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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #240 on: May 17, 2019, 05:09:07 AM »
Mochi, eh? I like the way the link says foreigners can't get enough of it.... not these two foreigners mate  :sick2:

But that's certainly the shop! Good link, Ian.  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: May 17, 2019, 05:11:37 AM by Bealman »
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« Reply #241 on: May 17, 2019, 06:06:49 AM »
The temple visits looked interesting. . . The fixation with toilets makes me laugh. . . Too da loo

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #242 on: May 17, 2019, 02:35:45 PM »
At a guess, I would think those boxy things on pillars that you saw were prayer boxes. You write your prayer on a piece of paper and post it in the box. I dare say money comes into it somewhere.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #243 on: May 17, 2019, 02:45:48 PM »
At a guess, I would think those boxy things on pillars that you saw were prayer boxes. You write your prayer on a piece of paper and post it in the box. I dare say money comes into it somewhere.

They are spirit houses where the spirits of their ancestors live............   Bit of a come down from a centrally heated house  :D

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #244 on: May 17, 2019, 03:17:58 PM »


There were literally hundreds of these stone pillars with stone boxes with paper windows on top. Railsquid to the rescue again, I hope, as I couldn't work out what they were.

These are an early form of beverage vending machine, in use from the middle Heian period until the late 19th century, when the first mechanical devices were imported from the Coca Cola Corporation of America.

















I jest, I jest.

Err, mind classifies these as "picturesque decorative temple-y thingies", the space available for storing Japan-related information is dominated by knowledge about early DC electric locomotives and stuff like that so you'll have to excuse my ignorance. Though I wouldn't put any money in these (any self-respecting temple or shrine will have plenty of more obvious ways of receiving "donations").
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« Reply #245 on: May 17, 2019, 03:24:33 PM »
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the dreaded open, hang your butt over the hole, squatter loo!!!
supposedly a more natural/healthier way to  park the breakfast than the western sitting method.For the ultimate squat bog challenge,try using one on a moving train.

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« Reply #246 on: May 17, 2019, 04:22:21 PM »
I came across one in France where the straining handle on the back of the door had broken off. All sorts of images flashed through my mind.
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« Reply #247 on: May 17, 2019, 09:41:40 PM »
I confess when I first saw that sort of toilet in a railway station in France I said to me mate "Why would they have showers in a station?" :dunce: :-[

Presumably if you don't hear anything you have to surmise you've just filled your trousers :worried:

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« Reply #248 on: May 17, 2019, 11:02:30 PM »
Bringing the subject back round to Japanese trains, if you'd come here a decade or so ago, you might well have encountered the separate Gentlemen's Stand Up Toilet on JNR-era express trains, which in itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but was located in a little cubicle with a door with a large glass window.
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #249 on: May 17, 2019, 11:08:35 PM »
Well at least the process was relatively transparent
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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #250 on: May 17, 2019, 11:10:51 PM »
That's one way to spot fare dodgers.

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Re: Bealman's Excellent Japanese Adventure!
« Reply #251 on: May 18, 2019, 03:51:10 AM »
.....even though it was wet and my ankle was playing up, we wandered past a couple of Japanese gardens which were too hard to resist:















A local restaurant were short of staff. Me, I wondered if the name had anything to do with it. The old Donovan song came to mind: "I'm just wild about acne, acne grows wild on me..... they call me mellow yellow...."



Anyway, that night we dined at the local Torikizoku chain that Bealette had introduced us to back in Osaka. Everything a standard price, ordered via tablet computer:



.....and yes, that is an ashtray on the table. Japan seems to have a lot of smokers, and often they're not segregated. We used it to put the peapods in.



Yummy tucker, and least you knew what it was. I had become quite comfortable with chopsticks by now, and could even pick up the tomatoes with them!



Next morning, goodbye to the ryokan, (but we had another one booked).....



....and back on the little branch train to the Shinkansen line. Having said previously that it's hard to find a litter bin in Japan, not so at JR stations (the teenagers in the background were obviously students of the Sailor Moon Academy):



Then on to a Shinkansen....



....next stop, Nagoya!
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« Reply #252 on: May 18, 2019, 08:48:00 AM »
I've always loved Japanese gardens. :heart2:
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« Reply #253 on: May 18, 2019, 09:00:28 AM »
More to come, Mick  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #254 on: May 18, 2019, 09:42:02 AM »
Likewise. Thank you for lovely shots

 

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