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Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 8:40 am
by Canobie Coaster
Nice report! Did you get a chance to see Shibuya from above? I remember seeing it from a 2nd or 3rd story window and it was the most organized mob of people I had ever seen.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 2:48 pm
by jedimaster1227
I definitely need to spend more time in Shibuya the next time I'm in Japan! Thanks for another great report Bert!

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:47 pm
by MayTheGForceBeWithYou
Always loved walking around Shibuya when I was out there. Lot of fun to walk around earlier in the evening right as the nightlife gets started but before all the shops start closing up.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:51 pm
by bert425
PKI Jizzman wrote:Vending machine ice cream sandwiches, delicious drinks and food with friends, Tokyo on a warm night in the rain... all makes for a memorable night. So fun to see this side of your trip!


thanks! it really was a great night, and it's surprising for ME to realize that this is still two days before the trip "officially" started!

I've been really enjoying the pics of what you did on your days in Japan before meeting up with the rest of us!
Hopefully you'll post some of those here too on TPR (particularly loved the pics you took of Harakuju when you hung out with Alex).


Mrlittle wrote:That's awesome that you got a picture with the two customers who helped at the restaurant. I remember my first day in Japan, how nice and helpful people were especially after seeing a confused look on my face. Another fun update to read.


yeah, I'm rally happy that we got that pic of everyone. Look how happy we all are! it brings back those exact feelings every time I look at it.

this was overall SUCH a fantastic trip that it's hard to pick a "best" moment, as every moment was so phenominal (despite the Tsunami, and a minor Earthquake in Tokyo too)

I know the Spouse wouldn't like me saying it, but I really hope I get to go back at some point in the future!


Nrthwnd wrote::shockr: I want one of those giant light up gyozas~on~a~plate sign/things!
Crowds and rain and buildings and massive signs all lit up, in downtown Tokyo.

And food. :smile: Perfect. Thanks bert!


I would totally hang up one of the giant light up gyoza too in the living room.

and of course! really glad you're enjoying.

*lots* more coming. .I'm hoping to have at least part of Yomiuriland up by end of weekend.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:58 pm
by bert425
Canobie Coaster wrote:Nice report! Did you get a chance to see Shibuya from above? I remember seeing it from a 2nd or 3rd story window and it was the most organized mob of people I had ever seen.


Thanks :)

did not get to view the crossing from above - tho there were *tons* of folks in that Starbucks by the windows overlooking, it was so crowded in there. . no way was I gonna even attempt to get in (remember, it was drizzling too, so that also added to the crowd).

When we went back during day, Jon and I did go up several levels inside a shopping area, browsing the shops, but none of them had windows facing out that we could look down onto Shibuya.

but it was amazing being in the middle of it. . as you note, an organized mob.


jedimaster1227 wrote:I definitely need to spend more time in Shibuya the next time I'm in Japan! Thanks for another great report Bert!


for sure!

the "Shopping Building" across from the Starbucks would be worth a trip to, I'd say regardless. We went up to all 7 or 8 floors - smallish building with "stalls/stores" on each small level. That's where I discovered the DC Comics Pop Up store celebrating Batman's anniversary (as well as a full on "Hello Kitty" store) -- tho we had gone in mainly for the Shibuya souvenir store on the 1st floor that has it's windows facing out onto the crossing.

but we also did some street wandering and store browsing during this stop too. It was a great, touristy, area.

MayTheGForceBeWithYou wrote:Always loved walking around Shibuya when I was out there. Lot of fun to walk around earlier in the evening right as the nightlife gets started but before all the shops start closing up.


I really enjoyed it during the day, but even with most stores closed/closing, was so glad I got to see the area at night on this stop.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:20 pm
by bert425
We got to sleep in a little this morning, as the meetup in the lobby was not until 8am.

so a bunch of us in the group headed downstairs for breakfast (same restaurant buffet we'd been enjoying every morning thus far - tho I knew to stay far away from Warabimochi by this 3rd breakfast. . so everything was delicious)

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:18 pm
by ytterbiumanalyst
Looks like a fun place! That UFO noodle place sounds so great. Springfield finally got a ramen & yakisoba restaurant a couple of years ago, and man, the fresh stuff is so good.

The Yomiuri Giants play in the Tokyo Dome, though.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:45 am
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! Maybe I should've given Spin Runway a second chance when I was there since I got a ride with hardly any spinning even in a super unbalanced car.

But then again I was too busy riding Bandit and Splash UFO.

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:26 pm
by bert425
ytterbiumanalyst wrote:Looks like a fun place! That UFO noodle place sounds so great. Springfield finally got a ramen & yakisoba restaurant a couple of years ago, and man, the fresh stuff is so good.

The Yomiuri Giants play in the Tokyo Dome, though.


oddly, they don't have a UFO restaurant there, where they serve fresh noodles... I would have thought for sure there would be one (but as you'll see in part II, we did have some wonderful food at Yomiuriland regardless).

as to the Yomiuri Giants? yep, they play in the Tokyo Dome (think that's where Joey went for a game during the trip), but they still use the stadium here for practice/training. at lest that's what it said online when I looked the stadium up.


Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! Maybe I should've given Spin Runway a second chance when I was there since I got a ride with hardly any spinning even in a super unbalanced car.

But then again I was too busy riding Bandit and Splash UFO.



heh. . yeah, Spin Runway really did spin, a LOT. but totally get the focus on Splash U.F.O. since, as noted, it's what I rode the most at the park.

it's so much fun!

Re: TR- bert has a Spooktacular time with TPR in Japan!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:12 pm
by bert425
Yomiuriland continued. . .