It was raining when we arrived. We spent most of the afternoon exploring the shops, underground walkways, and getting lost. Thankfully the weather the next day was a lot clearer (sky tends to clear up around 9:30ish), and we hired the free bikes from the hotel. Yeah free bikes are great.
Himeji is a grid city like Adelaide and dead easy to get around. We cycled up to the castle, and around the town before catching the afternoon train to Hiroshima.
Waiting for train at wet Shin-Osaka. Boy that mobile phone shutter is slow. When I pressed “take” the nose of the Nozomi could not be seen at all. By the time it took it, the nose had almost dissappeard. So this shot is lucky. Nevertheless the phone is fun for taking shots on the run.
Yes when in Osaka do as the Osakans do. Have a picnic lunch in Expo Park 70 (yes still lots of cherry blossoms) and then go to a game of football at Expo 70 Commemorative Stadium.
For the record lunch was a bento box from Hankyu Department Store (after we couldn’t find the San Diego Curry Bar - yes B and T we need better directions and we didn’t have your number to call).
Also for the record our adopted team won 2-0 against Chizu (I think that is who they were playing.) The supporters were loud and coordinated and no doubt practice their team songs in karaoke bars!
Yes proof that I am willing to be lead astray by my colleagues at work., I got say working those machines in Japanese can be pretty hard。Although I am getting better at the ticket vending machines.
We are currently in the Popeye Media Cafe! I have just ripped my new Gnarls Barkley CD so I can hear it using my Dell PDA on the Shinkasen (the trip from Kyoto to Osaka only took 14 minutes barely enough to time to have a drink and eat a pastry panda),
But these damn Japanese PC:s have all there menus in Japanese and a very tiny spacebar. If I hit the key next to the spacebar all the text I type turns Japanese ぃけティs！You know I have know idea what I just typed, so if it is rude please forgive me.