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.
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?
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.
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.
Sorry for the lack of updates recently. Work has been obscenity busy and I’m still trying to get used to life in Tokyo.
Although my school is in Tokyo, I’m staying in Saitama. That means I have a hell of a commute each day.
Here are a few pictures of things you can see around my place in Saitama.
I had a chance to visit Kamata station while here in Tokyo. It’s a pretty busy place surrounded by lots of good shopping. I would like to come back on my day off to really look around.
Another assignment I had this week took me to Nishio. It’s considered rural and is near Gamagori if I remember right. It’s famous for green tea, I was told by multiple people.
To get to my school, I needed to catch a bus at the train station. Having gotten there quite early, I popped into the tourist information and souvenir shop. The lady at the desk was excited to tell me all about the city, its tea, and asked me to one day consider moving there.
Then, while waiting for the bus, I struck up a conversation with an elderly couple. They had plenty of questions and were happy to chat until the bus arrived.
At the bus stop, there was this cute little statue welcoming people to the city. If you’re ever in the area, I would recommend trying the tea, as it is really good. You can get it at a tea house or in can form at a souvenir shop or vending machine for about ¥130.