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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #30 on: April 10, 2019, 11:03:38 AM »
We just have Inspector Marse  :D.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2019, 11:49:31 AM »
No doubt he's the butt of bad jokes.

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What was this thread about anyway?
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2019, 10:12:27 PM »
Pretty awesome. So Squidlet is exposed to this?

Indeed, "Detective Buttock-Face" is a regular fixture on Saturday morning kids' TV.

I suppose it makes a change from all those kittens, but more of those later....
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« Reply #33 on: April 12, 2019, 02:38:15 AM »
.... after breakfast at MacDonald's which was conveniently across the street from the hotel, off for a bit of exploring. We set off on foot with the intention of finding that huge pedestrian crossing, but got hopelessly lost, it was hot, and I think it was miles from where we were anyway.

The queue here was longer than at MacDonald's.... live king crab for brekky, anyone?



So, realising we were lost, we headed back to the hotel in what I hoped was a short cut...



....to catch the subway at my daughter's suggestion to Ueno, where the Tokyo zoo was supposedly located. The Tokyo underground network is a labyrinth which makes the London Tube seem easy. However, we eventually found ourselves outside Ueno station (on the right), and came across a couple of sights which were strange at first, but by the end of three weeks, we hardly noticed.

Masks....



...and school excursions everywhere. Japanese kids seem to spend a lot of time outside the classroom - mind you the school day is longer.



By now it was early afternoon and really starting to get rather hot. The zoo was a bit further away than it looked on the map, and by now Bealman's ankle problem was starting to become noticeable. However, a monorail track was spotted. So, cameraphone at the ready, train coming, click! Wait a minute... no train!!!



I was expecting it to be running on top of the rail, but of course it was hanging underneath it!  :smackedface: :doh:



By the time we got to the zoo, the ankle was playing up quite intensely, but I did my best. The zoo is actually quite well laid out with a large variety of exhibits. These elephants will undoubtedly understand more Japanese than Bealman  ;D



....and the thing with a towel on it's head was a gorilla who obviously had more sense than Bealman shading his head from the sun, and fanning himself with a branch.



At this point, a combination of the ankle and heat caused an adjournment of the day's activities to a watering hole near the hotel to relax with a mighty fine Japanese beer.

Next day, off to Osaka to meet up with Bealette, and our first encounter with a Shinkansen!
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2019, 05:27:54 AM »
look forward to the next instalment george

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« Reply #35 on: April 12, 2019, 09:04:39 AM »

However, we eventually found ourselves outside Ueno station (on the right), and came across a couple of sights which were strange at first, but by the end of three weeks, we hardly noticed.

Masks....



...and school excursions everywhere. Japanese kids seem to spend a lot of time outside the classroom - mind you the school day is longer.



Great adventures, George.  Thank you very much.

Masks are not unknown in Edinburgh... some visitors wear them.  They must assume us Caledonians are a smelly lot!  And as for the school teacher; much better dressed than they are hereabouts.

Thanks again and all the very best.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #36 on: April 12, 2019, 09:05:45 AM »
Not entirely sure such a trip was a good idea timing wise with your ankle issues, George, so I hope you consulted the medics first. Good pics!

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« Reply #37 on: April 12, 2019, 09:42:45 AM »
I consulted Dr VB before the trip.  :) Don't forget, this was twelve months ago, and you know the outcome, Mick!

The teacher looked just as hassled as his western counterparts and looks like he enjoys a beer after work  :beers:
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« Reply #38 on: April 13, 2019, 10:02:08 AM »
Ok next day, time to head off to meet up with Bealette. So, on a Saturday morning, Bealman came face to face with a legend he'd first read about in a Meccano Magazine in the late fifties - A SHINKANSEN!!



Inside, just like being in an aircraft, only cleaner and much more room. The attendants, such as the one in the photo, always bow when they enter and leave the carriage.



Time to break out some refreshment as the train pulls effortlessly out of Tokyo. The speed and smoothness of these machines is astonishing.



Shortly, our first glimpse of Mount Fuji:



It was a bit hazy, but we got some good views - not that they lasted long at the speed we were going!





After a quick couple of hours, we arrived at Shin-Osaka, and said goodbye to our trusty car 15....



I inspected the tail-end of the beast....



....while crews were changed. The train crews comport themselves like airline crews. Most impressive.



Unlike Bealman, who got his finger in this shot!



Next episode... Osaka!
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #39 on: April 13, 2019, 10:18:54 AM »
In case you weren't aware, the crew change at Osaka is because that's the boundary between JR Tokai (who run the line from Tokyo to Osaka) and JR West (who run it from Osaka to Fukuoka).
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #40 on: April 13, 2019, 10:21:09 AM »
No, I was not! Cheers, Ian!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #41 on: April 13, 2019, 11:03:40 AM »
thank you george

i really did enjoy my experience on the shinkansen and whizzing past mount fuji - hope you enjoyed the beer

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« Reply #42 on: April 13, 2019, 12:15:57 PM »
Awesome! Very envious of your trip so far. Japan is on my short-list...(but it's long on $$ so...?)
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« Reply #43 on: April 13, 2019, 12:53:52 PM »
In case you weren't aware, the crew change at Osaka is because that's the boundary between JR Tokai (who run the line from Tokyo to Osaka) and JR West (who run it from Osaka to Fukuoka).

Does JR Ewing take it further? :-X

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« Reply #44 on: April 14, 2019, 02:20:18 AM »
Awesome! Very envious of your trip so far. Japan is on my short-list...(but it's long on $$ so...?)

Not necessarily so..... dunno what airfares are like from the USA, but a budget airline here offered bargain basement flights at the time we went. In fact, ridiculously so. Sydney-Tokyo return A$ 800 - for the two of us!! That's only US$576!

Once over there,yeah, some items were expensive, but must-haves like beer were around the same as Aussie prices, and you could eat at local food chains cheaply. We'd stock up on essentials and sandwiches, snacks, beer, etc at 7/11 or Family Marts, which are everywhere.
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