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Author Topic: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!  (Read 10264 times)

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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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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« 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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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« 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, 03:11:41 AM »
thanks interesting trip so far george !!!

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #65 on: April 16, 2019, 04:15:07 AM »
great to see normality rather than all the tourist bits.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #66 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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« Reply #67 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 #68 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 #69 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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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #70 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!!!



A popular Osaka bar.... closed, unfortunately.



.... and then down a seedy little alley, which contained BAR MOMO





It too, turned out to be closed, 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.



« Last Edit: May 18, 2019, 07:16:58 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #71 on: April 24, 2019, 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 Hello 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.....



« Last Edit: April 25, 2019, 01:35:51 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #72 on: April 24, 2019, 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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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #73 on: April 24, 2019, 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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« Reply #74 on: April 24, 2019, 08:08:58 AM »
Didn't see onboard catering... dunno if there is any. Maybe Railsquid can answer that? We just took sandwiches and beer on board, they didn't seem to have a problem with that. No bins though.... we took our rubbish off with us.

Regarding curved platforms, the speed that the one's that don't stop come through negates that concept completely!
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