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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 8518 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #255 on: May 19, 2019, 03:17:30 AM »
.....we arrived at Nagoya late in the evening, but, like most cities of the world, bustling at night.





I'd arranged a hotel close to the station once again (I really feel you have no choice when you're on foot with luggage, in a strange place), so walking was kept to a minimum. However, Japanese crossings are huge, wide and complex, so there is often still a lot of walking to be done.

Simply crossing the road in these places is a challenge.... the pedestrian crossing is wide, and people are lined four deep on either side, waiting for the green light. When that happens, WHAM! Both sides of the road head toward each other, like two armies going into battle. Throw a few folk on bicycles into the mix, and well.... as I say, a challenge, especially with luggage!

Central Nagoya has a lot of very new buildings, all very high rise, but tucked down a side street, not very far from our hotel was this funny little place, which I never got to see the inside of, unfortunately. The sign reads:

"Please relish original wine. I also prepare much delicious dish and am waiting for it. Please come in."



Next morning, the major destination of the day was the Toyota Museum. Now I'm no petrolhead, but I'd heard that it was really good, plus Mrs B has driven Toyotas all her life (we have a Corolla now). So off we went back to the station for our tourist bus passes. This is Nagoya station, only opened in 2017 after refurbishment, if I recall:



More new architecture:





But, just over the road from the building above, and more importantly, right on 11am, look what Bealman found.....



Once again, like Italian restaurants, this chain of bars (The Hub, mentioned earlier by railsquid), is the Japanese idea of what an English pub looks like. However, they haven't done too bad a job, and the food and drinks are reasonably priced.



And see? We weren't the only ones in there at that time of day!

Though to be honest, I think that guy had just come to ask if he could use the toilet  :D



.... next up, the excellent Toyota Museum!  :beers:

« Last Edit: May 19, 2019, 11:00:21 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #256 on: May 19, 2019, 05:43:01 AM »
Looks like a fabulous time you are having. I must say it is my favourite country in the world (not that it doesn't have many of its own problems). Doesn't hurt my other half being Yokohama born  ;)  It is such a mix of wacky, Western, traditional and respectful. And, every season is so different, not like boring one season Perth. I was hiking through Hokkaido in the snow last Feb and it was a completely different kind of magical to those brilliant autumn colours of Wakayama the year before or cherry blossoms before that.

Nowhere in the world can you rely on trains as much as this place. To the point you start to get miffed when one dares to turn up 2 minutes late. And some really pretty scenic routes, be that the countryside or coastline, shinkansen or steam.

Keep the pics coming, prompting lots of memories.


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« Reply #257 on: May 19, 2019, 06:06:13 AM »
We look forward to hearing about toyota and japanese railways

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #258 on: May 19, 2019, 09:40:38 AM »
Thanks, folks. Will keep em coming.

Please be aware though, that this trip was 12 months ago, and I'm relying on my withering memory cell  :beers:
« Last Edit: May 19, 2019, 09:41:41 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #259 on: May 19, 2019, 01:07:37 PM »
 :hellosign: Fascinating & really interesting George, looking forward to the next episode
   regards Derek.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #260 on: May 24, 2019, 01:35:48 AM »
Thanks, folks. Will keep em coming.

Please be aware though, that this trip was 12 months ago, and I'm relying on my withering memory cell  :beers:

How's the memory cell holding up?
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #261 on: May 24, 2019, 02:05:19 AM »
The cell is distracted this weekend. Bealette2 wedding in North Queensland. Currently in Palm Cove surf club sucking Great Northern beer  :D
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #262 on: May 24, 2019, 02:09:41 AM »
 :beers:

I'll leave you to it then!
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #263 on: May 24, 2019, 05:27:15 AM »
congratulations to Bealette2 on her wedding

bet your a proud dad and will walk her up bthe aisle

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #264 on: May 24, 2019, 07:07:34 AM »
Dad will be sitting back on his crutches watching  ;)
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« Reply #265 on: May 24, 2019, 07:30:35 AM »
congratulations from us all

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #266 on: May 24, 2019, 08:36:59 AM »
Hi George,

You'd probably be at the right speed on crutches. My sister kindly asked me to walk her up the aisle at her Wedding as our Dad had passed a few years before.

We had an hour practice lesson with a very stern drill sergeant of an organist. 'Your going too fast!', 'stop looking at your feet!', 'you're not in sync!' etc. In the end I said (with my sister's agreement) that we can't walk like that (the one step, one step thing), it's her day and we'll just walk normally but slower.

We arrived at the alter and the organist played for at least another minute although it seemed like five. My future brother in law mouthed 'you've gone too fast'. Luckily I had to go and sit with the bridesmaids as I could see that my sister was going to get the giggles. We were terrible at that in Church as kids :).

Sorry to bore you. Anyway, congratulations to Bealette 2 and hope you all have a lovely day. Only been as far North in Queensland as Airlie Beach but I suppose in Oz terms that's just down the road.

Palm Cove sounds nice. Enjoy!

Cheers weave  :beers:

 

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #267 on: May 29, 2019, 04:49:52 AM »
Thanks folks, only got back yesterday after a very hectic few days in the far north. Wedding very successful - short self-hijacked thread here....

Thurs 23rd here we go again....



....and just to prove I'm still a bit indisposed..... at least I managed to fit!!!



Even though I'm not really a tropical person, I must admit that Palm Cove is very nice. Wonder how it got that name?



Anyway, Bealman's old college mate (a Yorkshireman) and his wife live just south of Cairns, so a meetup was arranged at the surf club on friday, and copious amounts of beer were consumed. The surf club:



....empty glasses!



As young people are wont to do things differently these days, the bride & groom were in colours and the guests were all in white. Here's Mrs, B, pregnant Bealette1, Japanese Bealette3 on the left, and new in-laws to the right:



White in abundance. Sort of like the officer's mess in the Navy  ;D



...and of course, yours truly, before painkillers......



....then the cocktails kicked in!



....however, I sat the dances out, though Mrs B (in the Acoubra hat)and everyone else didn't!



Anyway, a good time was had. A sign up on the beach always reminds you where you are though....



That's enough hijacking..... let's get back to the Toyota museum, Nagoya!



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« Reply #268 on: May 29, 2019, 05:29:44 AM »
thanks for sharing

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #269 on: May 29, 2019, 07:20:20 AM »

Anyway, a good time was had. A sign up on the beach always reminds you where you are though....



Ah, if there are crocodiles this must be Switzerland. Not sure what they're doing in the water though.
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