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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2019, 12:53:26 PM »
Just as a matter of interest re the people wearing masks. I often encountered then when flying via Schipol airport. It turns out that the Japanese tourists are not wearing the masks for their benefit, but for other people’s. Generally they are suffering from colds and coughs and are wearing masks to prevent the spread of infection.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2019, 01:00:03 PM »
this is common throughout asia, something other countries could do well to follow.

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« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2019, 05:16:45 PM »
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Generally they are suffering from colds and coughs and are wearing masks to prevent the spread of infection.
Must of been a cold epidemic in  Thailand at the beginning of the year as there was a fair few wearing them.

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« Reply #63 on: April 15, 2019, 10:58:30 PM »
Well that's something I didn't think of, and Bealette didn't tell me either. Explains why I'd see them walking around with them on a clear hazeless sunny day!

Thanks, Malc!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #64 on: April 16, 2019, 02:18:26 AM »
.....continued..... if you're waiting for trains bear with me, as I like to show sides of places I go to that are off the tourist track a bit.

The primary reason for the trip was to visit Bealette, who was teaching English at a school in a town called Nishinomiya. Turns out that this was quite a pleasant little place, but the provided apartment was... well, REALLY smaller than Phoenix's layout.

We took pictures inside, but at Bealette's request, I won't post them here. I have my utmost admiration for the girl, she not only lived there, but adapted, fit right in, and enjoyed the experience.

Her place:



Her school!

I had these ideas in my head of a school like I've worked in all my life - you know, playgrounds, playing fields, labs, art rooms, etc. No way - this school is a bunch of classrooms and a staffroom above a KFC!

That's Mrs B persuading Bealette to take us uptairs to meet the other teachers, which she did, and very nice they were, too.



Bealette's students ranged from pre-schoolers to adults. One of her students was a lovely lady in her fifties, who she got on very well with. The student, Yukie, arranged for us to attend a tea ceremony. No cheap tourist ceremony this one, though - the real deal conducted by two close friends of hers.

We turned up at Yukie's home and Bealman waited patiently during the 45 minutes it took to get kitted up. No ordinary tourist hire kimonos these, though - real silk. In fact the one that Mrs Bealman is wearing was worn by Yukie herself on her 21st birthday!! Here's Bealette and her mum looking very Japanese:



Much to Bealette's amusement and her mother's horror, the ceremony was some distance away, which involved a walk through the streets, drawing looks and comments from the locals:



The third lady in the kimono is a close friend of Yukie, and is the genuine article - that's how she always dresses! Yukie is the lady in stripes leading.



Anyway, definitely an afternoon to remember - one which most tourists would not experience. I participated in the ceremony too, which was basically a complete mystery to all of us except Bealette who'd done it once before.

After the ceremony, it was off to a restaurant for a full Japanese banquet, which Yukie insisted on paying for - A$400! A lovely lady who hopefully will pay us a visit one day.

To his embarrassment, Bealman could only stomach about half of the food  :-[

Turns out that the elderly lady who conducted the tea ceremony loves her beer though, so she was ok as far as he was concerned  :beers:

« Last Edit: April 16, 2019, 02:24:48 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #65 on: April 16, 2019, 03:11:41 AM »
thanks interesting trip so far george !!!
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« Reply #66 on: April 16, 2019, 04:15:07 AM »
great to see normality rather than all the tourist bits.

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« Reply #67 on: April 16, 2019, 06:57:37 AM »
great to see normality rather than all the tourist bits.

I should point out that normally in Japan we don't go to quite those lengths to brew a cuppa ;)
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #68 on: April 16, 2019, 07:38:16 AM »
Just as well too. The green stuff that I was given resembled green powder paint I used to use put on my layout, and it tasted like I should imagine the powder paint would taste  :worried:
« Last Edit: April 16, 2019, 08:57:45 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #69 on: April 16, 2019, 10:11:28 AM »
As one with a minimal interest in JR I am really enjoying these pics of 'normal' life in your blog, George. I've always found 'The Way of Tea' fascinating but, like you, would probably not enjoy the finished product :no:

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #70 on: April 16, 2019, 10:18:48 AM »
As one with a minimal interest in JR

No worries, there are over 100 other railway companies in Japan to choose from  :angel:
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« Reply #71 on: April 18, 2019, 03:24:03 AM »
....Another warm sunny day, and a visit to central Osaka. Here's Bealman & Bealette at Osaka castle:



Don't let the tranquil setting fool you. Behind the camera, all sorts of street shows were going on, and the entire castle (with moat) is surrounded by the high rise hustle and bustle of Osaka!

The CBD is interesting, with a canal/river flowing through the middle:



There is much advertising, a la Piccadilly or Times Square (it would seem that running a relay in a business suit is a popular sport in these parts):



Anyway, feeling a bit peckish, we had a bite to eat here, but don't ask me what it was  :worried:



But whatever it was, it would have to be better than what was next door - a puffer fish restaurant! There was a reassuring notice in the window:



And there was the beast itself, swimming around blissfully unaware it was going to end up on someone's plate - definitely not mine!!!



Anyway, by now Bealman was getting thirsty, so Bealette showed us some of the places she hung out in (Osaka was the place to go on weekends, apparently). A rock bar (closed):



.... and then down a seedy little alley, which contained BAR MOMO, one of the best hang-out joints in Osaka, so Bealette would have us believe:





It too, turned out to be closed, although the owner emerged from the three foot high door, and recognised Bealette (her turn to be embarrassed), so we opted for a nearby pseudo-Irish bar and a mighty fine Guiness:



We eventually got a late train back to our hotel. The Japanese work incredibly long hours, and it's quite common to see kids in school uniform on the platforms late at night. We were a bit fazed by this, but Bealette just took it as normal.



Next stop, somewhere I was very much looking forward to - Hiroshima.



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« Reply #72 on: Today at 05:14:40 AM »
...Bye to Bealette - she had to go to work, but was getting a long weekend coming up, so we planned to return, and back onto a Shinkansen for the trip to Hiroshima. Notice the clear platform markings telling you where to stand for each carriage:



Notice also the almost non-existant gap between carriage and platform! Local trains on other lines:



Our train was getting cleaned, presumably by Here Kitty:



Anyway after a week in Japan and attending a tea ceremony, Bealman had become pretty fluent in Japanese and could see we had a while to wait as our train wasn't due to depart until 12.08:



Well, in reality I worked that out when the English version came up  :D



And sure enough, right on the second, we were accelerated towards Hiroshima. Brilliant trains, unreal.  :thumbsup:

And in a couple of hours, ground zero.......



Next, Bealman's Hiroshima adventure.....



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« Reply #73 on: Today at 07:37:58 AM »
thanks for this george,guess the trains were on time departing and arriving unlike in the uk. and clean. was there a good standard of catering ?
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« Reply #74 on: Today at 07:48:14 AM »
 :greatpicturessign:

No gap between the train and the platform - so none of this curving platform nonsense?  :no:

Looking at the platforms for the local trains, I wonder were the canopies donated by Kato?

 

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