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…
I went out after work with a few coworkers. They led me here.
So, Towers Plaza…
It’s a shopping center built about Nagoya train station. It’s 51 floors of shopping, hotels, and restaurants, built over a bustling transportation hub. The station is very similar in a lot of ways to Grand Central, back in New York.
Recently, some coworkers and I went there to check out the summer sales, which are going on right now. You see, clothes are really expensive here, so we try to buy things when they go on sale.
While there, we went to the observation deck, on the 15th floor. As you can see, the view is rather nice. We also tried to get up to the 51st floor, but in order to get near the windows, you need a reservation at the swanky (expensive as hell) cafe.
I think this is an orchid of some sort.
This is another picture taken while at Atsuta Shrine.
I recently tried going to Inuyama, to see a famous castle there. It’s said that the castle is about 500 years old, so liking old stuff, I jumped on a train and went. However, I didn’t factor the time it takes to get from Nagoya to Inuyama (Gifu, I think?), so it was closed by the time I got there.
So, I went for a walk around the area instead.
I came across this shrine, which I made a small offering at, and bought a few things to take back with me. I also came across a lot of really old houses, though I didn’t take any pictures, since they are still private residences.
Once the weather isn’t so muggy, I plan to go back.
Long time no see, huh?
I’m sorry for the lack of updates for the past 2 weeks. I’ve been settling into my new apartments, which until now, did not have internet. I tried to log on and post via my phone, but it’s been slow going.
So, now that internet has been restored to me, I will be able to post a bit more frequently.
A divine tree at Atsuta Shrine
Today was my last day of training. Tomorrow most of my groupmates leave for their respective schools and apartments, while I stay here for a bit longer since my main school is the same one we trained at. I’m going to miss everyone, but we are making plans to enjoy the holidays together.