Anjo Tanabata Festival

Sorry for any blurriness in advance.

This annual three day festival is famous across Japan as one of the best Tanabata festivals.

As a resident, I can not help but partake in the festivities. It also helps that part of it set up right outside my workplace.

Friday, I was only able to see a small part of it during lunch. Satuday night, however, I was able to explore for about an hour after work. My coworkers and I enjoyed some festival food and looked at the colorful decorations.

Sakae at Night

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During the holidays, Nagoya TV Tower hosted a special event showcasing the city-scape at night. It was with a special light show by a famous FX group called Naked.

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The entry price was a little more expensive than the usual entrance fee, being 1000 yen instead of 700 yen, but it was well worth it.

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The light show was pretty cool, but nothing compared to the city lights below. The indoor viewing deck shows a 360 degree view of the city. It is also 90 metres above street level.

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From the deck, you can see Central Park, Oasis 21, the Sakae shopping district, Hisaya Oodori, and the famous Ferris Wheel. During the day, you can also go to the open air observation deck, above the enclosed one. It’s fenced in, and quite chilly on a windy day, but a whole 100 metres above street level. Unfortunately, during events such as these, that deck is closed to visitors.

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Art at the Science Museum

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Right now, theres a cool exhibit at the local science museum, using projection mapping and LED lights. My friend and I have been meaning to go but have only gotten around to it recently. The admission is ¥1400 and grants access to the exhibit and most of the rest of the museum (sans Ice Room and Planetarium).

Fujieda

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I’m on a long distance assignment this week in Fujieda, Shizuoka. This morning (my time), I rode the bullet train from Nagoya to Kakegawa (Shizuoka) and then a local train to Fujieda.

I’m staying in a hotel until Saturday morning. Then, after classes, I’ll ride thr bullet train back to Nagoya.