Suminoe Ku

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    • Day 3

      Sound messe!

      May 13 in Japan ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Sound Messe starts today at 11 so we had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before we headed over. There was already a line waiting to get in and the doors don’t open for another hour or so. Apart from huge displays of instruments they have a lot of performers here for this event.
      The language barrier is a little challenging for us but we manage with hand signs, google translate and the odd helpful stranger who translates for us when we’re desperate.
      It was a busy day with lots of interest but the competition is pretty fierce.
      It’s been raining most of the afternoon so when the show finished we had a wander through the shopping centre next door to get an umbrella and watch a Beatles tribute show in one of the restaurants there. A four girl band three with guitars and a drummer. They where very good. Graham and I got up and danced for the last song and got a round of applause from the performers and the crowd. 😂

      Set off looking for where we could get a drink as this restaurant only had soft drinks and ran into the performers again. More sign language and a bit of confusion and we got some directions to a restaurant up on the next floor.
      There was a line to get in and we recognised a few people from the guitar show. All the seats where full and one young girl who seemed to be in charge of either the staff or the customers I wasn’t sure which got everyone at one table to get up so we could sit down.
      After about five minutes of us inviting them to join us at this big table they finally relented and some of them sat down with us again.
      Half the restaurant seemed to be from the guitar show, the next table had just had a dozens beers delivered, which they insisted we have a couple of.
      Suzi who seemed to be their boss introduced them all. They all work at a guitar shop here in Japan. Another couple of Luthiers we’d seen at the show came in and same thing Suzi shooed some of the boys out of the booth to make room.
      Then the food started arriving, more and more and more and more beers. It was a fun night with delicious food and some good company.

      The second day of Sound Messe was a repeat of the first. Lots of players and interest. No sales for us this year but there weren’t really for anyone except a couple of Luthiers who sold their guitars to a dealer of a music shop, for a very discounted price.
      We got everything packed up fairly quickly and ended our night at O’s Kitakan with another great meal of Beer, Sashimi, Kobe beef, Karaage Chicken, Sake and Sweet Potato ice cream.
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      Traveler  Shame there were no sales for you but it sounds like you had a great time anyway.

      Traveler  Sounds like a good time anyway even without a sale. Good to be VIP’s.

    • Day 2

      Tokyo to Osaka

      May 12 in Japan ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

      Today the plan is to get the Shinkansen to Osaka but first we need to trade our rail pass voucher for an actual ticket. Luckily we are staying right across the road from Shinagawa Station. After hunting down a coffee and a false start at the wrong ticket office we were at the front of the line ready when they opened at 9.00am. Not a minute before or a minute after, right on 9.am 😀. The queue was way out the door by the time they did open, the rail pass is such a good deal I think nearly every tourist buys it.

      OMG I feel like we’ve just finished the great pilgrimage. The trip on the bullet train went smoothly enough, 2 and 1/2 hours and we were in Osaka. OMG the trip over to Osaka Bay was endless. 3 train changes up and down escalators, into and out of lifts, all with way too many things to wrangle. One of the suitcases failed at almost the final step poor thing, I know how it felt, we both feel like we’ve been through the wringer.

      Once we’d checked in and had a much needed break we got a taxi over to The ATC Hall where the Osaka Guitar show is. The taxi driver thought we were nuts because the Hall is literally about 500 meters away, but getting there requires walking up over a road overpass and we weren’t lugging those instruments up any more stairs. It’s looks like it will be a huge show with lots of exhibitors. There certainly is some stiff competition there.

      Unfettered now we headed back into Dotonbori for dinner. So many bars and restaurants around it’s hard to pick one. We found a little laneway away from the main st which lead to a pretty little shrine and then on to another laneway with more intimate restaurants and bars. One of them had a grill behind the counter with plenty of options to barbecue.

      It’s quite entertaining sitting at the bar watching someone cook your dinner. Only a young chef but he had all the moves down pat.
      We had grilled shrimps, scallops, quail eggs,chicken gizzards, bacon wrapped asparagus, some mystery balls and red sausage which I was sure was just a cheerio 😃
      A stop off into a Sake Bar on the way home and we were done for the day.
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      Traveler  Sounds like you needed that sake!

      Traveler  The worst part is over hopefully and now you can enjoy the rest. Hope you get a good nights sleep after that sake!

      Traveler  You made it! Hope the guitars got there in one piece. Have fun!

    • Day 64

      Osaka 4

      April 1, 2019 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      Nachdem ich meine Füße an den letzten beiden Tagen ziemlich maltretiert habe, ging es heute etwas ruhiger zu. Außerdem wollte ich es ausnutzen, dass ich das 4er-Zimmer für mich alleine hatte, heißt ich habe heute erstmal schön ausgeschlafen und mir dann in aller Ruhe etwas zum Frühstück gekocht. Anschließend stand Wäsche waschen auf dem Plan.
      Also ich bewundere ja die Menschen, die vor 15 oder 20 Jahren durch die Welt gereist sind und es noch nicht für alles eine App oder ein Youtube-Video gab. Ohne Anleitung wäre ich mit der Waschmaschine und dem Trockner wahrscheinlich nicht klar gekommen. 😅
      Gegen 13 Uhr bin ich dann doch losgelaufen, um mir mal das Stadtviertel etwas näher anzuschauen, in dem sich mein Hostel befindet. Aufgrund der Wohnhäuser und der Neubaublöcke vermute ich, dass es früher ein typisches Arbeiterviertel war. Es gibt hier auch immer noch viele kleine Betriebe und Werkstätten.
      Schön finde ich, dass es hier überall kleine und größere Parks gibt, die teilweise sehr schön gestaltet sind.
      In Osaka scheinen in nächster Zeit Bürgermeister- oder Stadtratswahlen anzustehen, denn es wird sehr intensiv Wahlkampf betrieben, sogar auf dem Fahrrad kamen sie heute angeradelt.
      Das Fahrrad ist hier übrigens, was der Motorroller in Südostasien war. Es gibt Radfahrer über Radfahrer. So kommt man aber auch wirklich am schnellsten voran in dieser Stadt.
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    • Day 5

      Sound Messe

      May 11, 2019 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Sound Messe, the reason for coming to Japan. Two intensive days of guitars displaying, playing, talking. The language barrier makes it all very interesting to say the least. Such a huge display of instruments, lots of retail stores, commercial booths, whole room full of electric guitars and a quite a large section of handmade instruments. Some amazing quality instruments here from all over the world.Read more

      Traveler  Lloyd Spegiel.


      Traveler  He’s in his element!


      Traveler  I bet Graham was in his element!

    • Day 17

      Leaving Osaka for Toyo by Ferry

      July 18, 2017 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We purchased us some dinner from the 7eleven convenience store beside the metro and head out from the Universal studios to the ferry terminal.

      We booked ourselves an 8 bed dorm to get a little privacy instead of a 20 bed / futon sleeping room for as low as about 30 Euro per person. As it turned out the ferry was pretty empty and so we had the 8 bed dorm for ourselves. :)Read more

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