Goi Grand Hotel
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... inside wasn't all that large, and there was a sumo ring right in the middle. After seeing a few sumo wrestlers during the trip I was very surprised to see how small the ring was as compared to what I had envisioned. They don't have to move all that much to be out of the ring, so they must be even stronger than I imagined!
The he dinner was multiple courses:
1-variety of bite-sized appetizers, ...
... creating chaos. Starbucks capitalized on the tourist attraction, setting up a large second floor cafe that doubles as an observation deck. Surprisingly, Christine had no objections to sitting in the Starbucks for a couple hours.
We spent the last day of our trip doing very touristy things with Hiro. First we went to a restaurant where the servers were dressed up as Japanese animation characters. It was a little creepy. We followed that up with a ...
... Happy Labs'. They were really cute - one even looked like Lady, but maybe a slightly smaller version.. Ben liked the small one, in fact Ben was the Master Of The Dogs because they all came up to him for pats...We had a look around, bought some apples and something we think was a chocolate chip scone (yummy!).
We then went into the fish building to go to a swimming pool! The place was called the Children's Castle, which was 6 ...
... to the owner, he mentioned the Highlander Inn (my local in Craigellachie, set up by the same people) so he wrote the directions in Japanese and we got a cab there. Unfortunately I missed Tatsuya, the old manager from there, by 15 mins, so a local guy phoned him and he came back to have a drink with us. Stayed for a few hours, drinking and chatting :) Scott had some japenese whisky along with his Old ...
... absolutely hated it, nowhere to sit at all so on my feet for the entire day - at one point i thought one of my toes had exploded based on the sudden onset of agonising pain!
So all in all it was good fun in places, long and dull in others, pretty much a videogame show in a nutshell. I haven;t decided if i'll go for a second day, i'd need to get there very early indeed to get in on the shorter queues and i dunno if i can get up earlier than the 7am i was up today!
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