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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:38 pm

Yep--still more from Greenland. But there will be beer later. (Well, there's beer now. I'm drinking a Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA as I write this.)
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Jolie would like to point out the incredibly comfy padding provided on Torokko Coaster.
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This coaster uses a conveyor belt instead of a chain as a lift. Why? Well, why not? This is Japan.
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That extra seat padding comes in handy when the ride makes a sudden stop at the end.
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"I blew my audition to be a kaiju in 'Pacific Rim,' so I had to stick with my Greenland gig. Oh well--that's show business."
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Here's a game I've never seen before. You stick your hand in among the flying origami to pick your prize. (I hope there aren't any carnivorous bees in there.)
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And, yes, you can win this gun!
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Are you prepared for terror?
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My god! Bare light bulbs are horrifying!
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What happens when you decline the higher-priced facial treatment at a hotel spa. You have been warned.
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"Have you been helped . . . IN HELL?"
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Dave and Jon will never be the same again. (But is that a bad thing--really?)
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Hmm--I think this machine actually punches you in the face if you lose.
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Diabetic Dan defies death!
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Where else can you win an angry plush turd?
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That's OK, Dave. Don't let the fact that 50,000 volts of electricity are flowing through those bars make you nervous. People have been char-broiled alive before you.
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I think this might be a haunted walk-through attraction. Just a hunch.
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"Hey, you guys got any wasabi peanuts? I love those things."
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Squiggles + black light = horror.
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"Open the door for your Mystery Date!"
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If this picture was in 3D, it would poke your eye out!
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It's too late for me! Run! Save yourselves!
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What? They have a huge Ferris wheel here? How unusual.
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Hmm--that does not inspire confidence.
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Here's the lower section of the park.
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In the background, the city. In the foreground, pain.
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Go On just keeps a'goin' on. Just like Old Man River.
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You know, this is usually the smoothest part of a loopscrew. But it really doesn't make much difference in this one.
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Wani Wani Coaster as seen from the air.
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That's enough of the Ferris wheel--it's time to shoot tennis balls at monsters! (It's actually included with your ride wristband.)
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Yeah, everybody had to try this.
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This might be the cutest trash can in Japan.
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I dare not let Angry Mushroom out of his capsule yet. I doubt that the world is ready.
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Aw-w-w-w . . . looks like someone had a little too much fun at Greenland.
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Yep--an enjoyable, if exhausting day.
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Oh, those wacky Japanese! Next stop, the Sapporo Beer Museum.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:15 pm

We had some free time in Sapporo after we returned from Hokkaido Greenland. So, people went off to explore the city. I set off with Jon, Dave, and Dan on the roughly eight-block walk to the Sapporo Beer Museum, which is (appropriately enough) part of the Sapporo Brewery Complex.

I've never been fond of Japanese beer, but my only experience with it previously was Asahi and Kirin (pretty weak stuff). But Sapporo beer is actually pretty good--particularly their darker brews. The museum and tasting room were fun, but the best part was hitting the Sapporo Bier Garten, or the "All you can eat and drink in 100 minutes" restaurant. God, this place was great! Each table has its own grill, where we cooked our own lamb and vegetables (their "Genghis Khan" sauce is very good), while they kept the beer coming. You can even get an Oktoberfest-sized mug if you want.

Yes, much lamb was eaten, and much beer was drunk. A lot of TPR members ended up there. Shocking, I know. ;)

Shall we indulge?
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OK, which way to the Sapporo Brewery?
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Unless I miss my guess, that's the place.
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Confirmed. We turn left.
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Woo hoo!
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Yes, I'll definitely buy beer from her.
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This is used to make beer. I guess.
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Before the Japanese could brew their own beer, they had to perfect their mutton-chop-whisker technology.
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In Japan, all beer is brewed by beer elves.
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Giant hop plants grow into the sky in Japan.
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Dave's cultured British nose can sniff out beer elves no matter where they may hide.
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Before commercials with women in bikinis, pot-bellied men were used to sell beer.
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Beer takes a bow at the Sapporo Brewery.
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"Space barley" actually comes from space. I think it's from the same planet as the Japanese beer elves.
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Anyone for a flight of brew?
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Be careful not to overdo it.
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The Japanese like corn and chocolate; ergo, why not combine them?
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OK, who's ready for 100 minutes of beer and food?
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Bears like beers, too.
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This restaurant is Jon approved.
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Yep--works for me, too.
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Now that's one freakin' big mug of brew.
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Yes, the Sapporo Bier Garten is TPR approved.
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Before devastation.
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After devastation.
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Time to stagger back to the hotel.
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We made it back to the hotel without incident . . .
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. . . except for some random hallucinations. That's all for now.
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:07 pm

What happened at the Sapporo Bier Garten again? There were drinks...and some food. Apparently, we somehow made it to the train station beer garden and somehow back to the hotel after.

Oh, all hail "Genhghis Khan"...

Such a great night!

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:53 pm

^ This is where you all ended up...

=)
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Don't know where Chuck was. <g> I see you Jason...
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:55 pm

^I never hit the "bier garten" in front of the train station--probably went to bed early that night. ;)

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:57 pm

^ We 'passed through it' on the way back to the hotel.
They were all drunk. No question about it.... :wink:
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Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:34 pm

Great update. I'd love to do the things you guys did, not so much for the beer (call me crazy, or not old enough yet...) but everything else seemed wonderful. Yard Sale: The Ride seems like something I should place on my bucketlist right away.

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:18 am

Nrthwnd wrote:^ We 'passed through it' on the way back to the hotel.
They were all drunk. No question about it.... :wink:


Drunk? Surely, you jest. ;)

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Mon Aug 12, 2013 10:08 am

I wasznt as think as you drunk i am!

Re: Photo TR: Chuck Finally Returns to Japan with TPR

Mon Aug 12, 2013 4:19 pm

cfc wrote:
Nrthwnd wrote:^ We 'passed through it' on the way back to the hotel.
They were all drunk. No question about it.... :wink:


Drunk? Surely, you jest. ;)


They were all...happy.

Fixed. :wink:
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