The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
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Once work had ended and our weekend in Tokyo had to a close, Chris and I departed to head west and explore a few other cities outside of Toyko. We started with Osaka, which is still a pretty large city (third largest in Japan). To be honest, we arrived in Osaka just exhausted…mostly from two nights of drinking and karoaking (if that's a verb …
... will be easy to exchange. No can do. We have found out that you are able to exchange only 100Eur per person (Renek: with an accepting only 5,- / 10,- / 20,-€ notes, lucky me, I had only 50,-€ notes), only good thing that with fair exchange rate. One, but not only, thing you can say good about Japanese is that they are fair. To find your way always look for tourist information. It available each train station and airport. People there speaks good english. ...
... is not the only thing that I have got 'wrong'. One should never cross a street which has a red man showing opposite..... no matter how long you have been waiting whilst there is no traffic in sight, nor if the street is only three paces across again with no traffic capable of getting to you unless they broke the sound barrier. You should stand on your allocated spot at the station ... you have a ticket for coach 6 ... there is a place marked on the ground where coach 6 people ...
... sit in long rows in front of these machines that look like a cross between a pinball machine and a poker machine. They seem to purchase trays full of shiny ball bearing type balls and then feed them thru the machine.......and.......watch what happens. We haven't worked out the object of the exercise or the reward. But it is very popular. We shall investigate and report back with further information if we can find someone to tell us what the hell it is all about. ...
Living in Taiwan, and thus being so close to Japan, we always felt that we must visit. However, every time we started to consider ideas and plans, the bank manager had a cardiac arrest. Our conclusion was that two weeks in Japan would cost about the same as two months in Southeast Asia and could we really justify it. No was the answer and we agreed that it was somewhere that would have to wait a few years until we have a windfall. But ...
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