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... than the one at Railway Village yesterday. It was certainly very impressive. I guess every train enthusiast would like to have one in his/her backyard. It's a pity again that it was all in Japanese and we couldn't understand a word of it.
The official unveiling of the first shinkansen service was on the 1st of October, 1964, in time for the Tokyo Olympics. The trial runs had been ongoing for at least a year prior to that. ...
... Statue of a Man Playing a Grand Piano on a Roof: That is all.
Outdoor Stairwells: This was also something I just noticed about Japans apartment buildings. All the stairwells are exposed to the elements. I am sure there is good reason for this but its very odd to see.
Stop Chimes on the Shinkansen: At every stop we were greeted by a really elaborate chime system that sounded like ...
... with sacks of potatoes. We laid them on the ground in a single layer to dry. The bags got flipped over after 5 days or so. After the potatoes began sprouting eyes we dumped the bags into more mini bulk bags so they could be taken to the fields and planted (yes, they plant potatoes in February!). It was a lot of labour and long days.
We spent a couple of fun days planting mushrooms as well which was a neat experience. We drilled holes into huge ...
Ok it's so, so late but I am going to try and write down what has happened so far... no doubt I'll miss heaps out and it may be months before I get to the actual living in Sapporo part of my story but hey, this is something!!
So Monday the 10th of January I left Perth and flew to Narita airport, Tokyo. I had an uneventful 4 hour stopover in Denpasar, Indonesia of which the most interesting thing that happened was I called Dad for about 5 minutes from an airport ...
... was this speed/reaction based card game which was quite fun (also the reason the blog is going up a bit late - expect it to happen again :p)
Apparently the prefecture north of us had a metre of snow today and lots of cars got trapped, but it was actually quite warm here/Mito. I STILL LIVE IN HOPE!
Meeting the mayor tomorrow and doing a tea ceremony as well. Will report back tomorrow. :)