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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #90 on: October 22, 2015, 10:53:25 PM »
Just read the whole thing in one sitting! Amazing stuff. And yea I gotta agree you do know a lot of random stuff!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #91 on: October 22, 2015, 11:51:07 PM »
Just read the whole thing in one sitting! Amazing stuff. And yea I gotta agree you do know a lot of random stuff!
Thank you for all the encouragement from everyone :)
there is nothing random here - except the Amundsen story.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #92 on: October 23, 2015, 12:01:57 AM »
Between the jet leg, the heat and the constant walking we are all exhausted. Time to head back to our apartment in Minatoku to prepare for Shabbos.
You may be in a hurry but do not rush in the metro:



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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #93 on: October 26, 2015, 02:35:54 PM »
I see that racism is alive and well in the Orient
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #94 on: October 26, 2015, 02:38:42 PM »
I see that racism is alive and well in the Orient
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #95 on: October 28, 2015, 05:35:09 PM »
On the way home we visit to a Seven Eleven convenience store which is conveniently located around the corner from our apartment. We load up on drinks for the soon-to-be-arriving day of rest. Yes, I already hear the rumbling of the Kashrus police coming after meÖ so if you are curious, itís orange juice, milk, beer and eggs in the shopping bag. We keep the neshamos of the Shwarmabob hatchings pure so they only drink beer. The parentsí souls are already knackered and weary so we need milk with our coffees.

As I turn around to head out of the store, guess what I see, my heart starts racing and I didnít even have the right beverage yet! I reach into my pocket searching for the right credit card to use Ė multiply those numbers by 5 points Ė where does that take us?



Then it downs on me where I am; no point run today, yet itís not a bad place to greet Shabbos HaMalka.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #96 on: October 28, 2015, 05:44:27 PM »
Lol!!! Too bad.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #97 on: October 29, 2015, 09:52:19 AM »
We keep the neshamos of the Shwarmabob hatchings pure so they only drink beer. The parentsí souls are already knackered and weary so we need milk with our coffees.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #98 on: June 22, 2016, 04:26:31 PM »
After freshening up and resting an hour, itís time to head to shul. Mrs. Shwarmabob takes a rain check, she is completely out due to the heat, our earlier walks and jet leg. Our attempts to convince her donít work, so with a heavy heart we set out on our own. I memorized the route and I really hope that I wonít meet Mr. Amnesia on the way. There is no eruv here and I canít remember either the address of our apartment or the address of Chabad, but I walked through these streets before. Not in a previous life, but on Google Streets.

BĒH we find Chabad, a shul with sefarim, an interesting and friendly minyan of people and delicious dinner. Apparently, the local custom is that everyone new has to say a vort. I say something semi-intelligent about Derech Eretz, the Japanese and Pirkei Avos. Sadly, this rubs some folks visiting from the Holy Land the wrong way who wonít talk to me after this. Oh well, excusez moi, we have a great time with the rabbi, the Sake, Dr. Tuna and other visitors.

Shabbos morning I sleep in and wake up at 6am. I experiment with dissolving instant coffee with cold water and milk and sip the resulting mixture on the small balcony overlooking the hushed side street for the next couple of hours. Itís the only time I experienced quietness and cool temperature during our stay in Tokyo. As I ponder life observing an elderly lady watering flowers across the street, a young boy of bar mitzvah age riding a bicycle down the alleyway, the feeling downs on me just how totally unexpected our being here is. When I was that boyís age riding my bike, Japan was not even a dream; even much closer destinations were unattainable. Time ticks away, the sun rises higher on the horizon and with it the heat returns and the rest of the Shwarmabobs awaken.

We spend Shabbos in shul and later walk around a bit in Minatoku. As Maariv approaches, there is a tremendous fireworks, everyone piles out to the roofs and to the streets. As I later find out we are witnessing the Sumida River Fireworks Festival. The festival dates back to 1733, when it was established as a ceremony for remembering the victims of a famine the previous year. When we get to shul, we have to wait until the minyan returns from the park where they went to have a better view of the spectacle.



After Shabbos we go out to Roppongi Hills which is close enough to make it home before the metro shuts down. Roppongi is the music, club and bar center of Tokyo. Lots of people walking about, maybe it's the Motzei Shabbos hang out place. It used to be the center of the Japanese mafia/Yakuza, and maybe it is still. There are a few hustlers out on the streets trying to get some tourists into overprices bars. I am the frugal type, Mrs. Shwarmabob keeps an eye on me, they got no chance and they seem to know it. We chill out as Shwarmabob Jr calls it; have a coke at a cinema complex, attempt to take pictures of Tokyo tower in the dark without a tripod and decide to go back to the apartment before the metro stops running.


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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #99 on: June 22, 2016, 04:31:29 PM »
Thanks for the continuation!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #100 on: June 22, 2016, 04:40:38 PM »
i missed your style! thanks for the installment.
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #101 on: June 22, 2016, 04:42:32 PM »
Thanks for the continuation!
i missed your style! thanks for the installment.
thanks, looking forward your observations from the land of Marco Polo
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #102 on: June 22, 2016, 04:54:24 PM »
Roppongi Hills:










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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #103 on: June 22, 2016, 05:10:36 PM »
Sunday morning, yours truly cooks up a sumptuous breakfast, after which the youngsters announce that they had enough of oatmeal for the rest of the trip. Well, no problem, we will be onto menu option #2: boiled eggs.

Oatmeal in Tokyo:


Boiled eggs in Kobe:
breakfast feast in Kobe, Japan

for the halachik minded - the egg isn't hot at this point

Smoked fish in Kyoto

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #104 on: June 22, 2016, 05:52:20 PM »
Saving this for tonight.
But thanks shwarmabob.
Each new segment is awesome