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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 9280 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #360 on: June 17, 2019, 04:15:59 AM »

....a few stragglers.....



To add some railway-related context, the tall thin brown building on the left is above the terminus of my local (private) line, and just about visible (if you know what you're looking for) is the bridge carrying the JR tracks (4 pairs of running lines, all grade-separated) north of Shinjuku station, which means I pass through this area, and over that crossing, quite regularly.

The guy in the picture here looks quite menacing, but I believe these guys are paid to advertise nearby eateries. We never felt threatened here.



Yup, the streets around there are full of touts for restaurants, karaoke etc.

If you walk around by yourself after dark, it's quite likely one or more gentlemen from west Africa will try to be your best friend (they work a lot with the "proffered handshake" trick) and tempt you with promises of, ahem, "company", into a bar they happen to know, where (according to reports by people who were stupid/drunk enough to follow the invitation) you will wake up some hours later dazed and with a severely battered credit card.

But in general, unless you actively seek out trouble, it will leave you well alone.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #361 on: June 17, 2019, 06:19:11 AM »
Thanks for sharing

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #362 on: June 17, 2019, 07:24:52 AM »
I assume that's where we said farewell, then, Ian.

He said, pre-empting a future episode  ;D
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #363 on: June 17, 2019, 09:26:13 AM »
Coincidentally, three weeks ago we stayed in the same Shinjuku hotel! Chosen by price too without researching what the area was famous for...! booking.com didn't mention the red light district!

Our room was compact too with a view of various railway lines :-)


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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #364 on: June 17, 2019, 10:11:52 AM »
Strewth, George!
In your 7th photo there's a guy from the Coldstream Guards complete with bearskin at the right hand side :goggleeyes:

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #365 on: June 17, 2019, 10:36:32 AM »
Thanks, Michael! Our room looked out on the hospital side, unfortunately!

Could have been worse.... Godzilla on the other!  ;)
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #366 on: June 20, 2019, 01:00:55 AM »
Looking forward to hearing about your meeting with Railsquid...

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #367 on: June 20, 2019, 11:10:35 AM »
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but the bed is right up against the window - so the only way to get up is to climb over the person on the other side! Now this might be fine if you are into playing the Japanese version of Twister, but when you're desperate for a pee in the night
open the window,problem solved

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #368 on: June 20, 2019, 11:16:15 AM »
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but the bed is right up against the window - so the only way to get up is to climb over the person on the other side! Now this might be fine if you are into playing the Japanese version of Twister, but when you're desperate for a pee in the night
open the window,problem solved

The windows in those kinds of hotels tend not to open more than a fraction, probably to prevent accidental defenstration events.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #369 on: June 22, 2019, 08:00:16 AM »
....our penultimate day in Japan turned out wet. We stopped by at the bar around the corner and watched rather bemusedly while a bunch of blokes removed stuff from a container.



The little guy in the mac did a lot of shouting and pointing, but no lifting, so Bealman assumed he was the supervisor:



We found something called "Robot Restaurant" on a map, and thought that would be worth a look. However, on arrival it would seem that the Robot Restaurant is some sort of sex show, so we never went in....







Mrs B spotted a handbag shop, so buying her a souvenir of Tokyo was an easy if rather expensive exercise:



We had arranged to meet railsquid at the HUB British pub, which earlier in the day was pretty much empty. Of course, the Japan vs Ghana soccer match I had seen advertised in Kyoto was on that night, so the place was packed! However, Ian showed up on time, and a great night was had, and much beer consumed.





It's always great meeting up with other forum members, especially living in a relatively remote place such as Australia. It is always a highlight of my overseas trips. Don't ask me what we discussed that night, though - it's a wee bit hazy  :beers:

We walked to the railway station and said our goodbyes, but not before Ian had given me instructions on where to find model railway stuff nearby!



On the way back to the hotel we decided to stop by at the Torikizoku place, the signage of which I seen earlier. However finding it was difficult! Not an inch of space is wasted in Tokyo, and the multiple floors above the shop fronts at street level are jam-packed with multiple businesses! Torikizoku was on the third floor, accessed by a tiny little lift.

From there, we headed back to the hotel in the rain, after a great night. Fantastic meeting you, Squiddy! :thumbsup:



...to be concluded.....
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #370 on: June 22, 2019, 08:08:43 AM »
We found something called "Robot Restaurant" on a map, and thought that would be worth a look. However, on arrival it would seem that the Robot Restaurant is some sort of sex show, so we never went in....









It would seem not:

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/restaurants/robot-restaurant-1

http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/gallery.php?lng=en

though personally I'd rather spend the cost of the show on trains.

Anyway 'twas nice meeting and putting a name to a face  :thumbsup:
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #371 on: June 22, 2019, 08:15:49 AM »
I thought hed have more arms to hold :beers:

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #372 on: June 22, 2019, 08:29:15 AM »
Glad you met up. Thanks for the photos and adventure story

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #373 on: June 22, 2019, 08:40:06 AM »
@Bealman, have thoroughly enjoyed your sojourn through Japan, where next ?

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #374 on: June 22, 2019, 08:58:05 AM »
Thanks, Graham. Where next? All depends on my ankle recovering, unfortunately.

There are few previous Bealman adventures scattered around the forum and in this section if you're interested.  :beers:
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