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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 10526 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #270 on: May 29, 2019, 07:38:48 AM »
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

And I can't see a leash on that dog  >:(
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #271 on: May 29, 2019, 07:53:31 AM »
Lovely to see the family enjoyment

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #272 on: May 29, 2019, 07:56:56 AM »
Being in my current situation did have some upsides.... people made sure my glass was never empty!  :beers:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #273 on: May 29, 2019, 04:06:29 PM »
Damned shame about the moonboot, George. No dad dancing strutting your stuff on the dance floor :(

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #274 on: May 30, 2019, 05:52:40 AM »
Meanwhile, back in Japan, you might be interested to read this article: Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can
Takahachikawa - Japanese and other trains

Birmingham Knotmore Street - (ex) GWR mainline through the Midlands

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #275 on: May 30, 2019, 06:56:50 AM »
I thought the name Palm Cove sounded familiar. Just checked my photos from the 2003 Railway Touring Company trip to Australia that I went on and we stayed in a hotel there for the first couple of days.
A very nice spot, though I can't remember seeing any signs about crocodiles!

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« Reply #276 on: May 30, 2019, 07:07:53 AM »
Meanwhile, back in Japan, you might be interested to read this article: Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can

Hmm. Well that certainly explains things a bit. However, it sort of conflicts with the excessive plastic wrapping which is so prevalent!

I must admit to being one of those confused tourists!
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« Reply #277 on: May 30, 2019, 07:11:54 AM »
I thought the name Palm Cove sounded familiar. Just checked my photos from the 2003 Railway Touring Company trip to Australia that I went on and we stayed in a hotel there for the first couple of days.
A very nice spot, though I can't remember seeing any signs about crocodiles!

I assume it was the Kuranda railway you went on from Palm Cove? (After a bus ride from Palm Cove to the railway!)
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« Reply #278 on: May 30, 2019, 07:39:32 AM »
I assume it was the Kuranda railway you went on from Palm Cove? (After a bus ride from Palm Cove to the railway!)

We stayed there 2 nights after arriving (fairly early in the day) into Cairns via Hong Kong. In the time we were there, the trip visited Green Island (by catamaran), Cairns-Kuranda Railway (one way, uphill ), Atherton Tablelands Railway (D17 4-6-4 haulage) and the Skyrail cable car (downhill) before departing on the Queenslander for Gympie on the third day.
A rather epic 3 week trip that eventually ended up at Hobart after visiting an awful lot of preserved rail sites and included a significant proportion of rail travel as well (including quite a chunk of the Tasrail system on charter trains, though diesel hauled due to a steam ban being in force). Certainly glad I did it, as the price of such trips has skyrocketed now!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #279 on: May 30, 2019, 08:21:13 AM »
That's very cool!

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=31624.0

I live here and didn't even know the Atherton Tablelands railway existed until now!  :thumbsup:

I do however love Tasmania and go there a lot. In fact at one time in the nineties, we nearly moved there. Even had a job lined up!

Anyhow, back to Japan... still some good railway stuff coming up!
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #280 on: May 31, 2019, 03:41:32 AM »
Meanwhile, back in Japan, you might be interested to read this article: Carefully, Japan Reconsiders the Trash Can

Hmm. Well that certainly explains things a bit. However, it sort of conflicts with the excessive plastic wrapping which is so prevalent!

I must admit to being one of those confused tourists!

In reference to the above, here's an example of what I mean.....

In Hiroshima, we were heading back to the hotel when Mrs B said she felt hungry and fancied an apple. Passing a supermarket - yes, a supermarket, not a 7/11, she discovered apples were hard to find, as was any of the fresh fruit such as oranges, bananas and so on that we are used to. She eventually found this:



One individually wrapped apple!!

I was astonished. Look at the unnecessary packaging and plastic. That apple cost 184 Yen, ie, A$2.30, 1.26 British Pounds.

One aspect which didn't really impress Bealman, I'm sorry.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #281 on: May 31, 2019, 04:19:00 AM »
Anyway, moving on, we obtained our trusty tourist bus pass, and headed off to the Toyota museum.

A new, imposing red brick building, the museum is certainly on a par with the railway museum, if not slightly better. Interestingly, when you pass through the doors, you are not greeted by a wall of cars. In fact, no cars at all!

What many people don't know is that Toyota did not begin with cars. They began making looms and spinning machinery for the textile industry. They started with water-powered spinning machines:



....gradually becoming more industrialised....





...most of this stuff is in working order, by the way. Leading up to more modern equipment...





....and the very latest computerised gear - fully operational and most impressive, spinning out cloth pictures of the museum (and Toyota vehicles, of course!)....





The transition to the motor section occurs through a passage containg a robot band, which unfortunately was not operating at the time.



This leads into a series of scenes showing early casting techniques and wooden contruction:





This I presume, is the first Toyota. It's built like a tank!!!







Heading out onto a balcony, Bealman was surprised to hear the sounds of a violin wafting across the vista. The robots were at it again!



The huge space contains not only cars, but working manufacturing equipment and robot production lines:





Lots of stuff of interest to petrolheads here.





Yep, press a button and that wheel starts spinning at a rate of knots. Dig the groovy whitewall tyres, man!



Then.... hushed silence.... the very first Toyota Corolla! We have a 2015 model at the moment, and the very first Toyota Celica! We had one of those too....



That Celica still looks uber cool.

Stay tuned, viewer.... more to come!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #282 on: May 31, 2019, 05:00:30 AM »
interesting historical trip. thank you for sharing


sorry i would never have paid 1.26 for an apple and all that packaging, thats too much   !!!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #283 on: May 31, 2019, 08:49:15 AM »
I personally think that was the best looking Celica they ever made, beautiful shape and I love that colour.

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« Reply #284 on: May 31, 2019, 09:29:44 AM »
Thanks!  :beers:

Our Celica was a 1978 model it's a different shape altogether. The original has a little bit of a Mustang look to it, I feel.

I loved our Celica. Red lights in the doors and everything. That's what made us get it  :-[

Unfortunately the Aussie UV destroyed the upholstery. Got so bad, I had to drive it standing up  ;)
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