When there is zero time between trains, what can you do for dinner? This was the question Reiko and I had as we arrived in Hakata Station, utterly exhausted from all the travel our trip entailed. We knew there would be another three hours ahead of us as we rode the Shinkansen back to Nagoya so going without was not an option. Like many other travellers in a similar predicament, we found a convenience store at the train station and picked up some supplies.
One of the many things that I wanted to do while Reiko and I visit Kyushu is eat a Sasebo Burger, and eat a burger we did! While visiting the local aquarium we found a number of burger shops that were offering this local behemoth. To be quite honest, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to finish the fries that came with the burger ... but I pushed everything down to make sure I had the full Sasebo experience.
Reiko and I both enjoy visiting aquariums. They're a relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon and have a sentimental feeling to them as well1. Today we made our way to the 九十九島水族館 (Kujukushima Aquarium) and enjoyed some of what the park had to offer … including the legendary Sasebo Burgers. The aquarium itself was nowhere near the size or splendour of the Nagoya or Osaka aquariums, but there was plenty to see and enjoy.
Day two of our trip to Kyushu, and there's no sign of the fun letting up. Today we went to a European-styled theme park nestled in the woods between Sasebo and Nagasaki to enjoy the atmosphere, see one of the past places Conan had visited, and otherwise have fun in a far, far away place. And have fun we did!
What a day. The Mrs and I must have walked a good 7 km around the city while collecting clues for this year's Detective Conan Mystery Tour, looking for places to eat, and otherwise going in circles like tourists usually do. All in all, this might just be one of our best vacations yet, and there are still two days to go!
We're currently making our way through Saga prefecture on the Kamome train. The endless fields of lush rice is a stark difference to the more urban areas of the country, where any bit of green is either artificial or too-carefully planned. Saga is definitely one of the bigger agricultural centres in the country, and the people here are lucky to see the horizon so easily.
The next few blog posts will probably sound a bit childish, like a n00b coming to Japan for the first time, but the Shinkansen is now pulling out of Nagoya Station and we're on our way to Nagasaki. I haven't looked forward to anything like this in quite a while. It'll be good to get out of the work/sleep/pay bills routine for a few days.
In just a few hours the wife and I will make our way to Nagasaki, our first real vacation in at least three years. Both of us have been looking forward to this for weeks, and now we're less than 12 hours away.
A German court has recently ruled that banks are not liable for any losses a person may experience if they fall prey to phishing, which will likely set a precedent around the world as more and more people lose money due to poorly decisions. Personally, I think this is an excellent move on the part of the courts and should the the status quo anywhere else people might bring the case to a court of law. Why should banks be liable for things beyond their control?