Japan Trip-Saturay June 2, 2012

Now, that it’s time to work, I have a lot less to write about.

I did notice, for the first time, the bus stop out front of our hotel. Seems like there are a lot of things in Japan that are the opposite from that in the U.S. For example, driving on the other side of the road, emergency number being 119, and the way the bus stop is situated. The back of the bus stop and bench are on the street side which makes sense from a space planning viewpoint. It doesn’t take as much space from the sidewalk as ours do, but it makes it more difficult to see a bus approaching.

Held three clinics at Fruit and Flower Park in Kobe (about 45 minutes from the hotel), each about an hour long. Each participant had different needs and desires: two Border Collies and one Jack Russell Terrier.

Met some old disc dog friends and Hiro, Hiromi, and I had lunch at the park with two of them.

Then, went and visited a Sake Factory. Unfortunately, they weren’t holding tours this time of year, so we were only able to see some old video, along with poking around their small museum. The one fact I was able to gleam through the visit was that there was an awful large amount of hand labor in the old days. It made me tired and sore, just watching it. I suspect that in this era, that it is far easier work than in the past.

I thought I’d pick up a bottle of Japanese Whisky, so we stopped at a liquor store. It was overwhelming all the choices. I ended up with a small bottle of Suntory Whisky 43, with a proof of 86. Have no idea what to expect from it.

We ended the day with a staff dinner at a nearby restaurant.

While I was nodding out in the room around 8:30 pm, I managed to stay awake until 9:45 pm.

Then, I first woke up at 2 am, then, 3 am, and finally dragged myself out of bed around 4 am.

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