who wish to use it. At the beginning of the year we recommand the pengouins parade which is fun but very short. Our son was so excited to watch penguins so close. Because of the bird flu, they canceled an event to take photo with penguins.

info center But you better eat before, the restaurants of the Tempozan Market place being quite expensive despite the coupons you will retrieve from the information desk with your subway card: "Kaiyukan kippu" . It is expensive, and not always as good as it should be. If you buy Kaiyukan pikku, you can use subway as many times you want on that day. You can get off the subway to have lunch on the way without paying extra charge. It is easy to acces : 5 minutes walk from the Osakako station on the Subway Chuo Line. Here is the mapKaiyukan access map. Coming by this mean you can buy a special transportation card called "Kaiyukan kippu" that include the entrance of the aquarium and allows you to save some money. Normal entrance fee is ¥2,000 per adult. This transportation card includes entrance fee and one day pass to use subway. The price is ¥2,400 per adult. Useally subway charge from our station to Osakako station is ¥310 per adult and rount ticket will be ¥620 per adult. By using Kaiyukan kippu we saved ¥220 per person. If you come from longer distance, you may save a lot more money. For example, if you take subway from Namozu, you can save ¥660 per perspon. For more detail, ask your subway station staff.

miniature This little museum is an interesting mean to spend a little afternoon. It gives a glimpse of japanese life with a real size reproduction of a little neighbourhood of the Edo period. The visit is interesting for the little details. It is nice to have the explaination by some of the guides. English explanation is avairable by a volunteer staff. You can rent an autoguide in Englsih, and the main brochures are in English. For those of you who have kids, you can give them in the street, a few staff are there to look after them and entertain them with some games and toys.

Osaka museum of living and housingOn the second floor of the museum you have a few miniature of the city over ages, with the explaination and illustration of the main characteristics of that period. It is all in Japanese, and there is only the view of miniature to entertain those who don't speak Japanese. There is a bit of a surprise for those brave enough to wait through the Japanese explainations.

Here is the website of the museum. It is extremly simple to go there: the museum is at the exit number 3 of the Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome station on the tanimachi or sakaiuji line. Right there you take the elevator to the 8th floor and you're in the museum.