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Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:11 am
by spongey
What a great start to a truly memorable couple of weeks Cokes.

I can't wait to relive it through the upcoming updates.

First class photos and commentary mate and I have to admit hitting those few dark rides
here yesterday was not the same without your girlish shrieks :)

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:48 am
by SharkTums
Great TR! When are we going back!??! Oh yeah, in six months!!!!

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:32 am
by DenDen
I am curious to know whether the pink triangles on the red light district buildings denoted "gay"? In LGBT history, upside-down pink triangle tattoos were used in Nazi Germany to identify gays and lesbians. The symbol isn't used as much as it was in the 90's as an equality pride/struggle symbol.

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:56 pm
by RoCo
spongey wrote:First class photos and commentary mate and I have to admit hitting those few dark rides
here yesterday was not the same without your girlish shrieks :)


Thanks, man! I'll be working on those shrieks for when I we hit that fair together, some day soon, I hope. ;)

SharkTums wrote:Great TR! When are we going back!??! Oh yeah, in six months!!!!


You're killing me. KILLING ME. ;) (But have an AWESOME TIME!)

DenDen wrote:I am curious to know whether the pink triangles on the red light district buildings denoted "gay"? In LGBT history, upside-down pink triangle tattoos were used in Nazi Germany to identify gays and lesbians. The symbol isn't used as much as it was in the 90's as an equality pride/struggle symbol.


Very interesting question, and I have no idea! Good catch and I hope someone else can answer this question; now I'm curious, too.

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:05 pm
by Nrthwnd
SharkTums wrote:Great TR! When are we going back!??! Oh yeah, in six months!!!!


Well, Scandinavia still awaits. :airtime:

And Japan visits are starting to come up, practically yearly now.

;)

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:31 pm
by John_RN
Totally excellent TR!! I loved reading about your excitement at your first visit to Japan. I hope to make my first visit with TPR in 2015. It's been a plave I've wanted to visit since I was little and watched the Gamera movies, especially with the Mystery Science Theater treatment! Cannot wait to read more on your trip!

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:11 pm
by Xcoaster
RoCo wrote:
DenDen wrote:I am curious to know whether the pink triangles on the red light district buildings denoted "gay"? In LGBT history, upside-down pink triangle tattoos were used in Nazi Germany to identify gays and lesbians. The symbol isn't used as much as it was in the 90's as an equality pride/struggle symbol.


Very interesting question, and I have no idea! Good catch and I hope someone else can answer this question; now I'm curious, too.

The upside down triangles indicate windows that can be used for fire escapes, that way the fire department knows where to aim their ladders. Quite a few buildings have them. But yeah, when I first saw them I also thought they indicated the building's sexual preference :lmao:

Great TR so far! It's good to see that you got to experience plenty of culture in addition to coasters. Looking forward to more!

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:20 pm
by RoCo
John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" is one of my favorite movies, of any kind. I think it's the scariest movie I've ever seen, and I've seen hundreds of scary movies. Maybe the original "Alien" is just as scary, to be fair. They are both masterpieces of sci-fi horror; we can all agree on that, yes? Anyway, one of my best friend's nieces loves scary movies and this best friend and I both urged her, frequently, to see "The Thing:" the dog transformation scene; the "blood test" scene; Kurt Russell owning it all over the place; best practical horror effects EVER; best sci-fi horror movie ending EVER; and on and on and on.

She finally watched it and was thoroughly – and I mean thoroughly – unimpressed. "Lame," she called it. Lame. I'm still trying to figure that out. Did we oversell it? I guess so, but to this day, I don't see how that's possible. A dude's head turns into a spider!

Anyway. If anything was ever at risk of being oversold to me, it was Intamin Mega-Lites. Theme Park Review is filled with testimonials to their brilliantly compact, twisted layouts, their diabolical airtime, their ability to cure erectile dysfunction, yada, yada, blah, blah. For years, we've been hearing this kind of thing, over and over, am I right?

Well, get ready to hear it some more.

Part Two: Tobu Zoo with an Aqua Stadium chaser

Before the official start of the trip, there were three "add-on" days, and Tuesday marked the first official day of the add-on portion. Most everyone who would be on the trip proper had elected this "super size me!" bonus pack, which I had initially thought I'd exclude. Thank god I changed my mind, because Kawasemi and Harikata and a BUNCH of other stuff. Moral of the story: if you are presented with the option for more Japan, and can afford it, you choose more Japan. Always.

So when I went downstairs that morning for the buffet breakfast (again, so much and so good), there was a nice, big crowd of TPR folks meeting and chatting it up.

Another thing about TPR trips I'm sure you've already gleaned from previous reports, and/or first-hand experience: the people who go on these trips are just the kind of people you'd want on these trips: people who love parks and coasters, who love to travel, who love to have a good time. These are my kind of people. (And they were from all over the world, which was mega-awesome.)

Breakfast out of the way, we gathered in the hotel lobby, lots more excited chatter, Robb and Elissa greeted everyone, handed out the TPR tote bags filled with helpful supplies and snacks and goodies, holy crap, this is really happening, after all the months of dreaming, of planning, of desperate waiting: GAME ON.

Here's how you get to Tobu Zoo from Tokyo: make sure you are traveling with TPR and do exactly what Elissa tells you to do. See how easy that is?

Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:42 pm
by RoCo
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Re: A TPR Japan 2013 Trip Report

PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:56 pm
by RoCo
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