The word shikkari しっかり (stable, reliable) is actually one of a complex class of very descriptive words that can be quite challenging for foreigners to learn because they're all so similar to each other, yet their meanings are so different. Another word from this group is sappari さっぱり (sa-PAH-ree, fresh, clean), as in the phrase "Sappari shita!" さっぱりした！ (I feel so refreshed!), said after you get out of a hot bath. If you closely resemble someone else in your family, you could use the word sokkuri そっくり to describe how similar you are, for example anata wa John ni sokkuri desu あなたはジョンにそっくりです (you are the spitting image of John). Other words from this group include gakkari がっかり (gah-KAH-ree), the feeling of being let down or disappointed; kossori こっそり (koh-SOH-ree), doing something secretly; and pittari ぴったり (pi-TAH-ree), describing a perfect fit.
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Leaving Tokyo now. I like to take the Shinkansen (i.e. the Bullet Train) when I can, since it's so fast and comfortable.
This was soon after the London bombings, and Japan had carefully closed all trash cans to keep people from putting bombs inside them.
These trash cans were still in use on the platform. They have been augmented somewhat to make it easy to see inside them, to improve security.