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... of birds here as well. Finally i reached the Lookout, its a pity that it was cloudy, as it obscured the view of the magnificent alps.
Made it back to Toyama and headed to the train station to meet up with Shauna and John who have travelled from Tokyo.
Today we all head up the mountains to see the snow tunnel. I have already seen it by myself, and decide to see it again with Shauna and John. The weather is looking good. The travel time is a lot ...
Heavy dinner again with even more food than the previous night. Unbelievable food. The rice had been harvested only a few days ago. I have not tasted rice this good before. Needless to say, I couldn't eat the sashimi and couldn't offload it to anyone else. I did boil one piece of tuna in the soup and it tasted OK.
The big boss of the ryokan, usually a woman, came out to thank us for staying. I guess she ...
... we were early and the rooms weren't ready, we opted to take the small Kurobe Gorge Railway train up to the gorge. Five didn't go. We had left John and Joan back at the previous train stop as they are an older couple and did not want to stay in a ryokan. There were 16 of us going and Owen was going to stay behind. In order to return back to the hotel in time for dinner at 6.30pm, we could not go right to the end of the line. We had ...
... to everything on the road. But after reaching the first rest area, I had felt quite confident. Aqua, the small Prius hybrid car by Toyota is quite smooth, quiet, and oil-saving. The screen shows the oil consumption by km/liter, and the number usually fluctuated between 25-35. (On the last day when I filled the tank, we only consumed 21 liters for 600+ km! around 30 km/l, very impressive!)
The drive up the mountain ...
... results from living in small, close quarters. Everyone, it seems, has a stereo with good speakers and a music collection they are proud of. The scenario (regularly) goes like this: The neighbor I share a wall with is listening to pop music. I can barely hear it because two doors down Russian thrash is playing and it's turned up really loud so as to fully experience the effect of the 'devil' voice. Across the way it's Latin dance tunes (who can play those quietly?) and ...