In March, I was honored to participate in a joint exchangeprogram amongst the Asia Branch, the North America Branch, and the Construction Division. In addition to my training program in Tokyo, I also had the opportunity to travel to Osaka to visit the new office at the Obayashi Osaka Headquarters. The Umekita Project is currently the largest project at the Osaka headquarters.

By the way, I visited not only famous places in Osaka, but also Kyoto and Nara.
Osaka is a vibrant and bustling city. People in Osaka seem to dress more uniquely than in Tokyo, and prices are much cheaper than in Tokyo. I visited many places in Osaka such as Dotonbori (Namba), Universal Studios, Expocity, Expo'70 Commemorative Park.

Then we went to Kyoto. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan, but unlike Osaka, Kyoto seems quieter. I have been to Hue City, Vietnam, and I feel almost the same. Kyoto is famous for matcha products, in which matcha and matcha ice cream were two dishes I enjoyed and was very impressed. I visited famous places in Kyoto such as Kinkakuji, Chikurin Arashiyama, Senbon Torii, and Gion.

In addition, this is also my first time to experience a capsule hotel. I was quite apprehensive at first but actually the layout and service at the hotel made me feel quite comfortable. If you have a chance, give it a try.

Next we went to Nara, as well as Kyoto, this place is not bustling but has an ancient, quiet and peaceful atmosphere. We went to Kofukuji Temple and Nara Park, where deer roam freely and are friendly with humans. You will feel peace and serenity when coming here.