Translator: Sarah McNally
From Canada, Sarah has been in Japan for almost 5 years. If you are interested in a Japanese to English translation, please feel free to contact her at

Sarah. 来日五年目のカナダ人。日本の高校では英語の教師して教壇に立つ一 方、日本語検定一級の資格も活かし翻訳も行う。問い合わせは上記アドレスへ。

After Word: Day 6
When taking pictures of paintings and other items in the collection at a museum, flashes are forbidden. The reason for this is that some items can become faded or discoloured when exposed to intense light.

Of course, the flash would also be a nuisance to those around you. By using a compact tripod blurry pictures can be avoided, so if you want to take many pictures it would be a good idea to bring one. If possible, a manual camera is best. With an f-stop of about 1.2, the shutter speed should be about 1/50 or 1/25.

I heard that Liverpool has changed greatly since the time of The Beatles' debut. It doesn't have the image of an old fashioned town at all, and I got the impression that it had many things in common with Yokohama, which with redevelopment recovered its lustre.

Here you'll find some personal notes I took during my trip.
I didn't really write this to be read by others, but you can take a look if you like. This is about what happened in London during the week or so I was there.
*Diary written between September and October of 2000

    London Diary: Day 6 - Finally, Liverpool!

    The city which gave birth to The Beatles, Liverpool, is also famous as an arts town. From Manchester to Liverpool it's about a 1 hour bus ride, just a short trip.

    Liverpool was a little different from Manchester, in that as you approach Liverpool you really get the feeling that you are entering a city.

    I got off the bus, and headed to the nearby Liverpool Museum where I came across an unexpected painting. It was a Rembrandt, and taking pictures was not forbidden. Actually, when I asked the curator if I could take pictures she went so far as to kindly tell me that if that was what I wanted to do, I should take my camera and leave my other bags in the cloak check.
    Incidentally, the ticket which I bought here was valid for a whole year, could be used at 8 art galleries and museums in the Liverpool area, and on top that could be obtained for just 3 pounds. When I come next year, I'll use this card again.

    Next I stopped by the place where all Beatles fans go, the Cavern Club. Before heading there, I went to a Beatles shop where I saw some photos of John and a few of his drawings, and wrote my name in the guest book. It was October 1st. If you visit within the next half year, you'll be able to find my signature.

    I went from the city centre to the bay, where I had afternoon tea and took a short breather. Up until then I had been walking continually, so my stomach was quite empty, making this seem like a luxurious break.

    The tea was delicious. Undoubtedly, if I had the same tea again in Japan it wouldn't be nearly as delicious. In the area surrounding the bay there were cafes and shops crowded together. The clothing and fashion item stores exhibited excellent taste, much better than that of those found in Odaiba. The prices were also low, so I quite recommend shopping here.

    The cookies I bought were delectable. They were fresh out of the oven, warm and soft. I ate them slowly, thinking this was definitely not something I would ever be able to eat in Japan.

    Near the bay there is also a Beatles museum. I just took a quick look at the shops in the entrance area. I'm not sure what's on display there, but I think I'll take a better look next time I'm in England.