Posted in 2016, Photo Journal

Of Dolphins


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.


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.


Posted in Photo Journal

Ikebukuro Cat Cafe


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…