^That currywurst was amazing--best I've ever had! On to more amazing stuff in . . .
What? Japan, again?
Yes, indeed. We met in Tokyo, but took a train to Osaka the next morning.
Past TPR trips found us weathering typhoons and very hot, steamy weather in Japan. This time we had an earthquake, on the first "official" day of the trip, in Osaka. We were all waiting in the train station when it felt like Godzilla was kicking the platform in the side. For my part, I clung bravely, resolutely to a handy vending machine. (What else was I going to do? We weren't too far from the epicenter.)
The trains shut down, which was hardly a shock. Even so, we were able to carry on that day, only a bit later than we'd planned.
All in all, a memorable start.
Yes, not even an earthquake could deter us from riding the only Wild Mouse ever built by Hopkins at Misaki Park! It was . . . interesting.
This happened too. Perhaps the quake affected them more than I thought.
Some of us pushed on to Adventure Park, while Elissa took some of the group back to Osaka (train schedules were still a bit dicey).
But yay for coasters themed to pandas and bugs!
Universal's only remaining Jaws boat ride was closed for refurb, which made Bruce the Shark very angry!
Hogwarts looms ominously over Jaws.
Flying Dinosaurs was closed the day we were to visit, but we were able to ride it later. It was very good.
Sigh! Even the sign for Jaws makes me miss the one in Florida.
This was the best part of the park's parade. These raptors would "escape" their cage and run around the street.
Washuzan Highland was themed to Brazil--and stairs.
Remember that viral video a few years back of that scary cycle monorail? Here it is.
You can ride this crazy looping coaster backward part of the day. It's fun, but made me feel a bit queasy.
New Reoma World's Vivace was a pretty good mine train.
What's nice about the park's dark ride is that you can feel stoned without ingesting any illegal substances.
Bing Crosby Galdalf was only five miles from the quake's epicenter at Hirakata.
Have you ever wanted a walking tour of someone's fridge? Hirakata has you covered.
If you like SeaWorld Orlando's Manta, you'll like Spaland's Acrobat. After all, they are the same ride.
Arashi was fun, but still a "one and done" for me.
Hmm--I wonder whatever became of this project? ;)
This sums up the Arashi experience.
It was rainy at Parque Espana, but this guy was available to shoot the bull for a bit.
I'd forgotten about this shooting dark ride where you confront renegade water heaters.
The rain stopped, and the park was able to give us ERT on Pyrenees!
I took nearly the same photo back in 2007. The donkey was no more amused this time.
I had to break up a fight between Godzilla and King Kong at Legoland.
Chuck, thanks for reminiscing about that amazing trip! It was such an incredible first trip to Japan for me and I ache to get back. I get reminders of that trip all the time, and how much I miss being there: from the large number of souvenirs scattered around my apartment, when the TDR 35th anniversary theme come on when I'm listening to music, and cleaning out a drawer and finding KT's "warrant" to search my room in Osaka.
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