Anjo Tanabata Festival

Sorry for any blurriness in advance.

This annual three day festival is famous across Japan as one of the best Tanabata festivals.

As a resident, I can not help but partake in the festivities. It also helps that part of it set up right outside my workplace.

Friday, I was only able to see a small part of it during lunch. Satuday night, however, I was able to explore for about an hour after work. My coworkers and I enjoyed some festival food and looked at the colorful decorations.

Sleepy Little Town

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Anjo is proving to be a sleepy little town after all. I spent the majority of the last weekend bumming around in my shorts and a tanktop, but halfway through Monday, I was feeling the call if the big city. There really isn’t anything interesting around my place aside from a few shops, an onsen, and a crappy cinema.

New Home

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Last weekend, I moved from Nagoya to a city called Anjo, for work. I spent Sunday scrubbing my old apartment and packing up the rest of my stuff. Monday, the moving truck came, manned by the sweetest little grandpa I’ve ever met, and I registered myself (and my bike) at the local government office. Since thing I have been settling in to my new place and getting used to my new classes.

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My room is a bit smaller than my last one, with no balcony, and a lower loft. However, I do have a proper closet and plenty of storage spaces. The best part is the 10 minute walk to work. It’s super convenient in the morning.

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The kitchen is tiny, though. I love to cook, so although my last place had a small kitchen, I set things up so that I had at least a little space to do things like chop ingredients, mix things, and so on. Here, I put my dinner tray over the sink and that’s all I have to work with. I need to thing of how I can better utilize my space.

 

 

Goodbye Anjo

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Today is my last day at Anjo. In some ways it’s a good thing, but in many more it’s a bad one. It’s the last time my group of friends will be in one sport for a while. April is the time for change here in Japan. Rchan is being transferred. KT is leaving the company and moving to Tokyo. KR finishes her contract in a couple of months and will return to the States. I’m going to miss these days.

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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