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30 December 2009 @ 08:37 pm
Since I haven't had much to eat all day and didn't have time to find soy milk, I chose beer with my bento for its nutritional value. Now heading for Nagasaki.

nojaynojay on December 31st, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ekiben or trolley-dolly bento? One of the ekiben stores (in Shin-Osaka station I think it was) had a presentation pack of sushi which, after I converted it into real money cost about the same as a compact car. Okay it was a large box of sushi but still...
ashi: karinashi on December 31st, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
ekiben. 1000 yen, not bad. It seems to be the normal price for the veggie bento box most places sell.
nojaynojay on December 31st, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
If you're visiting Nagasaki try and ride the ropeway (cablecar) up into the surrounding hills. There's a fantastic view of the city and the port from the top station (weather permitting) -- there's a viewing tower at the top and you can calibrate your GPS receiver at the datum mark just outside. It's on the other side of the river from Nagasaki JR station, a bit of a walk but then again I like walking in Japanese towns.
ashi: kasumiashi on December 31st, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I saw a sign at the JR station mentioning the ropeway, and i like ropeways, so I was already thinking about it. I'm here for 4 nights, plenty of time to see a lot. I might check out nearby Huis Ten Bosch too.
nojaynojay on December 31st, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
If you like ropeways there's a fine one in Kobe, just behind the shinkansen station. It terminates at a hilltop garden and exhibition centre. Apparently the site used to be a perfumery run by Dutch merchants, growing plants that benefitted from the altitude and local weather conditions.

My favourite Japanese ropeway is in Onomichi; it's a small-town kind of a cablecar but it's in my favourite example of small-town Japan so I'm biased on that score. I'll be in Japan after Easter at Hal-con in Omiya and I'll be making a side-trip back to Onomichi then.
Kevin Standlee: Manga Kevinkevin_standlee on December 31st, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ah! Have a good time. Lisa still raves about the pork buns in Hakata/Fukuoka station at the end of the Shinkansen line, where you transfer to the train to Nagasaki. (I've told her, "It's a lot way to Hakata, dear, or I'd pop out and get you some.)

As you may know, Lisa and I spent an enjoyable (but humid) day there after N2007, being very happy that we'd escaped the hurricane that everyone else who'd gone to Tokyo was weathering. Our tourism there was the tram lines, the A-Bomb museum, and the recreation of the Dutch Mission. We were fascinated that they could build such a re-creation mainly because one of the Dutch governors was bored and built a scale model of the village and sent it back home, so the preservationists had a model from which to work when they set out to restore the place.