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

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

Postby cfc » Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:55 am

SharkTums wrote:Parque Espana certainly is the best park in Japan other than Disney/Universal to visit in the rain as they have a decent amount to do. Plus they had an amazing fast food restaurant where I finally got my "yakiniku rice burger" that I had been trying to get the whole time in Japan but always missed out.


They've always had good food at that park--and lots of dry, air-conditioned space in which to eat it. ;)
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

Postby Garet » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:39 am

SharkTums wrote:Parque Espana certainly is the best park in Japan other than Disney/Universal to visit in the rain as they have a decent amount to do. Plus they had an amazing fast food restaurant where I finally got my "yakiniku rice burger" that I had been trying to get the whole time in Japan but always missed out.


Not quite the same but you reminded me that one of my favorite take away places when I need a quick lunch has become bonguesse rice burgers in korea. It took off a few years ago and there are stores everywhere now. I always grab a rice burger for lunch since it's only $2-4 dollars if i'm teaching somewhere. http://m.bongousse.net/Web/menu.aspx They've just introduced supersized versions for around $4.50

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

Postby SharkTums » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:02 am

^That's a little scary for me, the one at Parque Espana was similar to the Mos Burger version like this:

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

Postby Garet » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:08 am

There used to be a Mos Burger near me but that chain and a few other foreign companies completely vanished from Korea. Mos Burger still has a couple of places open but they're pretty spread out. The Panda Express I saw once came and went so fast, think they're down to 3 stores now. Shake Shack is the up and comer these days. Dairy Queen just started to show up.

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:11 am

SharkTums wrote:^That's a little scary for me, the one at Parque Espana was similar to the Mos Burger version like this:

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That looks delicious and genius!!!
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

Postby cfc » Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:12 am

^Agreed. I'd eat that burger.
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Postby Blue Turbo » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:45 pm

^^ I had one as well and it was delicious. Was a little tricky to eat since the rice "bun" was very hot (because Japan) but it was definitely worth it!
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

Postby cfc » Mon Aug 27, 2018 5:15 pm

Toys & Trains: Legoland and the JR Museum in Nagoya

A friend of mine, who is a wee bit cynical, posted on my Facebook page that if he ever visited Japan all the bright colors would drive him crazy. He would be desperate to see some earth tones after a few days. In response, I posted a photo of a bare train-station wall.

What does this have to do with this week’s update? Well, our next park would probably push him over the edge into a whirlpool of brightly colored, “Everything is Awesome” insanity. Yes, I’m talking about the park where earth tones go to die . . .

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As for the “bare train-station wall,” we’ll be ending up at the Japan Railways Museum to look at trains. (Yes, I know this is a weak segue, but it’s all I got now, folks.)

The Legoland chain’s newest park is every bit as wacky and colorful as its predecessors (not to mention shinier), and it’s very compact. The park also has many of the same attractions you’ll find elsewhere, such as the Dragon coaster, Lost King Adventure shooting dark ride, and one of those “jet-ski” water rides (called S.Q.U.I.D Surfer here). The park’s Miniland is devoted to Japan, of course, and is very well done--possibly the best of these I’ve seen anywhere (it helps that it’s nearly brand new).

There’s not much else to say, other than Legoland Japan is plenty of fun for kids and goofy adults--like this group. Let’s have a look around, then take a short walk to the JR Museum.
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Wait! That’s not Legoland! Then again, I could use a new bookcase. I wonder if they have instructions in English.
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Oh, I’m looking out of the wrong side. Never mind. (There’s a shopping center between the park and the train station.)
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Walk or slide? Up to you--unless you get stuck in the slide, then you’ll be pried out with a crow bar and subject to ridicule.
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So swanky, you need a password to shop there.
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Now that’s some swanky merchandise.
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Our quest is at an end. God be praised!
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“Welcome to the Legoland Hotel. May I help you?”
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“No reservation? I’m sorry, sir, but NOW YOU DIE!”
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Hmm--I feel a song coming on . . .
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OK, who did this? Mothra, I'm looking at you!
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“You cannot resist our cuteness. Join us, and we will rule this world, and all worlds to come!”
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Tonight on a very special episode of “Kaiju Kounselor”: “Kong! Godzilla! If Gamera can forgive Gaos, you can forgive each other!”
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Yep--looks like a Legoland park, alright.
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“Arr! I lost me booty when me skin rotted and slid off me bones.”
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“Ahoy! Get yer pirate eggs here! Guaranteed to have 10 percent fewer squid guts than yesterday's batch!”
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I love the theming on this ride--well done, Legoland.
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The only "dueling dragons" coaster left. (Credit for this joke must go to Robb Alvey, who originally created it in a slightly different form.)
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Every dragon needs . . .
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. . . an apprentice.
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Hey, here’s a Lego ride I’ve never experienced before.
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“No one’s watching me play with Legos, right? Good.”
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I wonder how long it took Lego Creative to come up with this acronym?
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Welcome aboard Legoland’s version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
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It’s very cozy . . .
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. . . and has real fish living in harmony with Lego fish.
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Judging by his expression, “everything is awesome” to this fish.
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I hope Awesome Happy Fish stayed clear of the sharks.
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“I tell you what, someone better fetch King Neptune some ale, . . .”
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“ . . . or I’m gonna start kraken open a can of whoop A$$ on somebody!”
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It wouldn’t be Legoland without one of these rides; plus, it's themed to S.Q.U.I.D.
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Er, you’re missing the cool thing behind you.
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“Indeed! I can see what you call the ‘cool thing’ from here.”
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“Yes, nothing is ‘cooler’ than a Legoland pizza-and-pasta buffet,’ my good man.”
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Hmm--I think I’ll pass on the tuna-and-corn pizza.
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“If tuna-and-corn pizza is good enough for me, King Neptune, it’s good enough for you! Eat it! I command you!” More to come.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Returns to Japan with TPR--Again

Postby cfc » Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:03 pm

Sheesh, I took a lot of photos that day. Brace yourselves for more Legoland Japan.
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“Remember, Watson--one most both see and observe on the Observation Tower.”
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Not even Watson could miss this warning sign.
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The park is hemmed in by highways.
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Miniland from the air looks even more, er, mini.
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They use their space really well.
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Let’s find out where Legos come from.
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Lego DNA.
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“How are new Legos made, you ask? Well, when a man and a woman Lego love each other very much . . .”
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OK, this in no way resembles the sick story of Lego procreation that the dude in the video told us.
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Raw, naked Lego sexuality . . . looks rather industrial.
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Oh no! That black jellyfish is eating that poor woman!
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Each Lego brick must be examined meticulously--only by this guy.
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You, of course, exit through the gift shop and get your very own Legoland Japan brick.
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"From now on, you shall address me as "Dr. Funkenstein.'"
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Legoland Japan’s Miniland is very impressive.
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They re-created Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Kyoto in Legos.
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Welcome to Nagoya--at least I think that's Nagoya behind the Ferris Wheel.
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I didn't know that Mr. Stay-Puft was Kaiju.
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Many of the exhibits are interactive.
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The Tokyo Train Station.
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Little Lego peeps doing their thing, minding their own business--in the shadow of giants.
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Hmm--I wonder if there’s a good yakatori bar around here somewhere--or was this in Shinjuku?
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I’m not sure where this is, but I’d like to visit there someday.
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Don’t disturb the artist.
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Gundam is standing guard in case Rodan comes along.
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Unfortunately, this wasn’t working at Legoland, either. ;)
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Looks like it’s time for the annual Parade of Evil somewhere. Maybe they're trying to appease that volcano.
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"OK, we're looking for virgins to toss into the volcano. We'll accept volunteers. Still waiting."
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Run, you fools! A giant devil truck is coming!
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“Evil, schmevil. We got kites to fly.”
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Thanks, Legoland. See you some other time. On to the JR Museum.
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