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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #210 on: May 14, 2019, 08:34:02 AM »
Four cans, well best to 'try before you buy'.....the crate (or is it slab in OZ) :D

The 3pm - 7pm Happy Hour looked very appealing. I could see myself getting into all sorts of trouble with the missus while she was off window shopping.

Another nice set of pics. All looks fun.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #211 on: May 14, 2019, 08:41:38 AM »
loving the blog @Bealman, makes me want to go back and see Japan properly. If I remember I went to the 7eleven's to use the ATM's as they were the only ones which would accept foreign debit cards.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #212 on: May 14, 2019, 08:56:41 AM »
Yep, that's still the case. That's where we'd get cash.

Also sandwiches for the next day's travelling. All white bread, though. Seemed to be an adversity to brown or wholemeal.
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« Reply #213 on: May 14, 2019, 09:08:51 AM »
Glad you enjoyed the bar. Fascioating trip
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #214 on: May 14, 2019, 10:36:18 AM »

Once again, I'll rely on railsquid to supply details of this beastie.






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« Reply #215 on: May 14, 2019, 10:56:25 AM »
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I was just pleased I got one up on Squiddy!  ;D  ;)

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« Reply #216 on: May 14, 2019, 11:39:07 AM »
Four cans, well best to 'try before you buy'.....the crate (or is it slab in OZ) :D

The 3pm - 7pm Happy Hour looked very appealing. I could see myself getting into all sorts of trouble with the missus while she was off window shopping.

Another nice set of pics. All looks fun.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Slabs, mate.  :beers:

Yes, it would seem Japanese clocks reckon one hour is really four!

Isn't it great?

And everything is  371 Yen!
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« Reply #217 on: May 14, 2019, 12:13:02 PM »
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Also sandwiches for the next day's travelling. All white bread, though. Seemed to be an adversity to brown or wholemeal.

Now that's my kind of town! :foodanddrink:
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« Reply #218 on: May 14, 2019, 12:37:26 PM »
Yep, Kyoto  is a pretty cool city.   :beers:
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« Reply #219 on: May 14, 2019, 02:03:47 PM »
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Also sandwiches for the next day's travelling. All white bread, though. Seemed to be an adversity to brown or wholemeal.

Now that's my kind of town! :foodanddrink:

I used to think that, and then I found Multi-seed farmhouse batch loaves...

... :drool:

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« Reply #220 on: May 15, 2019, 05:00:47 AM »
....the train departed (right on time to the second, naturally) and we were on our way to Nara:



At times, it was very reminiscent of my trip on the Festiniog back in 2014 (pics in Bealman's Spur-of-the-Moment UK Adventure), with the line flanked by houses and apartments on both sides:



... and yes, like days of old, we were looking over the driver's shoulder! I thought the white gloves were a nice touch.



The train belted along, crossing many roads:



Before things got a little more rural and we arrived at Nara..... to be continued...
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« Reply #221 on: May 15, 2019, 05:29:07 AM »
nothing better than route learning george !!!!!
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« Reply #222 on: May 16, 2019, 02:35:34 AM »
Just before moving on, Graham's post #212 above was an interesting observation. Despite all of the technical wizardry which is obvious in Japan, the country is still very much a cash-based society. Hardly anyone pays for stuff with cards. Bealette warned us about this in advance, and told us we'd be getting our money from 7/11, which is exactly what happened. I got used to Yen quite quickly.

Anyway, we had booked ryokan accommodation in a couple of places, and Nara was one of them. I thought they'd be out of the way, but this one was close to the station and the town centre. For the uninitiated, a ryokan is a traditional Japanese guest house, with beds on the floor, tatami floor coverings, and paper blinds. There are also communal baths called onsens, which use natural warm spring water. There are separate ladies and men's onsens, and while Mrs Bealman tried it, stripping naked and jumping in a pool with a bunch of equally naked Japanese men was not Bealman's  cup of tea, so he passed on that one.

Guests must leave their shoes in the foyer, where there is a locker room to store them.

After one visit there, Bealman discovered that it smelt something bad (as one would expect), and carried his shoes to the room from then on.





As can be seen, the rooms are somewhat basic, but at least this bed wasn't actually on the floor, but was raised slightly, thank heavens. Bealman's fascination with the toilets continued:





The pictures do not really convey just how small these facilities really are. Anyway, Bealman's toilet fixation would be rudely shattered the next day......

After dumping our stuff, time for a wee bit of exploration. After a walk up the main street, a gate to a park could be seen in the distance:



Inside of which was some interesting architecture:





Nara is another one of those Japanese places where deer roam freely. Here a bride gets photographed amongst the deer droppings, and Mrs B has another wildlife encounter:





While Nara is very nice, walking distances are quite formidable, and it was here that we did most walking. By now, my ankle was playing up again (it's a shame, because it sort of took the edge off the whole trip in a way) so in the late afternoon we headed back.....



As stated earlier, finding a bar open at this time of day in Japan is difficult, but Bealman sniffed one out, tucked away up this charming little laneway:



.....continued.....

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« Reply #223 on: May 16, 2019, 05:32:56 AM »
the bathroom bit small for my liking, the temple looked good, but hey thanks for that
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« Reply #224 on: May 16, 2019, 09:37:34 AM »
Why does there appear to be a two-stroke mixing can next to the crapper?

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