Barge84 wrote:The trick track section of Thunder Dolphins was pretty lame, along with the drop into the final brakes. Otherwise, I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'd always heard lackluster reviews.
Yeah, it's funny, I came away liking it this time around more than I had in the past (I hadn't ridden in since 2008), but I really think timing had a lot to do with it. In 2004, we rode it after having ridden Expedition GeForce, Goliath, all the Superman coasters when they were fairly new, Millennium Force and then Thunder Dolphin. Had we ridden them on the opposite order, I probably would have felt different from it.
And then in the last ten years, I feel there have been a lot of "meh" B&M hypers out there that did even less for me than Thunder Dolphin, so putting it all into perspective now, it was more enjoyable than our first experience with it.
But that trick track part is still incredibly dumb!
Yeah, the trick-track bit is pretty bizarre. I guess it's supposed to simulate a dolphin swimming, with the way the train "swishes" back and forth.
WARNING! THE FOLLOW UPDATE CONTAINS LOTS OF PICTURES OF OWLS!!!
So we had heard about this "owl cafe" thing in Japan. What is it you ask? Well, it's as small cafe that has owls, duh! In reality, the Owl Cafe, also known as Fukuro no Mise in Tokyo down some side street near the Tsukishima Station in just a small room where, yes they serve drinks, but it's function is to be able to house lots of owls that it's owner has raised and kept, so all of us can hold them, pet them, and take pictures of them.
It was truly one of the weirdest coolest things I've ever done in Japan!
We arrived at the Owl Cafe early to make our reservation. They only allow 15 people in per hour and it sells out QUICK!
As you can see, it's kind of a non-descript location and you wouldn't even know what this was unless you knew about it. The owl cafe opens at 2pm and they suggest getting there at least an hour early to make your reservation to get in. They start taking reservations for the day at 1pm. We got there at 12:30 and was the second in line. By the time 1pm rolled around, there were probably 40 or so people in line.
Here's some info about the owl cafe.
As you can see inside it's TINY!
Some owl info...
One of the staff members explains to us how to hold the owls.
And what to do if the owls start to fly away! lol
Here is the "bar" of the cafe. Really, I think it's just called a "cafe" and serves random drinks like lemonade just to say they are a "cafe" and no be zoned as a zoo or something like that.
Well hello owls!
Kristen is LOVING THIS!!!
And so is Elissa!
There are at least 15 to 20 owls in this place.
These are the "smaller" owls and most of them can't be more than 6-8 inches tall.
You can put them and hold them...
Robb, you cannot eat them!
This was one currently on a "diet" and he seemed pretty pissed off! (I would be, too!)
The girls are loving holding the owls!
This really was one of the more bizarre things I've ever done.
Yup, we just went around holding random different owls.
It costs 2,000 yen each to get into this place, or about $20. Money VERY well spent!
The owls are all VERY tame as they have been raised since babies by the owner.
ROBB!!!! DO NOT EAT THE OWL!!!! That is NOT yakitori!
All of the owls have small leashes on them that you have to hold on to...they are birds after all!
You get to spend a good 45 minutes doing pretty much whatever you want with the owls.
The staff will help you to do things like put them on your shoulder, etc.
I have probably seen more species of owl in the hour I was in there than I have seen in my entire life!
Yup, I'm an owl!
Hello, Mr. Owl, I'm talking about you!
This was was born blind. Poor guy!
"Just hanging out with some owls..."
You can see the talons actually do dig in a bit!
This one is trying to escape because of Robb.
The owls are separated from the "big owls" and "small owls."
This is a big owl...
This is a big owl on Elissa.
This is still a big owl on Elissa.
Kristen liked the little owls better! They were more her size.
Again, you can see here just how small this place is!
Yup, I'm an owl...
It's like attack of the clone....owls!
Owls, Owls, everywhere...
This one greets you as you come in the door!
We all agree, the owl cafe was a hoot! This crazy place is HIGHLY recommended!
Mental note - don't fall on the tracks!
Someone care to explain this one?
We took a quick trip over to Odaiba. Love this building!
Kristen is in heaven at Toys R Us with all the anime toys!
And I found the perfect toy for me, too!
Full size Lego Darth Vader was in here! Cool!
What's interesting to me is the presence of each video game company in Japan...
Loads of games and accessories for Wii U...
Even more for Nintendo 3DS...
While this small shelf is all they had for PS3, PS4, and PSVita combined XBOX doesn't even have a presence at all.
Kristen is just playing with a robot dinosaur, you know....because Japan.
Funny just how popular Nintendo is in Japan (which is a good thing, IMO!)
Would you like to own a cat in Japan? This one is only about $4,000! Pets are most certainly a luxury in this country.
We are at the place where we first saw Tsum Tsum! Yay!
This arcade still pretty much kicks ass!
Not sure what was going on here, but I love it!
Yay! I won another Frozen Fever Snowgie!
Hello Joypolis! We will see you again in a few days...
It was a good Japanese food day! It started out with some delicious Katsu Curry...
And then ended up with my all-time Japanese favorite...
Wasabi Yakitori is to die for!
And the final picture of this update... BACON WRAPPED asparagus! Because anything bacon wrapped is AWESOME!
Last edited by robbalvey on Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:13 pm.
I am giving up coasters and becoming an Owl enthusiast! That place looks amazing! I adore owls so much! I am loving living vicariously through you guys, I can't wait to get back to Japan. It really is one of my favourite places on earth.
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