Monthly Archives: April 2007

Japanese toilets catching fire

Sitting on Japanese all-singing all-heating toilets was strange enough while I was over in Japan recently and at the time we discussed what problems there would be in relying on British plumbers and electricians getting together to install the things. … Continue reading

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It can’t be true

Too much bacon ‘bad for lungs’ This has to be made up science, I’m sure. There’s no way that something as good as bacon could ever be bad for you. Eating large quantities of cured meats like bacon could damage … Continue reading

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High blood pressure caused by jam

No, it’s true. “…studies in rats show JAM-1 is linked to raised blood pressure, but the exact mechanisms behind this are still unclear. They are now looking at the human brain to understand more.” BBC NEWS | Health | Blood … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 8 – Koyasan

From Osaka we took a train and then a furnicular to Koyasan (Mount Koya), where the monks live. Billed as ‘staying with the monks’ it would be more accurately described as ‘staying in a hotel the monks have set up … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 9 – Tokyo and home

From Koyosan we had to travel back to Osaka and then a bullet train all the way to Tokyo (in about 3 hours) for our last night in Japan. I certainly don’t feel like I’ve seen anywhere near enough of … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 4 – Shirakawago

From Nikko we took a bus to Shirakawago, further into the mountains. Shirakawago is similar to Hida No Sato in that there are a collection of authentic traditional buildings, but the difference is that they’re all lived in and the … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 5 – Kanazawa

At the end of a day in Shirakawago we took another bus to Kanazawa. The journey between the two was particularly impressive as rather than navigate winding mountain routes the road cut right through mountains, with bridges over valleys, getting … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 6 – Kyoto

From Kanazawa we took a few trains to Kyoto. The journey wasn’t particularly interesting as ended up standing for the whole two hours but we were glad that our bags were being shipped around without us having to carry them, … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 7 – Osaka

From Kyoto we took the short train journey to Osaka and our hotel New Hankyu, next to the main stations in Osaka. Trips on the menu included the castle at Himoji (Himoji-ji) and then a general wander around Osaka itself. … Continue reading

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Japan Trip, Part 2 – Nikko

From Tokyo we took a bullet train (or Shinkansen, as they prefer to be called on the train station signs) to Nikko which is up in the mountains northest(ish) of Tokyo. There’s a large temple complex up there as well … Continue reading

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