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Japan Hiroshima Food Mapo Tofu Rain

17 November 2015

Get wet to go somewhere dry

Visiting the local Aeon mall to escape the rain

Now its really raining. Raining enough so that I stood out the front of the hotel pondering what to do.
After a google session, I found the local massive Aeon mall, and decided to go there. Because its indoors.
The first part of the journey, was to get to the tram, which was a sprint through puddles, my goretex boots kept my feet completely dry, but the rest of me was wet due to cars driving past in the gutter splashing me. Oh well.
Now that I was wet, I got off at the main station, and decided to walk the rest of the way, it didnt look too far, turns out it was about an hour.
I went under the station, and clearly was now on the wrong side of the tracks, because there was not a lot there, just a lot of puddles and cars trying to splash me more.

Getting wet turned out to be no problem, the inside of the mall was at least 30 degrees. I was dry within seconds.

After dinner, I repeated the journey, now with a lot less rain, but still drizzle, and getting under the tracks in a random location was my reward for an extra 15,000 steps this evening.

Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - Taking photos of rain never really works.

Taking photos of rain never really works.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - On the wrong side of the tracks, I was able to appreciate that a whitegoods store just leaves their product un guarded on the street all night.

On the wrong side of the tracks, I was able to appreciate that a whitegoods store just leaves their product un guarded on the street all night.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - Star Wars hysteria is peaking. Enjoy your Star Wars Xmas.

Star Wars hysteria is peaking. Enjoy your Star Wars Xmas.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - This Aeon mall, apparently the biggest x in y, has a great dining area / food court hybrid. Smarter than your normal food court.

This Aeon mall, apparently the biggest x in y, has a great dining area / food court hybrid. Smarter than your normal food court.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - I had mapo tofu, cause Chinese food in Japan is everywhere now, so long as you want mapo tofu, xiao long bao or the black sticky noodles they call Chi

I had mapo tofu, cause Chinese food in Japan is everywhere now, so long as you want mapo tofu, xiao long bao or the black sticky noodles they call Chinese food in Korea.
It was actually good though, came in a volcanically heated pot, just like in Chengdu where they invented it.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - Not a lot to photograph tonight due to the rain, so heres the mall from the outside as I departed. It used to be a huge Kirin beer factory. Then it wa

Not a lot to photograph tonight due to the rain, so heres the mall from the outside as I departed. It used to be a huge Kirin beer factory. Then it was called diamond city mall, but now Aeon bought it. They own everything.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - The highlight of my evening was this tunnel under the tracks. It went for hundreds of metres, and my head was very very close to the roof. Pipes went

The highlight of my evening was this tunnel under the tracks. It went for hundreds of metres, and my head was very very close to the roof.
Pipes went everywhere, and water ran in channels down both sides of the floor. It was like being in a computer game. I expected zombies to come running at me.


Japan-Hiroshima-Food-Mapo Tofu-Rain - Last photo this evening, this is a huge crossing and trains come every few seconds, yet pedestrians charge across in between the barriers coming down.

Last photo this evening, this is a huge crossing and trains come every few seconds, yet pedestrians charge across in between the barriers coming down.
This all seemed a bit ridiculous, a little old lady would have no chance to make it over.
Your only other option is the zombie tunnel 500 metres up the road.


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