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... we boarded the Tokaido line train for Shimbashi, there was an announcement and most of the people got off the train. Owen had to find out from the driver what had happened. Apparently, some one was injured on the line down the track and the train was not going to Shimbashi. We had to change to the Yamanote line. If this were to happen on the Sydney trains, it would stop all the trains. There was no other alternative to change ...
... 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 ...
... food goes around and around, and you just grab what you want. The sushi is usually served two pieces per plate, and the plates are colour coded to signify price. We later stopped at the local tea merchants house, and he attempted to get us all drunk on cherry whiskey made in the Fukushima region of Japan, and sake made by the local high school kids. It was a very fun night.
We have a couple days in Tokyo to recuperate, next stop, South Korea!
... with our lovely 1 hr time difference). I still can't believe how well we all get along. They feel like family now.
Training was intense/ boring/ interesting/ looooong but we got through it. The first weekend we had the sunday to explore so Steve, Geoff and I went to Shinjuku to look around. It's such a cool city, there was this bamboo filled alleyway with trees and greenery just a street away from the main street. The trees blocked out the city noise so it ...
... 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. :)