A day of rain and train...

Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
Trip End Oct 05, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

we woke up at 5:45 am. today..no light outside but rain...we have 7 hours of train rides today and everything hase to be in perfect timing! we thought that takayama had hard rain falling but as we kept descending from the mountains the rain got worse...we had nothing to do than pray for good weather up in the north.

today we wanted to take a little tour of the small island of matsushima. this place is supposed to be one of the 3 points of beauty in whole of japan. the problem was that even though we took the first train from takayama it would be hard to get to matsushima on time (the last ferry goes on 15:30)...we had to take the slow train to nagoya, which had 20 minutes delay on departure to nagoya station so we ran like we havent done since 60 m run at highschool...we had luck cause we made reservations for the seats in advance...the next train from nagoya to tokyo made another delay so we had to run again...and again...it wasnt so bad at all i finished another book this ride and we saw together 2 episodes of the new season of weeds (you should see it too) and we bought two small boxes of the best sushi ever...(maybe we were just hungry?)

at 13:30 we finally reached sendaii and again got depressed cause the rain just wouldnt stop...and the view was bad so there was no point of going to matsushima...we will go there tomorrow.
we hoped to pass a nice quite evening in some closed places without rain!!

we walked in the huge arcade streets that runs through the center of the city...a lot of eateries, game-halls and a lot of low market stores near top market stores...no middle class stores here....
sendaii is supposed to be the gate for the north island of hokkaido and its a place of internal tourism so there are stores like disney store and apple store...but nothing special!

today since we havnt done a lot and we celebrated one week in japan we had the time to ponder about all the things we liked or had doubts about in japan...

first, what is all this panic about going to the toilet? every where you look you have these super sophisticated toilet seats with all the buttons...and there are also sometimes unexpected surprises - like when you get close to it and it starts making flushing noises to hide the sound of peeing, sometime the seats are warmed up...wow and of course you can enjoy several diferent ways of cleaning your bottom...flush, bide...and everything with graphic explanations. i have to admit that this is the first time out of my house and i dont need to worry about going to the public toilets...here its so clean!!!

speaking about cleaning, our second thought was about trash cans in the streets. do the japanese eat their coke cans? do they eat the paper that wraps therir sandwiches?, do they swollow the sticks that they eat sushi with? cause we couldnt understand how the streets are sooooo clean but there are no trash cans anywhere...maybe some of the japanese that reads this post will give us a good answer for this phenomonen.

the third point which became a problem for us...waiting at the lines in the train station waiting to show our tickets to the conductor so we could go through the gate but there are a few person ahead of us that wants to ask some questions...thats fine but how can it be that in the most modern country we have been in there is no way to pass our train ticket in the machine?? 

and then again - there are so many great and impressive things in japan that its difficult to know where to begin. the japanese are so organized, friendly, well mannered people, the food is always great, the views are amazing, the trains are impressive, and so on and so on...

before we go to sleep in this rainy cold evening we have to say that this last week in japan was a wonderful experience for us...we loved every second of it and we are glad we have 2 more weeks to enjoy the variety of places and cultures japan present us!! 
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k.t on

We Japanese take our trashes to where the places have trash cans:-)
I enjoy your journal everyday and I am glad to know you enjoy your tour.
Good luck on your trip!

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