Safety notice on the train from Narita Airport:
Don't let your panda get stuck in the doors:
Downtown Tokyo in pissing rain:
On a commuter train at rush hour; fortunately, I stood head and shoulders above nearly everyone else, so while my lower three-quarters were packed in tightly, my top quarter was in air conditioned splendour above the melee:
Tokyo commuter lines map - where to begin?
Down at the waterfront:
Tokyo by night:
A wax model of German cuisine:
My dinner - mmmmm!
The morning after:
Luncheon options for the Shinkansen, again exquisitely modelled in wax:
Onboard a Shinkansen:
Luncheon bento box:
Whizzing past Mount Fuji, en route to Kobe:
At the end of the journey, all the seats get turned around so that everyone faces the direction of travel:
Shinkansen at Shin-Kobe station:
Kobe Art Deco:
The harbour front:
Earthquake memorial - Mother Nature does deconstructivism:
A car boot sale - irresistible:
Things you may not do in Kobe:
Locally-built Maersk freighter and Kansai Kisen ferry models in the Maritime Museum:
Kawasaki Good Times World - bliss was it:
'Good morning, this is a Sakura Super-Express bound for...'
Model railway with cab-cam so that you can see the driver's eye view of your own model train:
Kawasaki robot which eats noodles - their best ever invention, I think:
Some Kobe signs:
Luncheon in a restaurant where you had to place your food order at a machine - with signs only in Japanese. Oh, calamity!
Luncheon as delivered, looking reasonably similar to its depiction in the picture (two images up):
Striated flea market and junk shops beneath the railway arches - this proved a rich source of vintage shipping photographs, launch brochures etc:
Some psychedelic murals:
Kobe Port Tower:
Kobe by night:
The dinner venue:
More to follow soon - watch out!