Since the weather wasn’t too cold, I decided to go to the zoo after my weekly Japanese class. The zoo was only a few stops away from my school in Imaike.
So, after I got my homework assignment from the teacher, I grabbed a snack, and hopped on the train bound for Higashiyama Park.
About fifteen minutes, I was buying my ticket, and entering the park-slash-zoo-slash-botanical garden. Because I got there later in the afternoon, I didn’t have the chance to see everything, but I did enjoy my time there.
I saw some animals, though some of the enclosures were pitifully small for some of the larger animals. I saw a lion, a tiger, elephants, birds, koalas, seals, and a polar bear.
I spent most of my time im the greenhouses, looking at plants, and enjoying the heat.
All in all, it was worth the six hundred yen admission and I look forward to visiting again, when I have more time, and the weather is a bit warmer.
The zoo is only a two minute walk from the Higashiyama Koen station, which is on the Fujigaoka-bound Higashiyama subway line.
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.
Oasis 21 is an interesting spot in the Sakae area of Nagoya. It’s surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and parks. This is the Spaceship-Aqua portion of the structure. It’s completely free to visit and very close to the Nagoya TV Tower (another famous Nagoya landmark).
I would really love to snag an office job, somewhere in the city, after my contract with the school ends. Something with a lot of paperwork– a cubicle would be nice– and little customer service work. I want to be a pencil pusher. That’s my current dream.
I want to make a decent salary and to use it to pay off my student loans quickly. I can’t wait to see the end of those things. I also want to save some money to move out and/or overseas. I want to be able to buy food whenever I want.
I’m going to start slinging resumes faster that a McDonalds employee at supper time. I’m going to get my name out there. Watch out world!
Brother and I have decided that we should visit the city much more often. We’re thinking that we’ll visit at least once a month, now that we’ve found easier (cheaper) methods of travel. In the past, a trip to Manhattan was a treat, a special occasion, as the train fare would be around $30 for the pair of us. Now, we figured out a route that takes roughly an hour, is scenic, and costs about $6/person. The savings allow for us to do more than buy lunch in the city. We can go sing karaoke or go shopping. We even plan to rent bikes in Central Park at some point. This summer should prove interesting.
Brother and I were able to go to Bryant Park recently. The weather is improving quickly, so we made sure to spend some time outside. I couldn’t resist sitting by the fountain for a bit, before we went off in search of something interesting.
As unnerved as I am around large bodies of water, I do have a certain fondness for fountains. This is from a fountain in White Plains, near what I have dubbed ‘The Glass Starbucks.’