Mum & (old) Rolling Stocks…

Sorry for deserting the blog yet again for a long time. After mum had returned to Japan, I had a few knitting projects to go through as well as getting my fitness level back for the coming hockey season and, therefore, my plate had been laden rather heavily. However, I kept my journal during the absence and I would like to share it instead of writing a bland new blog post.

10th October
We were off to London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Had known about this museum for ages but never had an opportunity or excuse to visit. So very glad that mum were willing to get onboard!
Saw a large sculpture at the Piazza. How it was held up, had no idea…

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At the entrance of the museum, we saw a large Tokyo subway map printed on the wall and mum was very excited. ‘Take a photo of me & the map!’, she begged…

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Loads of old rolling stocks were on display.
When I moved to London in the early 90s, smoking on the public transport was still permitted, the double-deckers were free to hop on & off from the rear, and the train doors were not automatic but self-service slamming doors which let passengers hang on in daring & nonchalant style while the train glided into the station. Hooray to all the relics of pre- health & safety madness! While in & out of the trains & buses, I reminisced about London which no longer existed…

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Then off to their gift shop as mum needed an inspiration for gift ideas for her friends in Japan. After much pacing back and fro between the aisles, she settled on 12 double-decker fridge magnets. Together with them, she also bought a tea towel and two trays.
For lunch, we decided upon tartine at one of the restaurants at the Piazza. The tartine was rather tough to cut but it tasted good…

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After lunch, we shopped at COS on Long Acre and mum bought a zipped knit blouson which suited her well…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

A Double-Decker In Nagano

It’s been a week since I arrived at Nagano and seems that I’ve got used to Nagano’s climate. The temperature plunges down to -10 C° in the morning and my feet aches every time I go for walk in spite of the sheepskin insoles in my boots because of the ground being so icy. Still, I love the cleanliness of Nagano’s air which is crisp and still.

While enjoying the bright winter sunshine, I sauntered towards downtown and noticed a familiar figure in red…

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A double-decker!

The bus was refitted as a cafe, offering lunch and afternoon snack…

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An open rear deck which was one of the main feature of the original double-decker was fitted with double-leaf doors in order to cope with the winter of Nagano…

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The menu they offer was mainly western style, consisting of pasta, soup, salad, gratin, cake, pancake, etc…

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They also offer hotdogs for a takeaway at the vintage van parked next door…

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I couldn’t help feeling a pang of homesick to my beloved London when I saw this iconic red giant.
I miss you, London (and Hubbie & Mr.B, of course)…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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