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Canal City

Getting to Fukuoka involved us having a huge day of travelling. We left Mt Fuji on the bus back to Tokyo which was easier and quicker than trying to get around Fuji to the nearest Shinkansen station. Once at Tokyo we had to race across town to pick up the Shinkansen (Bullet train) to Osaka where we changed to another train to Fukuoka. All in all it took us about eleven hours but when you consider the distances involved it would have taken about two days on British Rail. The Shinkansen is amazing, loads of legroom, reclining seats and fast is not the word.

Carp at Rakusuien Garden
It is amazing to see a rail network that works. Going from one end of the country to the other and the train arrives on time to the minute!!

The journey gave us the opportunity to see some of Japan, we've never seen so many golf ranges without spotting so much as a single golf course! The route the Shinkansen takes is basically built up from Tokyo all the way to Osaka, but the mountains in the distance are lush and the leaves were in various stages of turning from green to yellow to red and brown. It was stunning.

We stayed in a Japanese style Inn called a Ryokan in Fukuoka called Kashima Honken which was great. The building is really old and the room had tatami mat flooring and we were provided with Yakuta's to wear. There is a whole set of protocols to follow when staying in a ryokan and if you can get past the not wanting to offend anyone by doing anything insulting it's a great experience.

Canal City

Fukuoka has a loop bus which costs just ¥100 (40p ish), worth doing just for a tour. Our main reason for coming here was the Sumo, but although it goes on all day it's not really worth going early unless you are a die hard enthusiast. We decided that we'd check out a bit more of Fukuoka first and visited a really pretty Japanese garden called Rakusuien Garden. They had a pond with the obligatory huge carp swimming around. As soon as they saw us they all came to the suface searching out food.

After the garden we headed to a shopping and entertainment complex called Canal City. The place is vast. We found a restaurant which offered an all you can eat buffet, which to two hungry tourists is an invitation to abuse. We certainly got our money's worth, the problem is that our capacity for eating has diminshed because we've been cutting back so much.

Steph with a friendly robot at Canal City

After lunch and feeling huge we thought it would be a good time to see the really big guys at the sumo and get our bellies back in perspective. We were shown up to our seats and to our horrer we were sat next to a family we can only describe as mentally deficient. They were the only people in the whole arena who were shouting and screaming. Right our ears!!!! There was no way we could've stayed there so we ducked out and found some spare seats on the other side of the satdium. From then on the Sumo was brilliant. They work their way up the rankings until they get to the big boys. The best fight of the day was between one of the western competitors called Baruto and a Japanese guy. In contrast to most bouts it lasted several minutes and concluded with Baruto winning to a huge round of applause. On the way out we got ourselves some nice Sumo memorabilia (Tea Cups) to remember it by.

 

stabber911 says:
Really interesting..
Posted on: Dec 01, 2007
lisbog says:
Hello Stefcia and Adam,
Babcia is here tonight viewing all your travel pics. She says Thank You for the postcards. She finds all of this very facinating. She says that the both of you look wonderful. She sends nine angels to travel with you.
Posted on: Dec 01, 2007
barrieandann says:
Hi Adam & Stephanie,
Glad to have you "back with us". Nice to see you in fancy dress with Stephanie Adam.
Mum and I are thinking of you both and send all our love. xxxxxx
Posted on: Nov 29, 2007
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Canal City
Canal City
Carp at Rakusuien Garden
Carp at Rakusuien Garden
Canal City
Canal City
Steph with a friendly robot at Can…
Steph with a friendly robot at Ca…
Steph enjoying her caffeine fix
Steph enjoying her caffeine fix
Crane at Rakusuien Garden
Crane at Rakusuien Garden
Crane at Rakusuien Garden
Crane at Rakusuien Garden
Carp at Rakusuien Garden
Carp at Rakusuien Garden
Rakusuien Garden
Rakusuien Garden
Rakusuien Garden
Rakusuien Garden
Adam in Rakusuien Garden
Adam in Rakusuien Garden
Adam at our new home, the Ryokan K…
Adam at our new home, the Ryokan …
Sumos battle it out
Sumos battle it out
Western sumo Baruto
Western sumo Baruto
Part of the ceremonies
Part of the ceremonies
Grand Sumo Tournament Final
Grand Sumo Tournament Final
Ryokan Kashima Honkan
Ryokan Kashima Honkan
Fukuokas Kokusai Centre, where th…
Fukuoka's Kokusai Centre, where t…
Fukuokas Kokusai Centre
Fukuoka's Kokusai Centre
Sumo Dojo
Sumo Dojo
Adam at the Sumo
Adam at the Sumo
Steph at the Sumo
Steph at the Sumo
Part of the ceremonies
Part of the ceremonies
Part of the ceremonies
Part of the ceremonies
The start of a match
The start of a match
Fukuoka
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