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2020 Photo Journal

The Walk Home

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Far Off City at Night

At night you can just see the tallest of buildings from downtown Nagoya from my neighborhood.

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2019 Photo Journal

The View from atop Inuyama Castle

A few weekends ago, I went to a festival in Inuyama with some friends from work.

During that time, we also visited Inuyama’s famous castle.

The castle features a balcony at its top, from which you can enjoy an amazing view of the city below.

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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

Tokyo Skytree

The first stop on our journey, after finding breakfast, was Asakusa station to see the Tokyo Skytree. We decided that because we had a lot of extra time, we would walk from the station. 
Unfortunately we misjudged the distance by quite a lot.
Once we finally got there, there wasn’t much of a wait to buy tickets or ride the elevator up. We arrived a little but after 8:30, so it wasn’t too crowded.
We visited the 345th, 350th, 445th and 450th floors to take pictures. 

There was a Marvel Avengers event going on, due to the newest movie, so the upper floors had superhero themed decorations, models, and merch.
We spent about an hour and a half there, investigating everything, and looking out the huge windows. Once we were done, we decided our next destination, then headed to the subway station. 

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2018 Photo Journal

The skies above

The view from above San Francisco during my visit earlier this month.

I didn’t get to explore very much, but what I saw from the plane was pretty cool. This was arriving from Japan. On the way back, I was sat in thr central row.

I would like to visit again in the future when I have more time and a later departure time.

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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?

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2017 Kanto (関東) Photo Journal

SOS! Lost in Shinjuku. Again.

I get lost a lot. On my way to a cat cafe, I got lost in east Shinjuku. 

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. 

I can get lost walking home to a place I lived for thirty years. In fact I have, several times.
Regardless, I found it eventually. Now, how do I get back to the station? The answer eludes me.

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2017 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

View from Gifu Tower 43

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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.

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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.

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You can see a lot from the large windows and a one- sided-glass elevator connecting the first four floors and the forty third.

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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.