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Let's try to keep the thread on the topic of the China and Japan trip. I'm pretty sure we have a "favorite fast food" thread in the random forum if you want to keep the discussion going.

 

Anyway, we just posted photos from Lina World (Lima Bean World) to our FaceBook page. www.facebook.com/robbalvey

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Are you kidding me southern californians? In my opinion, In-n-out beats all.

 

More of a Five Guys man, myself. But Carl's Western Bacon Cheeseburger is pretty durn good.

 

Please just one more comment...I can`t resist.

 

I am more of a "five guys" man too Chuck!!!

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This portion of our Asia 2009 trip is mostly Northern Japan. Kind of a "recon mission" to scope out some parks before potentially doing a trip!

 

While this Japan portion started out as much more of a "credit whore" trip, all of the parks so far have been great!!!

 

Check out the photos...

 

This is the most awesome train station in Tokyo. Why? It has a McDonalds and an Intamin looping coaster nearby!

 

There are so many trains! Where do we go?

 

Yamanote Line of course!

 

Welcome to Tokyo rush hour!

 

Can you pick out the Westerner in this photo? I sure can't. Miles seems to blend right in.

 

Welcome to Shibuya! Home to the largest crossing in Tokyo and....

 

...our favorite Yakatori bar!

 

This stuff is f**king amazing!!!

 

"Which part do I eat first?"

 

A real "man" would not consider this to be "chugging"...

 

THIS is chugging!

 

We could eat here all week long! (and we probably will).

 

This place is freaking awesome! (and remember it's just across the street from the Disney Store in Shibuya!)

 

Time to start our day of credit whiting across Japan!

 

There are going to be a LOT of bullet trains on this trip!

 

Mickey Mouse Sushi anyone? (this really is the most awesome thing ever!)

 

What exactly is this ad selling???

 

Crashed out on the bullet train! We will be arriving at our first park soon!

 

We have arrived at our first Japanese credit whore park - Lina World! (aka Lima Bean World)

 

It's cute!

 

Welcome to Lima Bean World!

 

First credit of the trip!

 

Jetcorster?

 

All of the coasters here are purple and yellow!

 

It's Box Coaster The Ride.

 

Yes!!! Bonus random dark ride!!

 

Every park in Japan seems to have a Hello Kitty land.

 

Back in the taxi. Time for the next park!

 

We picked up some babes at the train station.

 

I'm not sure what this is, but it makes me nervous.

 

Another train to another park...

 

"No Chuck! Don't press that button!!!"

 

The train station wa pretty much in the middle of nowhere, Japan.

 

Hooray for local taxis!

 

Next stop...Sendai Hiland!

 

Sendai Hiland is home to one of the most intense shuttle loops ever! OMG this coaster was insane!!!

 

Are you all ready to pull about 40 Gs?

 

This ride was completely awesome!

 

They also had a pretty cool little mouse coaster.

 

Even KidTums got the credit!

 

The "blue coaster" also had some wicked airtime hills that took us by surprise.

 

Lick it boys!

 

Japanese Mexican food!!!

 

Our last park of the day. Beneyland!

 

It's nice looking!

 

We found Gemini/Excalibur's long lost brother!!!

 

Then we encountered another "coaster box the ride!"

 

The bathroom privacy policy leaves something to be desired.

 

GIANT. A$$. PANDA!!!

 

Yay! An Arrow Corkscrew and it didn't kill us!

 

The park kind of looks like this.

 

Another bullet train!

 

Today was a great day! Now back to Tokyo for a great night!

 

Remember! For live updates, add us as a friend on FaceBook:

http://www.facebook.com/robbalvey

 

--Robb

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More Japan awesomeness!

 

Next day - up way too early in the morning. KidTums has the right idea.

 

I come prepared for the bullet trains!

 

Mickey Mouse sushi anyone?

 

In Japan Coca Cola is refreshing and uplifting! (make note Bryan and Adam!)

 

We made it to our first park today! Koriyama Dreamland!

 

OMG! The coaster...it's ... It's... "cute!"

 

And it's decent too! This ride had "wierd" airtime on it.

 

It's cute!!!

 

Too much fun with the capsule machines.

 

Blue us for boys potty.

 

There is some scary Japanese cosplay going on!

 

I'm not sure what this is but it makes me nervous!

 

Park conquered! Back on the bullet train to the next park!

 

KidTums is playing with her toy Jeff Johnson.

 

On our way to another credit!

 

Ok this place looks a bit sketchy.

 

"Poke you in the eye Godzilla!!!"

 

OMG!!! Yet again! The coaster....it's CUTE!

 

Yay for more cute Japanese coasters!

 

KidTums got the cute coaster credit!

 

Dumbo looks like he was out on an all night bender!

 

I am SURE this Mickey ride is an official Disney product.

 

I'm not exactly sure what this shop was selling and I'm not sure I want to find out.

 

We should make a quick lunch stop before heading to the train station.

 

Kristen has a science to how she eats her fries. I wonder where she gets that from?

 

Vie de France? I hear they have fantasic bread bowls that you can put clam chowder in.

 

I usually LOVE the bizarre Fanta flavors but diet bubble gum cider was NASTY!!!

 

The final park of the day, Tochinoki Family Land was a ten minute walk from the station.

 

They had a great "Jet Coaster" here also!

 

"Watch out for some surprise airtime on some of those hills'l

 

KidTums is learning to drive!

 

And she's also learning to fly!

 

Another great little fun park! What was originally a "credit whore" trip has resulted in some hidden gems!

 

We had about a one mile walk between two train stations. This resulted in some "interesting" photos.

 

I'm CRAZZZZZYYYYY CREPE'S!!!! Gimme some Nutella.

 

I'm not sure what this is, but it makes me quiver an abnormal amount!

 

Go! Go! Power Rangers!!!

 

WHAT. THE. PHUUUUQUE!!!

 

Karaoke bar! Score!!!

 

Hamburger capsule machine! Yummm!

 

We didn't have time to go check this out, but I'm sure it's amazing!

 

Culture credit!!! Cha-ching!!!

 

Aww...poor sick Giant A$$ Pandas.

 

We are soooo there!

 

"Please don't kill me! Just take my wallet! Here!!!"

 

Where is Hot Fuzz Rich when you need him?

 

I spy a WEENIE!!!

 

Yay! We made it to the station.

 

Where are you, Bob?

 

Yay! Double Decker bullet trains! Mmmmm... Double Deckers...

 

Crashed out!!!

 

Another Yakitori bar credit!!!

 

This one wasn't quite as good as the yakitori bar in Shibuya but it had some interesting things on the menu...

 

"Yup I'm totally eating chicken beak!"

 

Chicken Testicles or Anal Beads...you decide!

 

Remember! For live updates, add us as a friend on FaceBook:

http://www.facebook.com/robbalvey

(We have just posted a bunch of photos from Tokyo Disney!)

 

--Robb

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You know, I always really dig the randomness and fun of Japan. Things like the burger capsule machine, etc, are just cool. And you can definitely see the Robb and Elyssa's personality traits in KT by her expressions.

 

Kristen has a science to how she eats her fries. I wonder where she gets that from?

Did I ever get a laugh out of that! Thanks for another entertaining update!

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DOINK! Eat your heart out Megalon! ;)

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^Do you think Robb really wants/needs to be corrected about that?

 

or

 

Do you think Robb will be ticked off that someone is pointing out a minor inaccuracy after he stays up all hours of the night to provide TPR members content as quickly as possible?

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^Do you think Robb really wants/needs to be corrected about that?

 

or

 

Do you think Robb will be ticked off that someone is pointing out a minor inaccuracy after he stays up all hours of the night to provide TPR members content as quickly as possible?

 

The creator of the Hoodie series can correct me on anything he wants to! Because I worship him.

 

Seriously though Jeremy, thanks for posting that. I knew it wasn't Power Rangers and I couldn't for the life of me remember the name of the actual show. (also figured people would get the PR joke better anyway)

 

I'm pretty sure a friend of mine worked on the Super Famicom version of the show which is the only exposure I've really had to it.

 

But the characters are all over the Japan parks.

 

--Robb

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