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2019 Photo Journal

T-minus 2

Made it through the day, perhaps the most difficult one. Two more, then home free.

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2019 Photo Journal

Hope

I’m looking foward to hanging out with some friends and playing some D&D this weekend. We haven’t been able to meet like this in a long time, due to scheduling conflicts, illnesses, and life in general. Hopefully we can make our meetings a bit more regular in the future. Here’s to hoping that out characters survive 2019!

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Nishio City

Another assignment I had this week took me to Nishio. It’s considered rural and is near Gamagori if I remember right. It’s famous for green tea, I was told by multiple people.

To get to my school, I needed to catch a bus at the train station. Having gotten there quite early, I popped into the tourist information and souvenir shop. The lady at the desk was excited to tell me all about the city, its tea, and asked me to one day consider moving there.

Then, while waiting for the bus, I struck up a conversation with an elderly couple. They had plenty of questions and were happy to chat until the bus arrived.

At the bus stop, there was this cute little statue welcoming people to the city. If you’re ever in the area, I would recommend trying the tea, as it is really good. You can get it at a tea house or in can form at a souvenir shop or vending machine for about ¥130.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

The Small Details

A manhole cover in Komaki City. This month, I’ve been helping at bit at a school there. Everyone’s been incredibly nice and the area is a couple of degrees cooler than Nagoya.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Glass Cranes

A chandelier made of glass cranes in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Bubbles

Also at Nagoya Tower’s exhibit were these pretty orbs, backed by a light and projector.

They projected additional images onto the nearby walls. Kids viewing the exhibit were especially fond of these orbs, as was myself.

I wonder if I could recreate a similar decoration for my room.

Maybe I should give it a try after buying some supplies at Daiso.

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2018 Photo Journal

Back from the Kiln 

The post office delivered the bowl I made a few months ago in Okazaki. After deciding the shape and decorating the bowl, I sent it away to be fired and colored. After a month and a half, along with a delivery fee of ¥570, I have my dish ready to be used to hold candy.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Hara Station

Last Saturday I got a sudden assignment in Hara. It’s only the second time I’ve been there, but there’s a really cool mosaic near exits 1 and 2. On my way home, I waited for the hall to empty, so I could get a couple of pictures.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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.

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2017 Photo Journal

Office Ikebana

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Throughout November and half of December, I spent a lot of time warming my desk in the regional office. Since I’m and Emergency Teacher, I am actually considered an employee of the Education department of my company.

Since the new year, I’ve been out in the field much more. However I do still work in the office three or four times a month. Because of that, I wad able to see the new flower arrangements scattered throughout the building.