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... any post office on departure.
Last but by no means least the people. Japanese are the most polite, courteous, helpful and generous people. Bowing - again we could write a book on it, but it is a sign of appreciation and respect. Bowing as you leave the hotel, enter the hotel, as the train conductor leaves the carriage, as the taxi ...
... about the order in which to eat the dishes but got by okay. It was an impressive array including hot pot and noodle dishes, lots of little bite size morsels whose origins we were unsure of, tofu skin (yuk) and lots of O-Cha (green tea).
Then onto the old Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa. Traditional construction of wood and rice paper walls. The current emperor lived there as a child when he was evacuated from Tokyo ...
... decrepit playground with 30 minutes left of the tour. Neither Will or his new friends cared about its poor conditions as they happily played. I ate my late lunch and got to know Erica. We giggled as we tackily sipped wine directly from the bottle. Luckily Erica's oldest reminded us we needed to meet the bus. We rushed back arriving with a few minutes to spare. While waiting for a few stragglers, Dai invited Will to sit on his lap and pretend to drive the bus. When we returned ...
... there is insufficient interest and the numbers don't make sense, then there will be no tour. I should add that this first tour will be directed primarily at strong riders who are capable of climbing 1,000 metres plus per day on consecutive days. If this first tour is successful, I can offer a future tour that will feature routes more suitable for non-climbers. Also, you would need to bring your own bike and I would need to find storage for the bike boxes. Some of you may have ...
... Japanese tradition of presentable packaging/wrapping.
I've contacted Rob again, the Canadian in Tochigi (about 20 km away) who moved here from Toronto with his Japanese wife and kids to hook up for a ride tomorrow. We've got our fingers crossed that the weather will be dry.
Already, I'm missing the riding in Iiyama when you start in the countryside right outside the door of the inn. Here in Ashikaga, on ...
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