I had to struggle to get signal and then get a fix. I'm a bit disappointed with 252km/h, since I was expecting the 270km/h speed limit. BTW, here's the wireless networks available between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo.
There are some foods associated with Iron Chef: Fois gras; truffles; matsutake mushrooms; hamo (pike conger eel); consomme jelly and piiman (capsicum). Last night I had 3 in a single meal. First entrée was chestnuts, ham, cheese and matsutake mushroom croquette. Second was abalone, sanma and piiman. Hamo and snapper carpaccio seasoned with hamo bones was next. It's the one with … Continue reading The Iron Chef experiences are adding up! (Kyo no theme – KYOTO!)
Apart from the ubiquitous Pocari Sweat sports drink and Kirin Ichiban beer, here are some of the liquids I have consumed recently: Match, the "Let's Vitamin" sports drink. Too sweet. Mao shōchū. Rare and special with an aroma of apples. My brother-in-law brought the bottle from Kyushu because you can't get it easily anywhere else. Lots of … Continue reading Liquids I have consumed recently
Ok, first an apology if this is repeating a well-known truth about Japan. For everyone else, here is a primer on Japanese toilets. There is a missing link for Japanese toilets Strange as it may seem, in Japan you either find the traditional squat toilet or highly-technological, all-singing, all-dancing bidet/toilet. There are no plain toilets … Continue reading Missing links – Japanese Toilets
Since 70% if Japan is wooded, it makes sense that hiking, rambling and just walking are popular. There are often well-maintained facilities, maps and signs to help. I like to hike in the hills above Kobe. The hills are immediately to the North of the city. Within a fairly short period of walking, you can … Continue reading Hiking, but not as we know it
I've been amazed by Japanese technology since I saw my first internet & camera phone in 2000. When I got the Kindle for my birthday, Chikako was quite jealous. However, there were no Japanese books available because the otherwise popular Amazon.jp does not offer e-books. I tried. I shall savour this moment while I can.
Driving from Narita, saw what seemed to be a dog in the passenger seat. Was a girl with clip-on ears. Saw an old man on a road-registered quad bike in Tokyo, slowly weaving between traffic and parked cars. In Kobe I saw a 1st generation Mitsubishi Debonair in mint condition. Since this model was all … Continue reading Seen on the road
Little things to love about Japan: Plastic bags for umbrellas and racks outside to lock your dripping umbrella. When you sit at a table in a restaurant or café you are greeted with a moist towel (often heated) and a glass of water. Convenience stores sell good food and alcohol. School girls wearing --------------------- socks … Continue reading It’s the little things… Japan edition
Here's some of the features of the N700 Nozomi (super-express) I took from Tokyo station to Shin-Kobe: Train departed on time. Made me realise that my watch was wrong. Desperately had to charge iPhones. Had 3 power outlets nearby. One spare then. 50cm of leg room. Ate matsutake mushroom (like on Iron Chef) bento. Could have … Continue reading Should Australia invest in a fast train? Let me think…
Started with a strange zig-zag flight from Canberra to Sydney. With plenty of time to kill, the free WiFi at Sydney Airport (just answer three questions) helped me download the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun to my Kindle. Plenty to be concerned about when there are about 100 Japanese students are in the waiting area. Last … Continue reading Eventful Journey