Sunday, October 19, 2008

No Bikes Allowed on the Bridge to Hakkeijima

Papa and Ju at Sea Paradise - 17

I tried the hilly, hilly East route again this weekend, and made it all the way to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, which is an awesome place to take the family. The trip was about 45 km, and I dragged the Nikon D90 in my quite-rugged Speed Freak waist pack from Think Tank Photo, and took a few shots of the bridges in that area with a wide angle lens.

When I tried to cross the main bridge to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, thinking I'd get some lunch there, I was greeted with a blasted announcement aimed right at me. "No Bicycles Allowed in Hakkeijima Sea Paradise. Please use the bicycle parking lot behind you on the left." Actually it was more like "NO BICYCLES ALLOWED!" And of course it was in Japanese. I was so surprised by the volume I nearly fell off! (It was definitely cranked to 11) So much for lunch at Hakkeijima. I got a lot of evil stares (like Ultraman), and then some laughs because I understood the warning fully, and that it was aimed at this helmet-wearing, waist-pack toting white-boy gaijin, but at least I did not get fined 98.00 bucks for my 6 feet.


sand said...

It's funny when I think of the scene that you were warmed :-)
I like Hakkeijima Sea Paradise very much. It's a nice place!
(I didn't know it's possible to take a blogger site into a personal web site.)

Rick Cogley said...

Hi S! It was rather shocking, the timing of it. The second I got on the bridge, this HUGE blast from some speakers somewhere greeted me. People were staring, lol.

On the blogger-in-personal-site, yes, you can. I use a program called RapidWeaver to build my site, and a plugin for it called RapidBlog at . It grabs the blogger content via the Blogger API, and puts it in the pages on the site. It's pretty cool, how it works.