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Nagoya, Meieki Area

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A New(ish) Start

I started a new assignment this week and so far, it’s been going pretty well. I was at my last school for about five and a half months, and truth be told, things were becoming a bit strained. 

My new school is much more relaxed, though a bit further away. It’s also located in a bit outdoor mall, which is nice. I’ll be teaching here until Golden Week. After that, it’s anyone’s guess.

Tsurumai Park Cherry Blossoms

A student recommended that I visit Tsurumai Park last weekend to see the cherry trees. 

Tsurumai Park is a popular place to go flower viewing, so it can get pretty crowded. Since my days off are usually Sunday and Monday, I thought it migh be better to go on a weekday.

It was still very crowded.

Most of the spaces under the cherry trees were already taken by the time I got there, so I walked around the park. I enjoyed a bottle of ramune soda and had a look at the stalls, but they didn’t really have anything I wanted. After about thirty minutes, I jumped back on the train to Nagoya.

I expect the trees to be flowering for another week or so, so now’s your chance for flower viewing if you’re chubu.

Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival Pt.1

The Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival started a few days ago. People from all atound Aichi (and further, I’d bet) came to oogle the somewhat famous cherry trees. Now that the weather’s finally consistently warm, the trees are blooming up a storm.

After work, I met up with a friend to try and enjoy a little bit of the festival before they closed at 10. We quickly made our way to the venue, grabbed some snacks if grilled meats and sweets, and found a place to take a few pictures.

Most of the trees were illuminated with lanterns of naked bulbs. There were also tons of booths and stalls selling snacks or swag for over inflated prices.

My friend and I ended up sharing a ¥500 bag of cotton candy, while we walked about, and joked about how our phones captured better pictures than our cameras.

All in all it was okay, though we have both seen better. It’s scheduled to continue until mid-April, though it’s sure to be crowded.

From Higashi Okazaki station, it’s about a ten minute walk. Just head towards Okazaki Castle and you can’t miss it.

Heaping Spoonfuls of Nostalgia

I’ve been finding myself feeling rather nostalgic as of late. I’ve been missing places, things, and people that haven’t been around for years. Every year I usually find myself feeling a bit blue come winter, but it rarely lasts this far into a new year. After doing a bit of googling, it seems this is a common occurrence when people aren’t exactly happy with the here and now. I’m not unhappy per say, but I do admit there are places that would do well with some improvement. I’m hoping April will bring some much needed change.

Spring Cometh: Plum Blossom in Sakae

Yesterday was the first day of spring, so because it’s considered a holiday here, I had a day off from work. I woke up early, jumped on a train to Sakae, met up with some friends, and celebrated. Yesterday was super rainy for most of the day, so we stayed inside until mid-afternoon. Afterwards I went back to Nagoya station, ate, and did a bit of shopping at Tokyu Hands.