2010 03 26 - Osaka day 1
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March 26th, 2010 – by: whereisavg
After several text messages with Ryosuke Mondo (Osaka host and fellow speedcuber) and Sachi Schuricht (worldtraveller and my biggest inspiration for this trip) I found out that I had to take a train to another Osaka station. I asked around and found out that I had to take the JL line. 15 minutes of wandering later I gave up and I asked the information desk where I could find the JL line because all I could find was the JR line.
After getting some money from a VISA-capable machine (took some searching) I took the train and met up with Ryosuke and Sachi. The train system is so well organised that it is sometimes scary. There are actually markings to indicate where the door will be and the trains are fast and on time.
After that we went to the house of Ryosukes parents. He just moved himself after getting married and his parents had space for all three of us. I learned to exchange your shoes for slippers/sandals when entering a house, about the wonderful efficient toilet (sink mounted on the toilet. when you flush the fosset pours water on your hands and then that goes through the bottom of the sink into the toilet for the next flush saving both space and water), about Japanese baths (kept warm by a thermostate and a cover all day, but not meant for cleaning yourself. instead you shower first and then go into the water clean and just relax) and about some wonderful food (including rice, fish and Miso soup) and everyone got to laugh about my way of eating with chopsticks (I hold them like I hold my pen when I write which is basically like everyone else would hold a dart before throwing it). After an evening of talking with Ryosukes father (his mother doesn't speak english) about cultural differences we got to bed quite early and I (again) had a very good night of sleep.
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