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Old 07-26-2012, 07:59 AM   #121
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Loving reading your report and bringing back some great memories-I can't believe how quiet the parks are compared to when we were there in April-especially DL- and I thought they were good then as it was in the short gap before Golden Week started and after schools went back from Spring Break. Battymum-great to hear you have committed! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:22 AM   #122
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Yeah, I was pretty surprised with how quiet it was too! It was the week of a public holiday too, so I was exepcting big crowds, and they just weren't there..? I'm definitely not complaining though!
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Old 07-26-2012, 09:02 AM   #123
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All of a sudden there were lights shining overhead and all around so we started to make our way towards them. Then a familiar tune started up – Fantasmic! I had forgotten that it played here! We watched for a little while, but couldn’t get that great a view of it, so we decided we’d use the time to get a few more rides in with short waits.

We rode JTTCOE with only a 20 minute wait. DH made friends with some Japanese girls in the line. They spoke a couple of lines of English (and knew Koala) and DH knew konichiwa and arrigato. He thought it was great being the attention of so many young girls.

Next we rode Indiana Jones again, with only a 10 minute wait this time. Still love this ride. Again DH made friends with all the young girls riding with us.

We then started making our way out of the park, by going out the way we came in, through the winding Mediterranean Harbour back streets. It’s so pretty at night. It had started sprinkling but it wasn’t too bad.





We had a quick look around Ikspiari for dinner, but everything was closing, so we figured we’d get something for dinner back at Shinjuku. On the bottom level of Ikspiari we found a small grocery store. There was a heap of different food options so I grabbed a couple of snacks.









This was easily the busiest trip we made on a train in Tokyo. Does anyone know what time traditional business hours finish in Tokyo? We saw more people heading home from work at 11pm then what we saw between 4pm and 8pm. Bugger that, I finish work as soon as I can! If I can be home by 4pm I will be!!

When we got back to CST we found that everything here was closed as well. My feet were killing me from walking all day, and being off them was far more preferable to food. However DH wanted something to eat, so he headed out to see if he could find something to bring back.

About an hour later he stumbles in empty handed with a cheeky grin. I assumed that he hadn’t been able to find anything, or that he had, but had left it outside the door just for sh*ts and giggles. Turns out he had found plenty of places open, including a noodle place where you order using a vending machine. He ordered 2 meals, one for me and one for him, however he didn’t know how to ask for take away. So when the meals came in the restaurants bowls he decided that all he could do was eat both meals… It was only the other day I asked him why he didn’t think about grabbing me something from one of the 24 hour McDonalds…

I had a few rice crackers (cruskits) with cheesybite (a type of vegemite) from home and some timtams that I'd picked up at Ikspiari and called it a night. I was still happy I didn’t have to keep walking on my sore feet.
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:36 AM   #124
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Does anyone know what time traditional business hours finish in Tokyo? We saw more people heading home from work at 11pm then what we saw between 4pm and 8pm.
Here's a Japanese word for you - karōshi (過労死). Essentially, "death-by-overwork." The typical Japanese "salaryman" doesn't necessarily expect to make it home until late ... or at all (and thus the infamous "capsule" hotels).
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:51 AM   #125
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Turns out he had found plenty of places open, including a noodle place where you order using a vending machine. He ordered 2 meals, one for me and one for him, however he didn’t know how to ask for take away. So when the meals came in the restaurants bowls he decided that all he could do was eat both meals…
I wonder if that's the same noodle shop I went to on my trip.
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:36 AM   #126
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Here's a Japanese word for you - karōshi (過労死). Essentially, "death-by-overwork." The typical Japanese "salaryman" doesn't necessarily expect to make it home until late ... or at all (and thus the infamous "capsule" hotels).
I've heard of that, I just wasn't sure if it was a real thing, or just in movies

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I wonder if that's the same noodle shop I went to on my trip.
lol - I have no idea where he went, so it could have been!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #127
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We got home today and I really want to update my TR, but after 2 days of travelling I'm very Meh...

Maybe tomorrow, after a good night's sleep...

I will just say this though, throughout our trip - particularly in Tokyo, DH and I would comment on how late people stayed out, and that we didn't think they slept, and that's why there were so many people always dancing at Yoyogi Park, they weren't doing it for fun, they were just delirious from no sleep.

We often joked that if we kept going the way we were - constantly touring around from morning until night without rest - it wouldn't be long and we'd be dancing deliriously as well.

Well I would like to announce that it is official. DH has had a few drinks and is currently dancing around our kitchen to music from his Ipod.

He is delirious...
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Old 07-30-2012, 04:30 PM   #128
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Well I would like to announce that it is official. DH has had a few drinks and is currently dancing around our kitchen to music from his Ipod.

He is delirious...


I am definitely looking forward to hearing more about your trip when you get a chance, especially the non TDR parts. I know it can take awhile to gather thoughts and adapt to being back home etc, so no rush.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:53 PM   #129
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I am definitely looking forward to hearing more about your trip when you get a chance, especially the non TDR parts. I know it can take awhile to gather thoughts and adapt to being back home etc, so no rush.
ditto!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:03 PM   #130
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Glad to hear you made it back ok and that you enjoyed your trip!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:21 PM   #131
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Great TR so far ... thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:35 AM   #132
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Today we decided to sleep in and take it easy. We’d been going pretty hard core since arriving in Japan, and were starting to feel it.

We headed back to Disneyland around 12pm. Something I meant to point out earlier – so many people catch a train to Disney from Tokyo station that the little train line map on the platform at Tokyo is missing the Maihama station – simply because everyone who wants to go there point at the station on the map, and the writing has all worn off… So if you’re ever waiting on a platform at Tokyo station for a train to Disney and you’re worried that you’ve got the wrong platform because you can’t see your destination, don’t panic, just look closer…

We stopped at a sushi place at Ikspiari for lunch. This place was really good! I remembered to ask for no wasabi this time, and really enjoyed my sushi. DH chose a couple of different things and really liked his selections as well.













We then made the walk back into Disneyland.

Again we headed left, and again POTC was only a 5 minute wait, so in we went! I could ride this all day.



We then made our way through the shops in adventure land. I think I’m more likely to buy souvenirs from the US parks then what I am from Japan, which is a pity as you don’t see anything like the Japanese souvenirs anywhere else, but I just can’t go past the price.

While still in adventure land I saw Baloo heading towards us. It might just be me, but I feel like the characters at TDL have a lot more freedom then those in the US. Some people might love this, especially the little kids that were about when he was out and about. They had some really great interactions, and when they walked off, baloo and these monkeys were all walking along in a line, holding hands with a bunch of kids. It was really special, and nothing I’ve seen anywhere else. My problem is that characters creep me out…

Usually in the states I’m ok around them, because I know they’re too busy to single me out and come after me, but when this Baloo pointed and waved at me and started walking towards me I felt I had nowhere to run! I had time to snap a quick pic and then try and hide behind DH.



After our narrow escape from The Jungle Book characters we decided to take a leisurely cruise on the Mark Twain. Nothing really to comment on here, it’s the same as in the US.







We also went for a walk around Tom Sawyer’s Island. We didn’t spend much time over there, but I managed to get one of these! It’s a Stitch icy pole! It’s like a bubble-gummy flavour icy pole, with a strawberry jam like filling – really nice, and it went down a treat!







We noticed that the parade was about to start, so we used it as an advantage to see what the wait time was on Buzz. It only had a 10 minute wait, so we were more than happy to ride. DH and I are pretty competitive, so we love this ride. DH always wins, but I’d never admit that to his face…



The TDR Buzz is the same as the DLR Buzz.
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Old 07-31-2012, 05:06 AM   #133
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Yay, another update! What day are we up to, I will have to go back to the start.
I read the sushi menu "fish guts pickled in salt" hmm, how will I sell that to my family?
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Loving all the food porn.


Sounds like a GREAT time with the young girls for your DH.
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:58 AM   #135
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meh... second day back at work, and I'm already trying to work out when I can next take holidays...
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