Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

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Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:46 am

June 26 - 27 / Departing Vancouver / Arriving Tokyo

This sort of gets old, but there's nothing like returning to a country that you love and want to enjoy again and again. Such is the case with my 3rd TPR tour to the Land of the Rising Sun. But this time, I had the good fortune to bring my partner David along for the ride, as I always wanted him to see for himself, what I always loved about Japan, and the TPR tours here.

So, after a good breakfast at the Vancouver Airport, we took off for the Far East, jumped a day in time (woo hoo!), and found ourself at the wonderful Shinagawa Prince Hotel, one that is always a fave among both tourers and Robb and Elissa. We also had processed our JR Rail passes at the Narita Airport, as we would be using them the next day, to take a train to Yokohama to meet up with those who had started touring a few days before us.

And so - it begins...
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I always start with a trip envelope to gather all my info. about the upcoming tour. Not very high-tech, but it works for me.
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A good breakfast for us both, before boarding the plane and flying off to Tokyo.
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This is just to prove David WAS on the tour with me, heh heh.
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We've arrived - the next day - and have a meal up in the Prince Hotel's Food Court.
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I am so overjoyed to be here again, I will eat anything I have no idea about, LOL!
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A model display in the hotel's lobby. I think it was a (very) mini-view of Tokyo.
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A tree outside the always popular 7/11 - or as they call it, 7 & Holdings. Wierd.
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Soon enough, night arrived, so here's shot of the hotel's entrance.
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Same tree outside 7/11 - now with added blue lighting!
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And our view from our hotel room at night. Tomorrow, we take the train to Yokohoma!
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:42 pm

Am doing a Test Bump, to see if the time change has corrected itself.

I posted the start of the TR just after noon, but somehow got over 4 hours
deducted from my posting time. Hmmm...

EDIT: it has! I'm happy. :)
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby BigBomer » Fri Jul 12, 2013 4:59 pm

And the first Japan trip photo TR arrives. =) Looking forward to it, Bill.

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Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:23 am

^ Thanks! My posting plan is to do a day of the tour. each upcoming week.
I learned this little system from my recently posted TR of the TPR Mexico
Tour, back in late March. This TR should last most of the summer, into Sept.
I hope, lol.

Next week ~ Cosmoworld and Sea Paradise Park! :smile:
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Preview photo. Cosmoworld and other stuff. Taken Friday, June 28/13.
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Postby gisco » Sat Jul 13, 2013 3:57 pm

I kind of miss your old camera Bill!

Looking forward to the rest of the report.

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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:34 pm

^ You want it Bob? I sell you cheap! :lol:

I am actually enjoying this new freedom I have in being able
to now select and save what I shoot, rather than depending on that
one - and only - film shot to be a good one. But I find myself still
taking time some times, and making sure the composition of the shot is good.

That's from my old film days, heh heh. :wink:

And here's a shot from Sea Paradise Park, to hold everybody till next week!
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Guess why I'm excited here, at Blue Fall drop tower?
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:16 pm

June 28 / Train to Yokohama / Cosmoworld

The next day, with our new JR Rail Line passes in hand, and the luggage being sent ahead of us, we were soon on the Bullet Train (our only time on it, sadly) to Yokohama, to our first park AND to meet up with all the rest of the group, who had been doing a tour add-on before we arrived.

Cosmoworld was a familiar park to me, having been here twice before. It has levels to challenge your sense of direction in finding ride entrances, exits, food, capsule machines... it's a good physical work out, lol. It's also literally in two parts, the main section of it, where we started, and the second part over on the other side of the waterway we had to cross to get to it. Mostly children's rides there, but a couple of good thrill flats - and the Ice House!

It was 'very cute' how "somebody" managed to lock the exit door of the Ice House, so that all of us in that thing, were all bunched up at the exit door, freezing our.....off. Fun times, ha ha.

David got his first coaster in of the tour (Vanish) and with JC, we ended up eating lunch at a Hard Rock Cafe, just before we all re-grouped, to continue on the train to another park for the day..... Sea Paradise park.
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After breakfast and before we left the city on the Bullet Train, I noticed this interesting display of a blue beverage. No idea what it was.
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What? There's a POPCORN TOUR from this hotel? Why are we leaving now??? )o:
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After the bullet train, we arrive, and wait for Robb and the others to meet up with us here. The two guys in front are not with us, lol.
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The area we are now in.
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Heading towards the park we see this. It's a new mall and hotel being built in Cosmoworld.
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Shiny!
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Our host for the park, greets us with another Custom Made TPR Greeting Poster.
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And the Main Subject of said poster, agrees to pose, without knowing exactly what she's posing beside. Good sport, Elissa!
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A park map to show you all what we're getting into, here. (Pic by David)
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Always liked that building there. And some coaster track.
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Here goes Vanish!
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And it does! (sort of) Both pix by David.
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The spinning mouse - which really wasn't allowed to spin at all, until near the end of the cycle.
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David got a pic or two of groups of (non-spinning) riders enjoying the mouse.
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The flume with a touch of air time (if lucky) before the big drop. We also found out it had a SCREAM METER, that was able to post how 'high' our flume log's scream....was. I think ours did pretty good, but I never checked until afterwards. Then I forgot our original posting, LOL. Silly old bear.
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After Vanish and the Mouse, we were taken over to the other part of the part (across the water) where we got ERT on the Banana Coaster! (DbM)
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Front part of the second park section. I think I understand what I just said. One houses prize winning walk through games, usually based on cartoons and children's stories we knew nothing about. (DbM)
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Since I am already showing shots from the skywheel we're on, here's a shot of what appears to be a mini-golf game setup on a building's roof! And coloured panels to drive your mind crazy!
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Another view of the new project the park is currently building.
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Vanish track, around the spinning mouse.
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An enterprise just lifting - no spinning - just lifting up. Never seen one do that.
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I liked the small pattern in there, surrounded by all that green and concrete.
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Us! Enjoying the skywheel and all we can see of Yokohama from up there. More to follow...
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:13 am

Here's one of the few videos I took with my camera, during the tour.

This one shows Neil on one of the more "physical" arcade games on
the Cosmoworld games floor.

It's all about bouncing, bouncing, bouncing!
Definitely a physical workout, heh heh.


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I would get tired just getting up on the thing, LOL!
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Re: Photo TR: Bill & David's TPR Japan Tour (2013)

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:10 am

Alright, another Japan TR. :b Each one brings a different perspective.

I was wondering did you go into a 7-11 in Japan and if so do they have a Slurpee machine like the US/CA ones? I'm curious what Slurpee flavors they would have there if they have a Slurpee machine.
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:31 pm

^ You know what? I don't think I ever looked for any Slurpee machine at any of the
ones we went through, during the entire tour. :shockr: (Looking for beers, etc...)

From my best memory, I don't think any of them had any kind of Slurpee machine.
Lots of magazines, cold (& to-heat) Japanese foods, booze and non-booze on wall racks....

But maybe somebody else from the tour, remembers better than me...? :)
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