Gil! It's cool to see you are still around here. I hardly ever visit the board anymore besides a cursory check now and then, let alone post, but since I finally found myself in a place with interesting sirens I had to pop in. I haven't spent much hobby time (what little there is anymore) on sirens, but I always take notice when I see one. The fascination is still alive.
Man, we are old bastards now. I just turned 34 the day before I left on this trip. I joined this board literally half my life ago! I think my avatar is still a rendition of my 21-year-old self, or sometime around then.
I considered catching a train back to Yokkaichi today on my own dime -- excuse me, Yen (it's Sunday here, and it would be personal so I can't charge it to work) just to get a close-up picture of that fire station setup, but my feet hurt so much from walking around in Nagoya all day yesterday that I had to take it easy. The energy I did have today was spent on a second visit to a frickin' awesome electronics store (Bic Camera) and tracking down gifts to bring home. If you are into hi-fi stereo, or really any high quality electronics, you must visit one of these stores if you ever find yourself in Japan. I regret that I did not sell all my assets and arrange a shipping container for my return trip!
I shudder at the thought of ever setting foot in a Best Buy again. I am actually ashamed that Americans have settled for so much crap. I found out quickly that the Japanese do not accept crap at all.
I will have two more rides into Yokkaichi before I leave Japan, fingers crossed I draw a good seat and have my camera ready. I really want to snap a photo of that odd siren I saw the other day, which could be one of the older WWII types. Unfortunately the return trips back to Nagoya are when it's dark, so mornings are all I have.