Journey to Japan, June 2015
began with the awful drive along Number Ten Highway to
Boundary Bay where I deposited the car in the hangar
under the wing of the Airvan.
drove past me on it's way to the terminal... I had told
him I was at the bus stop by 72nd...
The Air Canada Rouge flight
took off at 12:27 (19:27z).
was very good on this flight, not as good as Air Canada I was told, but much much
better than my experience on Air Canada
from Hong Kong to Vancouver a few years ago, though that
flight was compared with the Thai Airways flight
from Bangkok to Hong Kong that preceded it.
iPad I watched "The Second Best Marigold Hotel" which was said to be not
as good as the first one. While not quite as good, I
thought it was still very very good, and I would
recommend seeing it.
The ear buds were uncomfortable.
22nd June, Arrival
on time at Osaka Kansai Airport on Monday morning having
missed the night by crossing the International Date Line.
a shortage of Immigration agents at Kansai and so it took
a while to get through.
Around 100 Yen = $1 Canadian.
Japan is easy and efficient with a few snags to contend
C had an
iPhone, and this did work, so we navigated to the hotel
in the North Hotel was cosy with a single bed and the
usual all in one plastic loo with a toilet featuring a
warmed seat, and a bottom spray system to clean up after
the room through Agoda.
It was now Monday evening,
checked in, and time to eat.
There was a small
restaurant with the Chinese Kanji characters meaning
"100 Years" restaurant with a Japanese lady
outside who invited us in.
Our first evening began in a friendly little restaurant.
Kotaro is an old friend
of C, and he turned up after his long workd day in a
nearby office building to introduce us to Osaka.
Tuesday was for
touring and today's objective was the Osaka Castle.
There were two
ticket prices one was OAP and the other was simply Osaka
|Osaka Castle is an impressive
building representing Japanese style contrasting with the
tall purposeful modern high rise buildings of the city
that surrounds it.
It's a scenic walk from the boat dock climbing up and up after crossing level upon level.
Everywhere you glimpse Kimono
clad brides with their new husbands also clad in more
conservative Japanese attire.
Lunch was small fried prawn filled dumplings from a van in the large square in front of the castle, this was followed by ice cream from another van.
We paid the entry
fee, 600 Yen each, to tour the castle.
The Japanese seem
to be a fun loving peaceful people these days, hard
working, though perhaps with an undercurrent of sadness.
Japanese children appear to grow up swatting away at their studies, long hours, preparing for the long days of working, striving to survive. But they're communal, out in groups laughing and taking lots of 'selfies' between times.
work hard and play hard.
Japan is about shopping and there are plenty of enclosed streets like this where you can find everything you could ever desire and many things you never knew you wanted!
It was warm,
temperatures in June rise into the 30s (Centigrade), and
so a dose of air conditioning is required.
We had walked a lot in Osaka and my legs were aching, but there was more in store for them.
On to part two