So we got here

A 2-3 hour delay is not the best way to start a 9 hour flight, but a
father-in-law in hospital was visited and good vibes ensued all round.

Flights with babies are long. Take lots of toys, books and food and
take turns with the wrangling. Hazel wandered up and down the aisles
making herself cute and only cried during the descent.

We're at the Cross Hotel in the heart of Osaka, a luxury oasis we'd
heartily recommend, in a corner room with fab bath, one of those fancy
toilet seats you've heard about and many comfy trimmings.

Outside it looks like this at night, with local goths and fashionistas
strolling the alleys. Huge, well lit, safe, overwhelming. All yay.