Stone Murals in Okazaki

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Last week, I had an an assignment in Okazaki. I took the JR Toukaidou Line. The station is about thirty minutes from Nagoya.

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After exiting the station, I found a large plaza with these interesting stone inlays in the sidewalk.

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Okazaki has a lot of history so I’m not too surprised. When I went to the castle-turned-museum, I learned a little about it.

Anjo under Snow

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During last weekend’s snow storm, I was working in Anjo, Aichi. It’s one of the places that got hit pretty hard. I got out of work around 8:20 and the snow was always starting to pile up.

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Not many people were out and about, save for a few people trying to get home. Thankfully, the station in only a two minute walk from work, so I didn’t have to trek far.

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Sakae at Night

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During the holidays, Nagoya TV Tower hosted a special event showcasing the city-scape at night. It was with a special light show by a famous FX group called Naked.

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The entry price was a little more expensive than the usual entrance fee, being 1000 yen instead of 700 yen, but it was well worth it.

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The light show was pretty cool, but nothing compared to the city lights below. The indoor viewing deck shows a 360 degree view of the city. It is also 90 metres above street level.

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From the deck, you can see Central Park, Oasis 21, the Sakae shopping district, Hisaya Oodori, and the famous Ferris Wheel. During the day, you can also go to the open air observation deck, above the enclosed one. It’s fenced in, and quite chilly on a windy day, but a whole 100 metres above street level. Unfortunately, during events such as these, that deck is closed to visitors.

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Oasis 21

 

oasis21_01Oasis 21 is an interesting spot in the Sakae area of Nagoya. It’s surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and parks. This is the Spaceship-Aqua portion of the structure. It’s completely free to visit and very close to the Nagoya TV Tower (another famous Nagoya landmark).

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