Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Of Dolphins

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So, after almost 30 years of existence, I have finally been to an aquarium. A lot of my students have been badgering me to check out the local one, here by Nagoya Port. Equipped only with a day off, two thousand yen, and a comfy pair of walking shoes, I made the journey to what I was told would be a good time.

They were right.

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After taking the Sakuradori (pink) line to the Meio (light purple) line, I walked about fifteen minutes to the aquarium. The weather was pretty good, especially since I was next to the water.

The entrance fee is two thousand yen for an adult, which seems more like the prices I’m used to back home. I am constantly amazed by how cheap museums and the like are here. Most places are only like $5 to $7 to get in, which is ridiculously cheap compared to New York.

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Posted in Photo Journal

Ikebukuro Cat Cafe

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I’m well into my second day of my Obon holiday. Late Saturday night, after work, I boarded a night bus to Tokyo to visit some friends. I will post more about that later, but at the moment I am enjoying a frosty beverage at a Cat Cafe in East Ikebukuro.

I saw an ad for this place years ago, when I came to this city four years ago. At the time, I was unable to visit, as I couldn’t find the place. The same was almost the case this time, except I have Google Maps to guide me. That and two ikemen, who were even more obsessed with cats than I am.

When I arrived, I decided to the promotion listed on their website, where I pay about $25 for 3 hours of playing with the kitties and free drinks. It’s a sweltering 35 degrees out (which is cool when compared with Nagoya’s above 40 degree weather) so being inside with the AC blasting and free WiFi is a good place to be.

Being here has also allowed me to meet some interesting people, who love cats. Besides the two ikemen (stylish pretty boys), I met a lovely couple from Dubai who are touring Japan, two middle school aged brothers who like photographing cats, and a few lovely ladies who work as the staff here. They had a lot of facinating tips and stories about handing kitties.

In a few minutes, it will be time for me to pay and head back to the station. From there I will return to Shinjuku to grab my luggage and board another overnight bus home. I should arrive in Nagoya around 6 am tomorrow.

Since I have time now, expect more updates on my travels.

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

A Small Rose

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Found this little guy on one of my walks.

I’ve been trying to be a little bit more active as of late, since I spend a lot of time doing the same things over and over. When I teach, I tend to stand in one place for most of the lesson. When I’m not teaching, I am usually found in one of three places: at my desk, on a train, or in front of my computer. None of those things are particularly healthy…

Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

The Past

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I just realized that I’ve been here for a little more than a month. Time is flying by so quickly. I mean, yes, I always say that… but it feels faster than usual. This time last month, I was worrying over what to pack as luggage. This time last year, I was going crazy over finding a new job. I wonder what my past self would say to me if I said I would be living in Nagoya…