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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

High above Nagoya

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The view from the Nagoya TV Tower.

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I’m noticing that I enjoy being at the top of really tall buildings.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Rolling Mountains of Tajimi

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My usual morning view.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Shaved Ice at a Tea House

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Recently I visited a tea house in Kanayama. My assignment there had just ended (I’m a substitute teacher, so I go wherever I’m needed) and I figured why not visit the shop I pass everytime I work at that school. It was a hot day and there was a sign out front advertising shaved ices. Better yet, they had my favorite flavour: Kyoto green tea with red bean paste.

So, I popped in and said I wanted to try their shaved ices. The first floor, I  learned, was just for tea and tea accessories. I would have to take the elevator to the second floor. A young lady dressed in a 1920s style kimono and hakama escorted me to the counter where I could place an order. After asking to be sure that the ice did not contain milk (some are mixed with condensed milk) I ordered and was told to take seat on a tatami covered bench, with a bunch of other people, in front of long wooden tables facing a large window. In the background, traditional music was played for our enjoyment.

Twenty minuted later, our ices were brought out on beautiful trays, with oshibori towels to clean our hands, a hot cup of barley tea (which is supposed to help combat heat stroke and the like), and a wooden spoon. The ices were stacked at least eight inches high and fluffy as freshly baked bread. The tea was the colour of emeralds, while the sweet beans looked like port wine. Apparently the long wait time was due to someone having to shave the ice by hand with a knife and the tea having to be made and cooled.

It was amazing.

I have plans to go back this weekend with my friend. I also plan to visit the other six floors. For ¥780, I feel like I got quite the experience.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Atsuta

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This is another picture taken while at Atsuta Shrine.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

A Shrine in Inuyama

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I recently tried going to Inuyama, to see a famous castle there. It’s said that the castle is about 500 years old, so liking old stuff, I jumped on a train and went. However, I didn’t factor the time it takes to get from Nagoya to Inuyama (Gifu, I think?), so it was closed by the time I got there.

So, I went for a walk around the area instead.

I came across this shrine, which I made a small offering at, and bought a few things to take back with me. I also came across a lot of really old houses, though I didn’t take any pictures, since they are still private residences.

Once the weather isn’t so muggy, I plan to go back.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Last Day of Training

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Today was my last day of training. Tomorrow most of my groupmates leave for their respective schools and apartments, while I stay here for a bit longer since my main school is the same one we trained at. I’m going to miss everyone, but we are making plans to enjoy the holidays together.

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2016 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Backstreets

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I went for a walk after work. I found this place on the way back. Note to self: go back to explore during the day time, when this are actually open.

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Nagoya Spiral Tower

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Aka: Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers

This is the landmark I use to get around our neighborhood.

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First Leg Done

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So, I’m about to depart from Detroit for Nagoya, on a 13 hour flight. I had a little time between flights so I explored the airport a little. There’s a candy red tram that runs from one end of the terminal to the other, so of course I had to ride it.

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2016 new york Photo Journal

Harlem

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I went back down to the city last weekend to meet some friends. Instead of taking the subway, which takes just over an hour, I splurged and took Metro North. Since I live close enough to the Bronx, I can buy a special City Ticket, and save almost half the cost of a regular ticket. These tickets are only available on the weekends, to people departing from stations that are located in one of New York’s five boroughs.

I rode from the very edge of the Bronx to Grand Central, with the trip taking about a half an hour. The train travels through the Bronx, Harlem, and part of Midtown Manhattan.

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There is a bridge just before you reach Harlem 125th Street Station. I always loved looking out the window whenever we go across it.

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To be honest, I don’t know all that much about Harlem, and have only been a handful of times. I know a lot of good music originated there, my favorite being jazz. Other than that, I am quite ignorant.