The Edo Museum

During the afternoon, we decided to visit the Edo Museum. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.

As a history museum, there are exhibits about the Edo period, when the upper-class would make frequent trips between what’s now Kyoto and Tokyo.

There are displays about daily life, work, and play.
Some exhibits are life sized or interactive.
There are also exhibits about more modern life. There’s a Meiji era building, old cars, and displays of houses dating back to pre-WW2.
The WW2 display was a bit hard to look at.
My favorite was a house from the late 1950s. It looked like the occupants had stepped out for a moment and would be back any minute.

If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. The entry fee is around ¥600 and the exhibits are well worth it.

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It Came from the Deep

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Old-timey diving suits are fear inducing monstrosities, capable of giving you nightmares for weeks, and causing even those with iron-clad bowels to let loose a brick or two. I would not like to meet this guy in an alley at night.

Stone Murals in Okazaki

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Last week, I had an an assignment in Okazaki. I took the JR Toukaidou Line. The station is about thirty minutes from Nagoya.

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After exiting the station, I found a large plaza with these interesting stone inlays in the sidewalk.

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Okazaki has a lot of history so I’m not too surprised. When I went to the castle-turned-museum, I learned a little about it.

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Last weekend I took a trip to the city just for the hell of it. I have an unlimited Metrocard this month, so I figured, why not? With it, I can take buses and the subway as much as I like, without having to worry about my budget.

Because of that, I decided I would try a little experiment. I would take public transportation to somewhere new, by randomly getting on a bus or train just to see where it went.

After a few hours of this, I ended up in the middle of Brooklyn. Outside the window was a cemetery called Greenwood Cemetery. It’s apparently kind of famous.

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I thought again, why not?

The cemetery is known for being the final resting place of Civil War veterans, the afluent, and several historical figures. I was there to see what the earliest date I could find on a tombstone was. That and look at the statues.

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They really went all out back in the day.

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I walked around for a couple of hours before I got too tired to continue. In that time I met a few of the cemetery’s interesting still-living residents  and paid my respects to quite a few of its deceased ones.2015-12-18 18.01.56

When the sun began to go down, I headed back to the main entrance. I then took the R train back to Manhattan, treated myself to a filling dinner, and took Metronorth home.

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All in all, it was a good experience, and I think I will be doing more impromptu sightseeing in the future. If you can, and have an interest in New York, I do suggest in investing in an unlimited Metrocard  (they have 1 day, 7 day, and 30 day versions ) as an alternative to expensive tours and the like.