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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 11556 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #120 on: April 29, 2019, 09:16:20 AM »
I think Squiddy means that it's for the blind. Their white sticks are guided by the grooves and they stop at the studs.

I didn't work that out when I was there.

I'm not sure the comparison to the Faller road system is the best analogy!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #121 on: April 29, 2019, 10:05:51 AM »
As an aside, I recall having an Indian meal in a restaurant just off Memphis Airport and it tasted nothing like what I would have expected. I was told that's because many of the spices used in Indian cooking were not allowed into the country. I can't imagine that happening in Japan, though?

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« Reply #122 on: April 29, 2019, 11:07:25 AM »
They'd be expecting you to eat Cajun  ;)
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« Reply #123 on: April 29, 2019, 12:49:42 PM »



By the way, the food in the window is plastic, not real. One of the cool things about Japan is that just about every eatery you go to, you know what you're getting before you order - you can look at the plastic version in the window!


These plastic models of the dishes were a godsend when I was in Tokyo thirty odd years ago. No way could I read any menus. Just to be able to point at one of them and get fed was brilliant!

I do however remember one Japanese gentleman sitting close by slurping a large bowl of soup. While he was obviously enjoying it I was a little concerned that it actually had little things darting about in it. I kid you not.  :o

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« Reply #124 on: April 29, 2019, 04:15:16 PM »
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Even the island's electrical supply was tidy compared to the mess under Bealman's layout!

very tidy compared to Thailand

But  vietnam must  be the  winner  at electrickery knitting



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« Reply #125 on: April 29, 2019, 04:23:20 PM »
That second picture reminds me of something.  :hmmm:
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« Reply #126 on: April 29, 2019, 04:34:19 PM »
Here's a funny thing - I went to China once, and the food there was not in the least like any Chinese food I'd experienced in Europe or Japan...

Most of the "Indian" restaurants in Japan seem to be owned by Nepalis anyway (something to do with historically relaxed immigration regulations for Nepal). Some are more authentic than others.

Exactly the same here, most "Indian" restaurants are usually Bangladeshi and most 'foreign' cuisine bears little resemblance to what is actually served in the native country. Makes sense - it's catering for the local (as in national) tastes. The idea of a Japanese Italian makes me shudder though. I'm imagining sushi pizzas.

Why do you keep referring to yourself in the 3rd person Bealman? I've never noticed that before.

edit: sorry, njee20's never noticed that before ;)

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« Reply #127 on: April 29, 2019, 04:53:12 PM »
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it's catering for the local (as in national) tastes.
not always the case.The best indian meal ive had was in phonsovan,but no way could they make a vindaloo  hot enough to satisfy the locals,well not without asbestos plates.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #128 on: April 29, 2019, 11:12:34 PM »

Why do you keep referring to yourself in the 3rd person Bealman? I've never noticed that before.

edit: sorry, njee20's never noticed that before ;)

Comes from reading too many J. P. Donleavy books  ;)
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« Reply #129 on: April 30, 2019, 01:41:47 AM »
That second picture reminds me of something.  :hmmm:

It certainly looks like the underside of my layout, for sure!!
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« Reply #130 on: April 30, 2019, 02:07:04 AM »
Next day dawned bright, so back to the station to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto. This was our last stay in a "western" style hotel, so goodbye Granvia (there's those yellow grooves again, but now their function has been explained, it's obvious. It never occurred to stupid Bealman here, though! How long have they been a feature of Japanese life, Squiddy?):



In the morning sunshine, Okayama didn't seem such a bad place:





And I got to see a couple of Shinkansens in different liveries:





Plus this beastie, before being whisked away to Kyoto in total comfort and speeds we were becoming quite accustomed to.....



....continued
« Last Edit: April 30, 2019, 02:57:49 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #131 on: April 30, 2019, 04:40:32 AM »
Next day dawned bright, so back to the station to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto. This was our last stay in a "western" style hotel, so goodbye Granvia (there's those yellow grooves again, but now their function has been explained, it's obvious. It never occurred to stupid Bealman here, though! How long have they been a feature of Japanese life, Squiddy?):

Good question; I certainly remember them from my first visit in 1993. I'd guess they started becoming prevalent sometime in the 1980s but don't quote me on that.

And I got to see a couple of Shinkansens in different liveries:



For the record, this is the still futuristic-looking 500 series, introduced over 20 years ago so by Japanese standards it's clapped out and reduced to running short-formation "local" services in western Japan. I think they are scheduled for retirement in the next couple of years.

You were lucky to have visited before they painted one in Hello Kitty colours.
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« Reply #132 on: April 30, 2019, 05:08:30 AM »
Oh, it was one of those! I saw that Hello Kitty one on here, I think.
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« Reply #133 on: April 30, 2019, 05:59:42 AM »
Oh, it was one of those! I saw that Hello Kitty one on here, I think.

Available in N scale from Tomix, of course. It would look just spiffing trundling through the Castle Beal & Eden scenery, no doubt.

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« Reply #134 on: April 30, 2019, 06:20:56 AM »
Want one!  :drool:

Must have a word with Bealette.....  ;D

Ooops, forgot - she's home now  :(
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