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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby SharkTums » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:24 pm

I should actually thank you for being late! It always ends up being such a great story and threat to hold over people in the future! Made even better since it was one of our trusty assistants! ;)

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Postby larrygator » Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:56 pm

I much prefer when someone else like Southern Steve is late, but anything I can do to help out TPR is good in the end.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby WFChris » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:48 pm

Larry, I really enjoy your take on the Japan Tour. Less emphasis on OMFG AMAZING PHOTOS and more on experience. With so much ridiculously good photography on this site its nice to see a non-professional take on things. Umm, yes. That IS a compliment.

The TPR 'Don't Be Late' golden rule was in full effect at Knotts yesterday...we had to be there at 5:45AM and not a minute later...we were escorted into the park at 5:43AM, so even those 'mostly on time' were LATE! (if there were any).

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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby larrygator » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:14 pm

There always seems to be that one park on a TPR Trip that surprises you. Tobu Zoo was that park for me. I knew about the Intamin Mega-Lite and it delivered. I know it is essentially the same coaster as Piraten, but I enjoyed Kawasemi much more. I liked it from the first ride I took before it was fully warmed up, which so it is a fair comparison to my rides on Piraten. it was an added bonus to be able to ride it repeatedly.

Unfortunately, riding it repeatedly almost caused me to miss the rest of the park. Quite frankly I didn't know what else was at the park besides Regina, an Intamin Drop Tower and a zoo. It turns out there are a lot of other flat rides over a very large area. I placed pictures of all of them in the Park Index. Shameless Plug #1 There were go karts, and haunted walk through, an excellent 3D movie, a simulator, a haunted swing, quite a few more classic flats and of course the obligatory Ferris Wheel.

It you want to see awesome of pictures of Kawasemi look at Hanno's thread. Plug #2 I was too busy riding.

This was anyone one of those days that started out outcast but dry happy thoughts turned the sky to sunshine for our time at Tobu Zoo.
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Matt, Tom and Stefan are turning Japanese. Leonard refuses to get sucked into sleepy mode on the way to Tobu Zoo.
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On the way to Kawasemi before the park opens to the public we pass this unusual contraption. I think it is called a Ferris Wheel.
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Even with Robb in the picture, Kawasemi is still sexy. Maybe the appearance of Robb makes Kawasemi look sexier. Either way, props to Robb and Elissa as I probably never would have made it to Japan on my own.
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Unique photo op, at least that's what I think it was. I have no clue.
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The Dinosaur World walk-through was not open.
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But the best woodie in Japan (Regina) was open. I'm still trying to figure out this sign also, but since it's at a zoo I guess it make sense.
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OK, at least the safety sign makes sense.
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Derek said to skip StarCross Meteor Attack, but the signage was too good to pass up. I think I dragged Brad, Bryan and Renee onto this simulator. I liked it. I'm sure Bryan did also since I let him hang out with me.
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The arcade was really cool. It had the "Walk the Dog" game.
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Baseball in a bubble.
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There was this game where you are a train conductor. None of the adults could figure it out but I heard that Kristin mastered it.
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Let's Go Jungle was a video game we played the night prior at Sega Joypolis. Sorry I don't have any photos from Sega Joypolis. You'll have to trust me on this.
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Brad was a pro on this maroca (sp?) game. I think he has it at home.
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I played the Treasure Shot game and won a stuffed Elmo. As it was oppressively hot the air conditioned arcade was a savior.
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But outside to explore the rest of the park I found African Safari themed go-karts.
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Within the scary clown building is a haunted swing.
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I found a big train.
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and found a mini train. If you notice the ride op is starting to cover the train because just as we are about to leave Tobu Zoo the rain started coming down.
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There was a large playground area.
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Which included a big climbing tower.
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One of the best surprises was a really creepy 3D movie with Japanese schoolgirls with monsters in the metal cabinets in the school hallways or something like that.
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And the 3D theater was right next to a haunted walkthrough/funhouse. I'm not sure how many participants on the trip found this area of the park.
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Scottish Steve went no where near the haunted walkthrough.
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With Divv not around someone had to get photographic evidence that Erik was eating ice cream. As rare as a ferris wheel in Japan.
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Artsy shot of one of those ferris wheels
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That's all I got. Bye Bye!
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby OldJJman » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:22 pm

I loved that arcade!! We won so much candy there!

BUT.... O.M.G!!!! I've nevr seen that train conductor game!!!


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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby larrygator » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:26 pm

OK, time to get this started aagain. After we left Tobu Zoo, we headed to a small park in a very non-commercial section of Tokyo. Hanayashiki one another one of those parks I know very little about. On one of the previous TPR trips a couple of participants took a side trip to the park. You could definitely tell that difference in the environment for this park. Very blue collar looking area with plenty of traditional Japanese architecture, a lot of street vendors and aggressive restaurant workers trying to bring in diners.

Of course just like practically every day of the trip is was overcast and drizzly when arrived at the park after a 15 minutes walk from the train. So of course all of us headed straight to the oldest roller coaster in Japan. The park wasn't very big, wedged into a city block but they packed rides on top of each other including a few decent dark rides and unusual attractions.

It was a fun little park but far from a thrill seekers paradise. In the end, one of my favorite aspects of the park was exploring the semi-seedy area around the park.
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We're not in downtown Tokyo anymore.
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The park has to be around here somewhere.
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No really, it has to be close. Oh shoot, the rain is starting.
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OK, that looks promising.
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It's a credit, let's get it.
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But there were plenty of other fun attractions like the Surprising House or as we all called it "The Pig House".
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Rosie and Bill loved the Pig House. KidTums even rode it multiple times.
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There was also this room where they dimmed the lights and you listened to a spooky audio soundtrack. it was not done anywhere near as well as the one at Joypolis.
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The Thriller Car ghost train was well done for having such a small footprint.
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The Disk-O is close enough to the roller coaster that you can reach out and slap hands.
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Although the Space Shot was down for the day, KidTums did have a Frog Hopper to ride.
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TPR members waiting for Fo and Drink.
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But I went for the crepes.
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These types of "loopers" are very common at the Japanese parks.
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The hunter chasing the Big Bad Wolf on a ride themed to the Brazilian Carnavale is a unique choice.
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby larrygator » Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:54 pm

OK, I prematurely submitted, but that's OK because the remaining phots from this day are from the area surrounding the park. Like I said earlier, much different than downtown Tokyo.
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About two blocks away I found this place.
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and here is the talent.
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but it's all safe.
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Found this covered mall area, notice the graffiti.
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I walked into a Pawn Shop and almost bought this but couldn't haggle very well in Japanese. They also had some used porn DVD for 650 yen (about $5) but I can't post those pictures here.
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If you wondered how much those things cost, NOW YOU KNOW.
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Having this right next to the Strip Club made me snicker.
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and for me final picture of the area around the park I bring you: The Ever Elusive Japanese Homeless Dude. Not easy to track down.
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Postby ernierocker » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:00 pm

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Hmm, I wonder what the difference between the 4000 and 6000 yen services were???
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:04 pm

I always love coming back to Hanayashiki park!

Cheesy and (possibly?) Japanese sleezy area (IMhO) it is in, Hanayashiki park is truly one-of-it's-kind (in-city park).

Hope you enjoyed the crepe, Larry. They are soooo good, lol.

I always find it cool that they can cram so much into that one block or so of space.

It's a bit gritty (a bit?), but that is definitely part of the charm of this park.

You've shown us a great deal of the whole park there, Larry, thanks!

Is it time to go back to Japan? <g>
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Re: Photo TR: Japan - larrygator goes to Japan

Postby SharkTums » Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:05 pm

Love the reports Larry!

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