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.
I recently had some free time, so I hopped on a train to Gifu. Since coming to Japan, I have never been to Gifu City, though I have worked in several schools in the prefecture. I thought it was time to remedy that.
The train ride was pretty short, since I took a rapid train. It was the afternoon rush hour (weekday), so I had to stand the entire trip, but the ride was only about fifteen minutes.
The station is pretty impressive, with a large plaza for meeting people and a long wooden boardwalk.
Nearby is Tower 43, a shopping mall, condominium, and observation area all in one. The observation area is completely free, which is nice. It is rather small however.
You can see a lot from the large windows and a one- sided-glass elevator connecting the first four floors and the forty third.
I ended up staying only about ten minutes, since there isn’t that much to see or do. The observation area is attached to a fancy restaurant, but when I was there it wasn’t open yet and really out my price range.
I would like to come back at night some time, to see the city lit up. I have a feeling it would be beautiful.
I really do love living in Nagoya.
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.
In September I took a short daytrip to Osaka for my birthday. On the way home, I visited a place called the Umeda Sky Building. For a thousand yen, or roughly nine dollars US, you can ride to the top of this unique building to see a breathtaking view.
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.
5:10 a.m. Shinjuku, Tokyo