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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:23 pm
by Dan
cfc wrote:“Ooo, you work for Ralphs? Come here, you sexy thang!”

I'm pretty sure I heard these words once in a dream like 20 years ago... and never ever again since :(

Always love your TRs, Chuck! I miss Japan. Such a great trip R&E managed! Despite the fact that Japan keeps trying to kill us with typhoons and earthquakes and volcanoes and yakitori and awesome trains and Braddock and the Compass to my Heart and ARGH I love it so much... ... ...

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:01 am
by cfc
^I know both feelings.

"You work for the National Center for State Courts? Ooo, take me now," said no one ever. :lol:

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:33 am
by Garet
I don't think I'd have handled being sent to the back of a line that many times, I think finally getting the stuff to find the wrong passes would have broken me.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:17 pm
by cfc
A Wet Day at Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland and New Reoma World

People like to experience different cultures, but often lack the opportunity to do so. This is as true for the Japanese as it is for anyone else.

Some theme parks, such as Epcot, successfully fill that void. For its part, Japan has Parque Espana (more on this later), which celebrates Spanish culture and history. It also has Brazilian Park Washuzan Highland. I was unaware that the Japanese had a burning desire to embrace Brazilian Portuguese culture. Maybe they really like chimichurri sauce and salsa music.

It was a gray, rainy day, and I swear we were the only ones at the park, except for the staff, who smiled and doled out complimentary green ponchos as we passed through the turnstile (it was raining fairly hard at that point). Then we learned why “Highland” was such an important part of the park’s name.

Stairs. Lots of colorfully painted, Brazilian-looking stairs.

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We looked like we were on our way to a meeting of the Irish Klu Klux Klan.

Breathtaking views of the mountains, ocean, and islands awaited us at the top. There was also a pedal-cycle ride on the edge of a cliff, which was also a bit breathtaking.

The park has three coasters, two of which were closed for maintenance: Ultra Twister (which has been SBNO for some time) and Chupy Coaster (a family “Jet Coaster”). However, the big, rusty old Togo looper, Star Jet, was open. This ride has both a standing train (not running) and a sitting train that goes backwards through the course and (it seems) requires only one ride op. (Yep--one guy checked the restraints, walked upstairs to the control room, gave the safety spiel, and dispatched the train.) The ride is surprisingly fun, but made me feel a bit queasy. Once was enough.

All in all, I enjoyed Washuzan Highland, and the park seemed like it was a really nice place--once. Now it needs a lot of TLC, but it does have a good location and those beautiful views going for it. Big thumbs up to the staff and the performers at the Brazilian samba show, who really believe “the show must go on,” no matter how small the audience. I hope they can keep going.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:48 pm
by cfc
New Reoma World was a nicer park than Washuzan Highland. It had its own hotel and was more of a “resort.” Plus, it didn’t have nearly as many stairs.

That being said, I’m not sure what to make of the place. I liked the park, and it looked nice, but I was perplexed about what the place was about.

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But this is Japan, and I’m used to those feelings when it comes to Japanese parks. ;) I like how the colorful New Reoma mascots stand out against gray sky in this shot.

New Reoma had four coasters:

Vivace--I don’t know who built this ride, but it looked and rode a lot like a Schwarzkopf mine train. A very good family coaster.

Ladybird--This was a better-than-average “wild mouse” in a rather nice setting.

Spaceship 2056--This was New Reoma’s version of Space Mountain, and it had a very spaced-out, Star Trekish queue. The ride itself rumbles around in the dark and is OK. The coaster also offered VR (no, thank you).

A kiddie coaster--I didn’t bother with in the rain.

There was also this bizarre dark ride, Rainbow Bandits, which was sort of Wizard of Oz mixed with It’s a Small World augmented with a touch of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Fun, but . . . what was it?

Like I said--it’s Japan. Sometimes, you just have to go with the flow.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:30 pm
by cfc
Now it gets really weird. You have been warned.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:58 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great updates! Thank you for not including the Samba photos with me. :lol:

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:51 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ You've just jinxed yourself, I bet. =)

2 interesting parks, Chuck, I must say.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:16 pm
by Guy T. Koepp
I love Japan! It is so F'ed up in the best ways possible.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 1:49 pm
by ObeyTheShihTzu!
There is something so EERIE about these parks (made even more bizarro by the "Green KKK" conventioneers taking over the place).  The murky weather heightens the mood - as does the Storyteller's pitch-perfect delivery (dare I say 'a bit like Dateline's Keith Morrison!').  :lol:  Anyway!  A fiendishly fun commentary, Chuck.  I really enjoyed this opportunity to see Japan's two eccentric (in the best possible way!) parks!

Alice