Nagoya Rain

Its been pouring all day today. After work, I needed to stop at the supermarket for dinner, so I went through the side streets to save some time. The rain made the city lights look especially pretty.

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The Night View from the Tempozan Ferris Wheel

After taking a ride on the Santa Maria cruise and cheking out the Kaiyakan/Aquarium, I tries the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. 

It’s heralded as the biggest wheel im the world, at 150 meters (their words) and the ride is part tour, part Osaka marketing. Surprisingly, the ticket was only ¬•800.
I wanted the best pictures possible, although you’re not technically supposed to take them, so I waited on line for maybe fourty minutes so I could get a transparent car.
Once onboard, I was mesmerized by the view, dispite my mild dislike of heights. I could see Universal Studios Japan, the aquarium, a famous red bridge, and a good portion of the city. The ride lasted fifteen minutes.
If you have a chance to try it, it’s worth doing. It’s really not expensive and each car can fit up to five people.

Having a Bit of Fun

Over the weekend, I went to Nagoya to meet with some coworkers for a drinking party. A manager from one of the schools I used to work at is getting married and moving away, so we decided to get together. 
Me were supposed to meet at an exit of a local mall, but I ended up getting nampa’d by two guys. They were nice guys, and I was flattered that they were interested in anything I had to say, but I would have preferred that my coworkers didn’t ditch me.

Eventually, I found the meet up spot and joined the get together amd enjoyed some super traditional Japanese food. First course was nibbles, then pork shabu-shabu, followed by boiled tofu, and ended with huge sour plums served with high quality boiled rice.

After the party, some people had an after party, but most of us went back to the train station. I stopped off at a shop yo buy some shelfs, before heading home. 

Oasis 21 at Night

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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.

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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.

Sakae at Night

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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