Well it’s been 30 days.
So. The robot restaurant. We did it. And it was hilarious.
After the pre show set we went down for the main event.
Eventually, after the small dinosaur, spiders and a whale, T-Rex showed up to finish off the evil robot queen.
You know that cat? The one that’s everywhere? No, not Hello Kitty. Though heaven knows she surely is everywhere.
Wilf found a place for us to visit that would be a day trip out of Tokyo. It wasn’t in any guide books, but he found some descriptions online. So off we set.
Our original plan had been to take a path down the front of the mountain back to town. (Seemed like a good idea before we went up!)
90 minutes from Osaka, in a valley high in the mountains is a special place. We knew we were in for something interesting when we arrived at our train.
Japan is full of surprises. Too many to list. But we’ve really noticed one – how many people still smoke. Clearly there are attempts being made – no smoking on planes, trains, ferries, buses. But there are smoking compartments on trains. Designated smoking areas outside train/subway stops and office buildings. Given the Japanese attention to detail and preference for cleanliness those smoking spots are startling because there are actually cigarette butts on the ground!
When we were working on the planning of this trip Bob McLure, one of our fellow travelers, suggested that we have business cards made up – English on one side, Japanese on the other. He even facilitated the translation and production of the cards for the group. Bob was certainly correct about the usefulness of having the cards – we exchanged them with people while in Niimi, but have continued to give them to people as we travel about.
Uirifu on the left, Sharon on the right.