An unexpected interview

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Recently I was enjoying an evening in Nagoya’s Central Park area, when a reporter from the local TV station asked for an interview. He was doing a piece on foreign views of Nagoya, which may be due to the Nagoya’s increased pressure to draw in tourists. Interviewees had to live and work in Nagoya and speak both languages at least a little. The interview was done in English, but it’s believed that a better understanding of the local culture can bd enjoyed by people who are bilingual.

Most of the questions were about things I was surprised by here, what I like to do in my free time, and about differences in culture. Because I’m from New York, I’m seen as somewhat cool, even though I’m really not.

All in all, it took about thirty minutes.

The program is set to debut on Nagoya channel 6 on June 7th.

Oasis 21 at Night

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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.

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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.

Return to the Cat Cafe

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After months, I finally went back to that cat cafe I visited earlier this year. I found out recently that it had been closed for a bit due to renovations. It’s now a bit bigger with three cat rooms and a handful of new furry faces. The staff was lovely as always and I made a furry friend, named Atom, who wsd really interested in my socks and phone. I also spoke for a bit with the owner, who is like a mom to the cats and is currently studying English.

The First Snowfall

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Nagoya saw its first big snowfall last weekend. The storm hit Aichi, Gifu, and Mie, dropping up to 15 cm of snow in some places.

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The snow started around 10 am, around the time I had to head into work. It got heavier as the day went on.

 

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The trains were delayed about 45 minutes and by the time I got home, it was a bit late. Also, the walk home from the station was pretty slippery.

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I world say Nakamura Kuyakusho (my neighbourhood) got about 8 cm (just over 4 in). Luck for us, it’s almost completely melted.