I recently had some free time, so I hopped on a train to Gifu. Since coming to Japan, I have never been to Gifu City, though I have worked in several schools in the prefecture. I thought it was time to remedy that.
The train ride was pretty short, since I took a rapid train. It was the afternoon rush hour (weekday), so I had to stand the entire trip, but the ride was only about fifteen minutes.
The station is pretty impressive, with a large plaza for meeting people and a long wooden boardwalk.
Nearby is Tower 43, a shopping mall, condominium, and observation area all in one. The observation area is completely free, which is nice. It is rather small however.
You can see a lot from the large windows and a one- sided-glass elevator connecting the first four floors and the forty third.
I ended up staying only about ten minutes, since there isn’t that much to see or do. The observation area is attached to a fancy restaurant, but when I was there it wasn’t open yet and really out my price range.
I would like to come back at night some time, to see the city lit up. I have a feeling it would be beautiful.
Someone set flowers out in the break room recently. I have no idea who did it, but going by the tables of matching vases, I can only assume it was one of the cleaning ladys.
They are all older than Mathusela and very sweet (especially if you are polite to them). Most people here tend to ignore them, but they remind me of four foot tall super grannies.
Last weekend I went to a garden with a large pond filled with Koi. For 100 yen, visitors could buy a cup of pellets to feed to the fish. The koi are actually really keen on people, since they associate them with food. Even if you don’t have food, they still come to the water’s edge. This gal (since there are usually only one male in a pond) tried to eat my camera.
Last week, I had an an assignment in Okazaki. I took the JR Toukaidou Line. The station is about thirty minutes from Nagoya.
After exiting the station, I found a large plaza with these interesting stone inlays in the sidewalk.
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.
Since these were planted in Osaka, does that mean an army of Osaka Grannies came out en mass to set these up?
So, Monday was the spring equinox, which means that spring is here. Finally. This winter felt pretty long, even though it wasn’t all that bad compared with New York. I’m just happy for the warmer weather and increase in flowers.
I had a guest over for dinner and video games this weekend. We made some vegetable and chicken meatball hotpot, laughing while we attempted to maneuver around my tiny kitchen. The broth, and the meatballs in particular, came out really good. For dessert, we had green tea cake, served with red beans and tea.