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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 7720 times)

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #45 on: April 14, 2019, 04:00:13 AM »
......On arrival at Osaka, things became decidedly pear-shaped. Bealette was working (yes, school is in on Saturdays in Japan - Bealette's weekend was Sunday and Monday), and not meeting us until that evening. Bealman's GPS was not working on the phone, and while the hotel looked to be near to the station (indeed, it was chosen for that particular attribute), a combination of heavy luggage and hot, humid conditions saw us walking in circles.

We went through this arcade three times! At least it was air-conditioned, but of course, being Japan, full of teeming humanity:



After close to two hours of this, I succumbed to stopping a taxi, driven by an old guy who put Bealman to shame by single-handedly throwing all our luggage into the boot, driving us around the corner to the hotel, and charging ziltch!

We'd actually walked past the bloody place four times  :worried:

Anyway, here's the view:



We settled in, knackered to wait for Bealette. I couldn't make any sense out of Japanese TV. Very strange shows.



Unable to watch TV, Bealman continued his study of Japanese toilet facilities:



I can assure everyone that you need to think twice before setting that pressure green light to the far right!  :o

Some of the more up-market public ones of course, have a privacy button (I think this was in a Kentucky Fried Chicken shop):



Anyway...... to be continued  :worried:
« Last Edit: April 14, 2019, 04:01:17 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #46 on: April 14, 2019, 05:39:26 AM »
looks like you did not fancy viewing the japanese version of  You've Been Framed! or countdown, a quiz show, sometimes every hotel block looks similar and every building - nightmare - must have had poor signage - so you did not fancy a degree in japanese plumbing either ?


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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #47 on: April 14, 2019, 06:06:26 AM »
The signage was there.... 10 stories up! The lobby had a coffee shop attached at street level, and hence was very inconspicuous. Viewed from across the street, the place looked just like it did on Booking.com, but easy to miss if you're on the same side.
« Last Edit: April 14, 2019, 06:07:33 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #48 on: April 14, 2019, 06:15:26 AM »
hope the shower, aircon worked, the food was pleasant and the bed comfortable

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2019, 07:48:34 AM »
We settled in, knackered to wait for Bealette. I couldn't make any sense out of Japanese TV. Very strange shows.



Don't worry, it is not actually possible to make sense of Japanese TV.

Unable to watch TV, Bealman continued his study of Japanese toilet facilities:



I can assure everyone that you need to think twice before setting that pressure green light to the far right!  :o


One imagines Bealman ascending slowly ceilingwards, perched upon a rising column of water.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2019, 08:08:21 AM »
Exactly why I'm suggesting to avoid the plus button at all costs!  ;D
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2019, 08:38:16 AM »
Hi George,

Couple of questions, which I didn't think I'd be asking on a Sunday morning, is there a water temperature control and what music does it play while you're on the job?

Enquiring minds need to know.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Was just thinking of any poor tourist out there who doesn't speak English. Maybe there should be an international symbol for STOP on that button  :D


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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #52 on: April 14, 2019, 10:43:00 AM »
A wonderful report, George. I've had a look at TOTO's website and it's quite mind boggling :goggleeyes:

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #53 on: April 14, 2019, 10:58:39 AM »
great report George, reminds me of my short time there.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #54 on: April 14, 2019, 11:05:46 AM »
Oooooh, I'm enjoying this!

A very long time ago I went from the UK for a working visit to Tokyo (International trade fair). Its fascinating and weird at the same time. At least they drive on the same side of the road as us!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #55 on: April 14, 2019, 02:33:59 PM »
Whilst this is all very entertaining George, where are the train pics?  C'mon now stop teasing us.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #56 on: April 14, 2019, 04:48:35 PM »
Well I was a bit disappointed with the latest report - I could not see any newspaper squares!  :)
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #57 on: April 14, 2019, 08:27:06 PM »
The most popular newspaper in Japan is Asahi Cleanbum.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #58 on: April 14, 2019, 11:11:51 PM »
Having obtained a PhD in Bography, I feel obligated to educate the world about Japanese ablutions  :D

This is in no way being derogatory - in fact I found the toilets refreshingly civilised and getting home to our boring old loos in Chez Bealman was a bit of a let down!

As NewportNobby has found out, there is a website, and you can order one for your own home!  :thumbsup:

Be aware that there is a backside to this aspect of Japan, though.... but that will have to wait for a future post....  :moony:
« Last Edit: April 14, 2019, 11:14:34 PM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #59 on: April 14, 2019, 11:17:11 PM »
Whilst this is all very entertaining George, where are the train pics?  C'mon now stop teasing us.

Don't worry Lawrence, they're coming!  :beers:

In the meantime, the first day in Osaka was rainy, so we went to the aquarium. That was also impressive, on multiple levels around a huge tank of sharks, stingrays and stuff, but I won't bore everyone with that. I thought these little jellyfish were interesting though, even though there seemed more than there actually was, thanks to mirrors:



.....to be continued..... trains coming (and cars)......
« Last Edit: April 15, 2019, 01:57:49 AM by Bealman »
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