Chakun took me to play Pachinko on a rainy day. It was my first time gambling in my life. I lost everything.
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The city of Suwa is a very popular destination to watch fireworks during the Hanabi (Japanese fireworks) season. Since the fireworks are launched from Lake Suwa locals and Tourists reserve their spots along the shore well before the launch. The festival is held the middle of August and is one of the largest display in Japan.
Fortunately, Japanese Airports and train stations have a more than decent use of English which allows the weary traveller a seamless transit. However, the use of English is Japan goes beyond the practical and is often seen in a fashionable manner. It is therefore surprisingly easy to know what is being sold in the stores and shopping centres. Sometimes, It may take a long while, if not forever, to understand the meaning, some examples are: “Become heated paradise” and “dream song into my world”. Whether they are funny or informative, English signs in Japan will prove valuable, especially to know where to go shopping, and provide an occasional good laugh!
Mitsuko wanted to cook some fresh rice for our last meal, so we got some rice bags from the latest crop and went to the rice mill. The rice mill is a do-it-yourself automatic facility where you simply put some money to start the machine and select your preferred setting from highly refined (white rice) to coarser (brown rice). You put the rice with the shells on one side and it comes out as white rice on the other. Fresh rice tastes so good!