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2018 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

Late Afternoon in Tachikawa

Last weekend I visited Tachikawa to see some friends. Afterwards, I went for a walk around the station and had had a snack.

It was around rush hour, so it was pretty busy.

The weather started off well, but did a complete turn mid-afternoon. The sky was cloudy and it rained from time to time.

All in all, it was still a nice trip.

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2018 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

More Kamata

After work I decided to do a bit more exploring. During work, I can only see a bit from the window in the staff room, or experience a tiny fraction of it when I go out for lunch.

At night, everything is lit up beautifully. I found that this extends about three blocks from the station and is only on the west side.

Most businesses are restaurants, pubs, or pachinko places. Here you can find just about any sort of food you could want.

Some of the buildings tower, but the most interesting places are found in side alleys, under huge aunings.

A few student tell me that this city is called the dirtiest city, but I don’t really think so. What do you think?

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2018 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

Wandering Around Saitama

Since my current lodgings are in Saitama, I thought it would be a waste to not look around.

I rode the Saikyo line to Yono, which took a few minutes. Then I went for a walk.

The weather was warm but windy. The skies were a wonderful shade of blue with fluffy white clouds.

A good point about this area is the abundance of greenery. It reminds me a lot of White Plains, in New York.

Once, the daughter of a friend of mine, had mentioned that Saitama was a nice place, and I can finally see what she meant.

If you are in Tokyo, check it sound if you can.

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2018 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

Akihabara at Night

I decided to explore a bit of Akihabara last night, for a lack of anything else to do.

I popped into a few archades, walked through the streets, and looked though a couple of stores.

It was really crowded and there were a ton of people trying to drum up business for various cafes and clubs.

I didn’t stay long before getting back on the train home.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyota City

I got a somewhat sudden assignment in Toyota City this week. It’s a bit over an hour away from my house via train, so I had to wake up pretty early.

During lunch, I had a walk around the station, after stuffing my face full of Loteria’s delicious fries. It was pretty overcast, since a typhoon was making its way through the area.

Toyota is famous for its cars and I’m told that the car museum is free to visit. I would love to go, but I’ll be too busy getting ready for a business trip next week.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Back to Work

Today was my first day back to work, but I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night. My sleep schedule got messed up due to staying up late, then sleeping in, during my vacation. Since it was too hot to go anywhere, I adopted a more nocturnal lifestyle. That lifestyle doesn’t exactly match well with my work schedule…

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2018 Photo Journal

Neo Retro

I’ve been on a nostalgia kick recently. I’ve been watching old shows, looking at old pictures, and listening to my favorite music from my high school years. I know it probably won’t help things long term, but it’s been helping make the mornings a bit better. It’s usually once I get out of the house that I become more like myself.

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

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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2017 Kansai (関西) Photo Journal

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.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

13th Floor 

The view from the thirteenth floor of the JR Towers. Pretty, isn’t it?