Autumn has suddenly come and it was chilly (about 16C/60F) which was a shock as it's been at least ten degrees more than that (C!) up until yesterday when the temperature zonked. It's the first time I have worn shoes and socks in about 8 weeks!
We were handed a map of the factory grounds, and had to go around getting five stamps for a free gift at the end, so as there were so many people, it meant a LOT of lining up and waiting, but there was stuff to watch as we did it, and the kids were in a really good mood. The free gift turned out to be a bag of chicken ramen and ordinary ramen, two each so we came home with six pots of the stuff. Kids are happy....!
I was going to say recently that stupid English on T-shirts seemed to be on the wane but this summer there's been a huge resurgence. I have perfected the technique of getting Yoshi to stand slightly to the side of the person, so I can pretend to be photographing him, but I focus on the shirt instead.
Lunch was, guess what? Instant ramen! I don't like it but the boys LOVE it so they were very happy.
Then we had a tour of the factory - the interesting bits had big "No photography" posters on the windows, so I couldn't take any pictures inside, but it was really interesting watching the dough get globbed out and rolled into flat sheets, then thinner and thinner, then cut, put into shape and then fried by the conveyor belt going through the oil, dried, packaged (they were making curry ramen yesterday!) then boxed. The factory isn't that big when you think about how much they produce but it was going at top speed and all the workers were rushing about - it looked like quite hard work in terms of keeping up with the machinery.