Flowers at Lunch

This month has been a trying one. It’s the middle of the busy season in Japan, so we’ve been running around like chickens without heads.

Today was my first slower day all month, since two of my lessons got canceled. It’s also my last week at my current assignment, so I wad given a little extra time to put things in order for the incoming staff.

That being said, I was actually able to go out and enjoy my lunch this afternoon. Mostly, I’ve been popping out to the nearest convenience store and eating lunch at my desk.

The weather was rather nice, if a bit windy. My lunch was scheduled to start at four, so it also wasn’t super crowded.

After lunch, I took a stroll around the train station and shopping centre where my job is located. It has a lovely courtyard where there are a ton of flowers, fountains, and illuminated displays in the winter.

That is where I snapped these pictures. I have no idea as to what kind of flowers these are, but I thought they were pretty. They also came in an aray of colors, as you can tell.

I’m looking forward to my next assignment, though I will miss seeing these flowers.

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Yokohama Landmark Tower Plaza

The child in me loved this.

Since I had a little time before my bus, I stopped by downtown Yokohama.

It was terribly rainy and windy, but metal looks amazing in these conditions.

It was totally worth it!

Tiny White Flowers

This week has been a difficult one for a wide array of reasons. So, instead of going straight into work this morning, I decided to have a snack outside the train station.

My little break was all of ten minutes, but it helped a bit. I’m not entirely sure why, but I’ve been feeling especially annoyed and agressive since Tuesday.

That said, tomorrow evening can’t come fast enough. I have plans to play D&D with the guys Sunday and an extra day off on Thursday (National Holiday). I really hope I’m all sorted out by Tueday.

The Sea Candle

A.k.a the Shonan Observatory Lighthouse

The weather wasn’t so great so the top observation deck was closed, but I was able to visit the lower one and get some pictures.

There wasn’t much to do there, but I’m still glad I went. It was an interesting way to spend ten minutes and it got me out of the rain.

This is the bridge you need to cross to get onto the island.

The Journey to Enoshima

While in Yokohama, I visited Enoshima Island. There, I visited the park, a tower, a shrine, and some caves.

To get there from Yokohama station, you can take the JR train to Fujisawa, and then another train/tram to the island itself. There’s also a bus you can take. I took the tram there and the bus back.

Also, if you take the tram, there is a long bridge you have to cross to get onto the island.

It reminded me a bit of Spirited Away.

My first stop was a shirine.

After that, I went wandering. It was a windy, rainy day and my umbrella kept blowing inside out while I walked. So, I decided to ditch it and pull up my hood.

There are many stairs to climb to get to the top of the island. But there is also an escalator you can pay to ride. They also sell combination tickets, so I could ride all three escalators and visit the Sea Candle for ¥700.

I walked on the way down.

Downtown Yokohama

Last weekend, the itch to travel was particularly strong, so I reserved a seat on a highway bus to Yokohama. It was my first time going so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

My bus left Nagoya at 10:20 pm and arrived at 5:20 am the next morning. I didn’t sleep particularly well on the bus, so I visited an internet cafe to take a nap and charge my devices.

After that I had some breakfast and headed out for some sightseeing. I visited an island called Enoshima and all of the various spots there. The trek in the rain was exhausting, so I took a shower and another nap at a cafe.

Then it was time for dinner. After eating, I still had a little bit of time before my bus home, so I took the subway downtown.

Eventually, I found my bus stop and took another highway bus back to Nagoya, where I promply took yet another nap.