ObeyTheShihTzu! wrote:Bert! Bert! Bert! Your smiles in each & every one of your photos, are a magical elixir to the souls of Japan0philes and to those of us who hope to be ones soon! I think I smiled my way thru your entire report! You're exactly the sort of traveler that I would be...soaking in EVERYTHING...learning and having the time of your life doing so!
oh my! that's quite a compliment, Alice. Thanks so much
* My fave photo of you is the close-up of your "Happy Face" on the carousel FROG. It's a keeper! (Yup, I love frogs!)
* While I know better than to compare NYC's subway system to Japan's (architecture; spotlessness, etc.), am just curious if the connections and signage set-up is at ALL similar to the MTA? (There are LOTS of improvements in the works for NYC, but doubt it will be soon in the running for "Most Stunning Subway."
Still....it gets me around fast!
thanks. . tho I tend to pretty much always have a huge grin on a Carousel - even while on Genie at TDS (and that wasn't a "comfy" ride, since the design of the seat makes one's crotch slide forward into Genie's neck). . LOL
as to the Japanese train station signage . . . it's been a ling time since I've been on the Manhattan Subway, but I do think that Japan stations have *way* more signs, but they are posted EVERYWHERE. pretty much any intersection within the station has signs, as do many walls, and along the platforms over each station stop. So it's a lot of signage to follow, but if you know what to keep an eye out for? it seemed to work really well, even when following a sign took one down a long underground hallway, or low-roofed corridor.
There is a lot of color-coordinating, which is really good - with the most important color being "yellow", as those signs direct you to exits (and underneath list what exit/lines following that sign will take you to).
not sure if that answers your question, but hopefully?
* A special shout-out to the sculpture designed to look like a Roller Coaster. A thing of beauty! (Love the touch of Steam punk.)
* FINALLY, as for Warabimochi which was not your favorite taste sensation, couldn't resist checking out the recipe:
"Thanks so much, Bert, for letting me share in your Excellent Experience in Japan! The joy in your report is truly contagious!
I loved the Coaster sculpture too, and had actually thought it was a ride from the promenade - Robb is who corrected me by noting it's a sculpture. So when I saw later that we were sorta/kinda near it, I made a point to go get a better look and a picture.
Very happy you're enjoying the report thus far (this is really only still day 2 of 16!! so lots more to come). . but FEH for making me imagine that taste again. LOL. . . if you try Warabimochi? let us know what you think. .as I still go back to "dirt, with worms in it" as the best description.
Playoff Japanese baseball > Fuji Q
I can't disagree with you, although I have to be happy with my choice since it was my 1st time in Japan, so I just *had* to check out Fuji-Q.
I will note that those of us that ended up going to Fuji-Q that free day, really did have a *perfect* day.
So good, that I never want to go back, as any return visit will NEVER live up to our day there.
so if I make it back to Japan? will totally do Japanese Baseball instead
Cosmoworld is a really awesome park. On all "levels," lol. And you got to really
see it at night, Bert! Last times I remember being there with TPR, we had to <sadly> leave just as the lights were coming on. Great photos of everything! I especially loved that Coaster Sculpture. Looking forward to more, Bert.
Thanks Bill. I was really impressed how lovely CosmoWorld looked at night.
and to be fair, most of the parks that we were at after dark, really looked stunning.
Japan knows how to highlight attractions at night.