Chisun Hotel Shin-Osaka
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We woke up to a zero percent visibility through our 55th floor window. It was pouring rain.
We had a chilled breakfast and returned to the room to rest some more.
We then lounged a bit at the Club and went to visit a nearby park.
We then returned for a quick rest, dinner at the Club and off to the Panasonic center downtown.
We then went to ...
... of the 2011 Kansai Queer Film Festival website sums it up: "Rickety wooden chair also firmly now, but there is no air conditioning, there is freedom instead."
The "staff" of the festival (they are called staff but they are all actually volunteers) work very ********e woman told me she was responsible for adding Japanese subtitles to the Australian, British, and American ...
... is that the trees need another couple of weeks to come into bloom. Our guide said that it was snowing only last week.
After that we went to the Sumiyoshi shrine. This is a Shinto shrine and whilst interesting was in fact very bare ie not ornate at all. However it is certainly popular to the Japanese as the shrine is maintained by donations only and is well kept up.
Apparently most Japanese believe in Shintoism and Buddhism ...
... have found out before you need to apply to visit the palace. The palace park is just gardens and paddocks all around the palace walls. As with so many of these kinds of parks they are weedy and overgrown and not in the slightest impressive. Just not what I was expecting.
Of course, both melting, so back down onto the subway and to the hotel.
... returned to the platform and the train finally materialised at 2:30pm. As it slowly pulled up at the platform people were filming, taking photos and were visually excited, much more so than for other “normal” trains. The Twilight Express was a special journey, not simply a way to get from A to B.
Boarding for me was pretty straightforward so I was soon settling in to my cramped single cabin, searching for room to put my case. Once my ticket had been checked ...