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2020 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Not-Quite Typhoons

We’ve been getting a ton of rain this month. There’s been at least one actual typhoon to hit Nagoya, but we’ve also been experiencing sudden, heavy showers almost daily. This was during one such shower, on my way to work.

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2020 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

A Little Shop

The sign on the window states that:

1. You must wear a mask

2. Customers are to use hand sanitizer when entering

3. The max number of patrons is three people

I have no idea what this shop sells and it was closed when I passed it by at the station.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

A Snow Falls in Aichi

Got our first significant amount of snowfall this evening. I was on assignment at my old school in Anjo when my friend told me that we were forecast to get a decent amount of snow this afternoon. It was supposed to star around three, but it started sometime around five or six. 

It delayed the trains so it took a while to get home. 

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

On the Corner

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Anjo has some rather interesting buildings and a ton of greenery. I don’t get the chance to visit often anymore, though I do often go to the neighboring city of Okazaki a lot for work. I do miss my old school and many of the students. After talking with an ex-coworker, I may be heading back there at the end of the year for the bonenkai party. Hopefully there’ll be some people up for late night karaoke afterwards.

Anjo City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

I’ll Miss this Place, Even Though it’s a Chain 


Recently I’ve been rather lazy. I know I really shouldn’t be doing this, especially since I’m getting ready for a big move and a job hunt, but I’ve been eating out more than usual. This is a pub next to my workplace, which makes good food for an affordable price (especially if you go in the afternoon). I’ve been in so often that I’ve gotten a little friendly with the waitresses and the chef. Today, he was super kind and gave me a little extra fish with my order for free. I will really miss this particular shop once I’m back in Nagoya. 

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2017 Photo Journal

Bridges

When I leave Anjo, I will really miss walking over this quaint little bridge everyday. I will also miss the carp who live in it.

Goodbye carp. Goodbye bridge. Goodbye occasional funky smell. Goodbye odd wooden pub that I all but certain is just someones garage. 

Goodbye fish restaurant next to work, with the sweetest waitress with orange hair. Goodbye work and students who I adore. 

Goodbye Anjo, this won’t be the last you see of me.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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.

 

 

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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.