September 6th, 2008


118. A'precio may appreciate reservations...

Well, I made it to Hiroshima, and I got to Temples 87 and 86 on the way. I saw a bit of Takamatsu and a teeny bit of Okayama as well.

I'm at what is possibly the best cybercafe I've yet seen. Unfortunately, all of the cubicles are booked for the night, so I can't really sleep here. I bought an hour here in the gaming room so that I could orient myself and find the other cybercafe. I've still got almost thirty minutes left, so there's time for another ice cream, and then perhaps a coffee.

If I'd known it'd be packed, I would have booked it straight here after Temple 86 instead of taking the long layover to see Takamatsu. This place offers a 12 hour package - and a 9 hour instead of the usual 8 - and the night rates kick in at 9:00pm. Where were you in Tokyo?! So I'd still reccomend this place (A'precio), but come early.

119. GIGA

The other cybercafe, GIGA, turned out to be more than a mirage. It's basic compared to A'precio, but it will suffice. It's already better than the Tokyo one in that there's actually enough room in the cubicles to recline the recliners in, and I can move around without falling over or stepping on my things.

I think I will stay in the business hotel next to the train station tomorrow night. It's a minor splurge, but that's why we have MasterCard - charging it to my Canadian accounts makes it seem like I'm still staying on budget in Japan. =) I'll make a reservation tomorrow before I start exploring. Heck, maybe they'll take my clothing bag for me, too, so I don't have to bother with a coin locker.

OK, now to brush my teeth and get some shut-eye.

HA-HA I'm in cublicle 85... how fitting, it's like a stand-in for Temple 85, which would have been next if I'd had time.
long beard

121. Saturday Night in Hiroshima

I came back to A'precio after all - the hotel next to the train station was booked up (even as of this morning). I didn't get up here and book until after 9:30, but there were still a few cubicles left.

Today I visited the peace memorials, including the exhibition hall and the musuem. I will have a lot to write about later - suffice it to say that it's apt to call Hiroshima a mini-Holocaust. After seeing everything, it seems utterly inhumane that we would even have nuclear weapons.

I also got down to Miyajima, which was more tourist-trappy than Mount Koya and less charming, but it was still worth the trip. They built this big torii out on the mud flats and when the tide comes in it looks like it's floating. It's photogenic, but calling it one of the "top three views of Japan" is a bit of a stretch. I could probably find you three better ones in Tokushima Prefecture. Maybe they wouldn't be so iconic, though - I grant that.

I'm going to try having a shower, and then I'm going to rejig my trip back. I still want to be on the first train out of here tomorrow morning (around 6:30), but I don't want to be going back and then forth across Kagawa, even if it is the smallest prefecture (it's about the same size as Prince County). I'll be happy with doing just one or two temples and getting home in the early evening.

The recliners here are the max. And this place provides blankets. I think I'll have a good night's sleep after all.

Edit: ARGH - The showers have to be reserved. Right now there's a six hour wait - a shower door was unlocked just now, and with my things in hand I very nearly just hopped in, and it was a very good thing I didn't: that was the women's shower. ("AIEE! THERE'S AN OUTSIDE-OF-JAPAN MAN IN THE SHOWER!" "Calm down, calm down. Does he have a reservation?") I guess I'll just have to be smelly for one more day. Bummer.