Apr 182002
 

Just a quick post. I’m leaving Kanazawa today for somewhere else. Not sure where yet, either Kyoto, Osaka or a little place about halfway between there and here called Hikone (not to be confused with Hakone, just outside of Tokyo.) I’ve got a really nasty throat bug at the moment. I’ve got some Japanses cough drugs, which I bought from a chemist, who had no English. It’s been fun trying to communicate with someone who has only sukoshi (a little) English.

I was going to go to Nagoya, but my friends there haven’t got back to me, so Hikone might be a good half way point to give them another 24 hours to decide. Althought I don’t think I will be able to check my email there. Hmmm, might be interesting.

Other then that, I’ll probably do my postcards from Kyoto, so they’ll go out in the next week or so. I’ve got postal addresses for quite a few of you out there, but if you’d like a real old fashioned piece of snail mail, send me your address and I’ll see what I can do. (It also means you have to send me an email, which would be good :-)

Last night I did some clothes washing. I used the washing machine at the Youth Hostel. It was outside, under cover. You put your clothes in, powder in and 200 yen. It goes, and it stops 32 minutes later. The dryer was 100 yen for 14 minutes, I’ve no idea why it was 14 minutes. I didn’t get everything really, really dry. I was hoping I could work out how to use the airconditioner in my room to finish them off, but I think the heating part of it didn’t work. The thing that was weird about it was that I was staying in the Red LIght district. Now, in Sydney if I had used this washing machine (assuming it worked, as someone would have broken it to get the money out) the clothes would have been stolen from it within 30 seconds of me leaving it unattended. My even all my socks matched afterwards. Here, a crime wave is a pickpocket or similar.

Banks here are really different. No popup screens, or queues. You take your stuff in, hand it to a teller and go and sit down. They process it, and call you when it’s finsihed or you need to do something. I think it works better than Australia because the junior people can do the easy stuff and the senior can do the more complex things as demand requires. But they have this cool machine for getting change, you put your notes and coins in (yen, of course) and it counts it and give you a display asking what sort of change you want, and then spits it out. Very efficient, very cool. Wish we had them, it’s make somethings so much quicker at the bank. This way they just give you a slab of cash, and you work out what you want it changed into.

Have to go, need to get some lunch, and catch a train.