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.
What should have been a ten minute walk turned into a half an hour of google maps telling me to try and walk through buildings.
Every time I thought I was finally going the right way, my phone would ping-pong and tell me to go in a different direction.
As I often tell my mom, my sense of adventure is strong but my sense of direction is not.
The weather has been wonderful, so I’ve been trying to take advantage of it. After almost a year in the center of Nagoya, I’m being transferred to Anjo City. While it won’t be impossible to come to the big city, it will take much longer and be a bit more expensive.
During my walks, I found myself at Oasis 21 in Sakae. It’s a shopping area made of about four levels. These pictures were taken from the top level, which sports a reflecting pool/fountain and plexi-glass floor.
It’s also a pretty convenient location from where I am living now. It’s only a handful of stops away on the Sakuradori Line. I think I may visit this place from time to time, after my move.
It’s so bright, even at 11 at night. I hear this is a pretty famous place, which would explain why there were so many people. I just went there because Google Maps told me that my hotel is that direction. Good enough for me.
During the holidays, Nagoya TV Tower hosted a special event showcasing the city-scape at night. It was with a special light show by a famous FX group called Naked.
The entry price was a little more expensive than the usual entrance fee, being 1000 yen instead of 700 yen, but it was well worth it.
The light show was pretty cool, but nothing compared to the city lights below. The indoor viewing deck shows a 360 degree view of the city. It is also 90 metres above street level.
From the deck, you can see Central Park, Oasis 21, the Sakae shopping district, Hisaya Oodori, and the famous Ferris Wheel. During the day, you can also go to the open air observation deck, above the enclosed one. It’s fenced in, and quite chilly on a windy day, but a whole 100 metres above street level. Unfortunately, during events such as these, that deck is closed to visitors.
I’m on a long distance assignment this week in Fujieda, Shizuoka. This morning (my time), I rode the bullet train from Nagoya to Kakegawa (Shizuoka) and then a local train to Fujieda.
I’m staying in a hotel until Saturday morning. Then, after classes, I’ll ride thr bullet train back to Nagoya.
So, I took the JLPT yesterday. It was given at an university not too far from Fujigaoka station. I took the subway and then a bus.
The test was about four hours long, though we did get breaks between sections. First was a short vocabulary section. Then there was grammar and reading comprehension. Last was the listening portion, which was the hardest.
I hope I passed.