Sunday, 29 April 2012

Okayama To Matsuyama

Another train post! Woohoo! 

This time, it's the limited express Shiokaze train (the JR Shikoku 2000 series) that we got on from Okayama to Matsuyama.
Cute, ne? Donburi-man trio(?)
We just jumped into the train without getting a seat reservation (the train was deaprting in a few minutes so we didn't want to waste time getting & reserving tickets or wait for the next train) and when we walked in the unreserved car of the train, almost every seat has a passenger. Not wanting to split up (for Raimie's benefit) and also seeing that the reserved cars were actually pretty empty; we just strolled into the reserved car and select our seats ourselves. When the ticket conductor came and checked our ticket, we knew that he wanted to mention to us that we were seating in reserved cars but he didn't (I suppose he thought that we wouldn't understand anyway). He allowed us to continue to be seated there because I think that most likely it will remain empty anyway. Plus, we aren't going to be charged extra sitting there are we are using our JR Pass. Love, love, love JR Pass. ^^

Plus, didn't hurt to look apologetic sitting where we weren't suppose to; to mollify the train conductor. That and look absolutely clueless. Can't fault or reason with clueless foreigners, right?

The scenery we enjoyed we left the main island of Honshu and into Shikoku.
The train we were on has Anpanman all over the exterior and interior. Pre-school Anpanman fans would love riding this train.


The train stopped at one of the stations as to connect with another train (can't remember which), before continuing its journey to Matsuyama and Uwajima. We got off to check out the process and we weren't the only ones!
Absolutely adorable train to ride on, don't you agree?

22 comments:

  1. Had some of the best train journeys in Japan and there is no better way to travel :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. Indeed. And there are many interesting trains to ride on.

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  2. "Pre-school Anpanman fans would love riding this train." Oy! What about doddering geriatric Anpanman fans like myself?

    That one train is the colour of wisteria. Mega-cool. I love these train posts so much, I just might forget about Sky Tr ... I lie. I lie shamelessly. :D

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    1. Excuse madam,
      If you are a doddering geriatric, what does that make me? Ancient fossil? ;p

      I thought I'd try take your minds off that tree. Unsuccessful again. Darn!

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    2. My children like Anpanman. They sand the song at Karaoke the last weekend. :)

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    3. Anpanman is popular. ^^ Your daughters must have a great time singing it.

      Even my son loves it, but of course he felt it is already uncool for him to like Anpanman now. ;)

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    4. That makes you an ancient fossil who runs marathons, yes. :D

      I can't forget Sky Tree. Tomorrow is 1 May, i.e. official opening month. Even Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko went up to the observation deck last Thursday! :)

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    5. You know, there is a Sikh guy about a century old that runs marathon. In Malaysia, we have our own Uncle Oliver who still actively participating in marathons. He's 80, I think... xD

      Ooooo the Emperor & Empress visited the deck. Were you able to sneak a peek from your bedroom window of the Royal Highnesses? ;)

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  3. The good thing about trains in Japan, you can usually buy reserved seat tickets if no one bought one already. As you said, it was empty, so no problems just sitting their. He probably just booked it for you at the next stop or via the radio or something. Seen it done on the Shinkansen. Fun to see. :)

    I do hope to go back to Shikoku someday. Thinking to cycle across to Matsuyama someday. Hope to do it this year, but if not, maybe next year. :)

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    1. I've seen that done too. Passengers just top-up the reserve surcharge when they choose to sit in the reserved cars.

      I hope you get to cycle there (what's the point of origin of the trip?You're starting from Tokyo?) as planned. :)

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    2. Planning to go on the Shimanamikaido. Goes from Onomichi (between Okayama and Hiroshima) and island hop using bridges to Imabari, just north of Matsuyama. I have 3 possible plans for the summer, and need to act really fast but gotta wait for a friend or two to make up their minds. :)

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    3. Nice.

      I envy you. ^^

      Have fun and hope all goes smoothly and according to plan! Well, if not; have fun anyway. :)

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  4. One can always count on finding something cute almost anywhere in Japan. The Donburi-man trio add is cute. I wouldn't mind a t-shirt of that. ;) I am glad the conductor was so accommodating. It would have been embarrassing trying to figure out what he was saying if he wanted you to change your seats.

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    1. Most often than not, in Japan; even when we err, the staff would not make the situation embarrassing for us. They will be like : "Customer (that okyakusama you'll always hear), I apologise profusely for causing so much inconvenience to you but you cannot do [insert whatever you are not suppose to do here] it and would you mind to move/shift/go elsewhere? Again, so sorry for the inconvenience. Would you be alright with that?" - in hush tone and bowed deeply.

      It would be good manners to reciprocate this gesture by profusely apologising and bowing too.

      The most public apologising we made was to the staff of JAL and the passengers in the plane we held up at Changi Airport because we mistook the flight time. No, it wasn't required to apologise, but we felt we had to. kakaka

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  5. I want to ride in the Anpanman train!

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    1. If you like this, you should try the Anpanman Torokko! It's a wooden carriage train and it sure looks fun. Have yet to get on one myself though. xD

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  6. How come the trains all so cute one?

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    1. You go up north (Tohoku area) and you get to see Pokemon covered train. I've got some photos, somewhere. Just click on trains or Akita... ^^

      Aiyoh, but need to ask one ah? Because they like cute things mah. ;p

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  7. I think Japanese are very thoughtful, they cater for children and adults. They know what attract most~

    I'm in the children category. I like everything cute and chibi~

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    1. I totally agree.

      Nothing wrong with cute stuff, right? :)

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  8. And Donburi-men?? How I wish we have nasi lemak man here and not cicak-man!

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    1. Aha!

      You can draw a Nasi Lemak mascot man, right? Then can give to Makcik Nasi Lemak to print to advertise her business. Muakaka

      In Japan, everything got cute mascot one. Donburi also got mascot it seems.:)

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