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... car which had seats around a table. We were in the front carriage and could see the driver and straight out to the tracks through the large glass windows. If only we had trains like this in Australia!
Apparently Takako asked her friend to book the seats a month ago. The seats came on sale at 10am and were sold out by 10.02am. However, there were still quite a few empty seats where we were. They were similar to the seats at the Gran ...
birthday!) and it was time for us to head to Kyoto. Despite our experience of
Japan, we made a beginners’ error of not boarding the right train initially,
getting confused between all the different types of train services (rapid,
super-rapid, etc). At least we were going in the right direction and we met a
very nice Japanese man on the way who was even offering to pay the ticket price
difference for us, incredible!
... sample), and ate ice cream from a locally run convenience store. As we walked, it became blatantly obvious that this town does not get very many foreigners. Many people looked right at me and said, in Japanese of course, "What? She has blonde hair?!" and the kids just stared.
We hung out at Toshimi-san's until around 7pm, then we went out to see the festival parade. But, by the time we got there, it had not started yet, so we went to look at the festival food ...
... octopus. The towns were made up of typical Japanese prefab buildings with narrow walk ways. We hired bikes in Shinojima and circumnavigated the island, which involved some fun off-road time. We had lunch in a small Japanese pub with some locally caught ...
... due to my lack of chopsticks skills.
We did a little shopping. Karen proceeded to freak us out by eating a weird, fried gelatinous block of something that she said was "cuttlefish" flavored. You know the "you could deep fry a bowling ball, and I'd eat it" thing? - Shot to hell.
Long train ride back and Heidi and I booked it to the corner convenience store for dinner: ...