Hi Hi sisters ….. thank you for your interest in my little picnic to Nagoyajo, yes, I know you are waiting for the meat. Hehe me too, while my eyes were looking at a national treasure, but my heart was thinking about another more attractive 'treasure' in Korea. As some of you already know, Gosireh Hwa is housed in the Sunshine Sakae building in downtown Nagoya. For sisters who will be going there, it is directly above the Sakae subway station on the Higashiyama line, only 2 stops away from Nagoya Shinkansen station, very convenient.
As we stepped out of the subway, there are already giant posters of WS Pachinko 2 @@
Sakae is a very young bustling area where video amusement, cafe and pachinko seem to be the theme. There were young crowds gathering and waiting around, a stark contrast to the 3 ajummas weaving through them. But my mind has already been kidnapped by the handsome MinHyung hanging on the wall, my instinct just told me to snap snap snap away. As a dutiful blogger, I left cloudnine and dashed across the busy intersection to capture a snapshot of that infamous ferris wheel. See, Gosireh Hwa is on the left side of the top floor.
Aye …… looked like most of the cabins were empty? Thinking since we still had to wait for other sisters to arrive, why not go for our ride now? Cloudnine’s friend Midori san was kind enough to just wait for her downstairs in a coffee shop while we blindly ran up & down the escalators (thank goodness it’s a small building) searching for the entrance to the Sky-boat. At last we figured out it’s on the 3rd floor inside the Tsutaya DVD store, remember ok?
We cheerfully requested the Yon (#4) boat assuming that we were the only Yonsama’s fans hanging around Nagoya, only to be told by the attendant that another group was already waiting before us! This was an unexpected setback as the 28-boats ferris wheel takes at least 15 minutes for a complete rotation, we would be late for our 2pm lunch. The quick-thinking cloudnine immediately ran to the 2 ladies in front and asked them if they would share the Yon boat with us :)
They let out a big smile, nodded without hesitation and we were so grateful! Once again it proved to me that the Japanese sisters are indeed kind and generous. Haha, we found out later that they actually came in the bus from Tokyo, that meant Kiyomi’s ‘April Snow & now” sisters have arrived earlier than scheduled!
So the happy-4 hopped onto our Yon boat but had no clue which seat our prince placed his royal ‘behind’ on. I was picking every cell in my brain there trying to remember which side/which position/which end he faced in all the published photos, I thought it was the outer seat. Now that I re-check at home and compare the interior features of the boat, I actually think he sat where I was sitting, which is the seat right next to the Number 4 sign! I have to pinch myself, am I dreaming again?
But honestly, our spirits were too high to care about the seat. Hehe, almost missed passing by Hwa …..
The roof top garden, are those 2 exclamation marks?
The surrounding view from Hwa
As our boat climbed higher and higher, I began noticing cloudnine and the other sister’s lips started clenching closer and closer together, their eyes squinting smaller and smaller, their voice raising louder and louder. And look at their hands ….
They were grabbing the handrail so tight that I thought it’s going to come off! They were laughing and confessed that they actually have fear of heights, just because our great Yonsama had ridden on this?! Oh dear dear, I know we love our prince very much, but I had no idea how far (or how HIGH in this case) our sisters were willing to suffer just to have a taste of what he went through! They looked sooooo cute and brave, I’ll say if Yong Joon were inside that boat, he would have given those brave ladies a BIG BEAR hug!
Hahaha but too bad, they’ve only got ME (hehe, with a naughty grin)! So I leaned over to the already pale-faced cloudnine with a worried countenance and pointed to the heavy-duty looking bolt hanging outside the boat, “um hm cloudnine, I think this screw looks loose.” And she let out a squeal, “Jaime!” Yes, I knew I was a bad girl and this was how I repay their kindness :)
Honestly, deep down I am very proud of them and I also know that they are very happy to accomplish this mission. As it turned out, the other 2 sisters were the last one taking the ride among the group, that meant the whole bus-load of sisters were waiting for us inside the restaurant! So we hurried downstairs to bid goodbye to cloudnine's friend (poor lady had been patiently waiting for us all this time) and stumbled inside Gosireh Hwa .......
Yikes! Sorry for being so longwinded again, I really thought I could finish this in 1 go. Well now, it becomes 1 more to go ....