MoCHA Cat Cafe Yabacho

A new Cat Cafe, called MoCHA, opened in Nagoya last month. It’s only a minute or so from Yabacho Station, in the Sakae Become building. It shares the second floor with another themed cafe.
Inside is a cat’s paradise, filled with comfy seating and tons of places to climb.

The fees average around ¥1200 for one hour or ¥200 per 10 minutes. For ¥380 extra, you can have access to an unlimited drink bar. For those who use LINE, theres also coupons available, if you friend them.
I stayed almost four hours, drifting between various activities. There are reclining seats, booths, a video game corner, the biggest cat tree I’ve ever seen, and plenty of cat toys. Also, the majority of the cats are still kittens.

I made friends with two kittens, a Russian Blue (Sally) and a Munchkin (Michelle). Both fell asleep after a little petting. 
Sally slept for over an hour, but was a ball of energy and affection after he woke up. Yes, Sally is a boy.
Michelle on the other hand, was only interested in my skirt. She suffers from palsy so running, jumping, and general coordination are difficult for her. She ended sleeping on part of my skirt for twenty minutes, until I had to wake her up to go.

If you are in Nagoya, I recommend this cafe. You can find directions and more information on its website. 

http://catmocha.jp/nagoya/

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Aichi Arts Center Pt. 3

For all the exploring I did, I think it’s a little funny that I didn’t set foot in the museum. I was pretty tired, so I rested a few minutes, sent off a few texts, and decided that I spent enough time ignoring the mess in my apartment.

So, I rode the elevator down to the basement to catch the first of two trains home. But first I needed to top off my energy, so I partook of an apple smoothie from a small shop at the train station. It was meh.

Then I jumped on the Meijo bound for Kanayama. After that it was the JR Tokaidou Line back to Anjo. 

Aichi Arts Center Pt. 2

While exploring the building, I must have looked quite silly, if no a little crazy. 
At the same time, I was spamming pictures to my friend in New York. In Japan, all cameras are required to make a shutter sound, so imagine an endless string of katcha sounds. 
Luckly, most people opted to take the elevator up, so I wasn’t bothering too many people. The security guard was more amused by my stares of awe than anything else.
This made it so I could document each floor in peace, which I took full advantage of.

Aichi Arts Center Pt. 1

While looking for something to do in the Sakae area, I stumbled upon the underground entrance to the Aichi Arts Center. This building houses the Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art, a theature, and several other arts related facilities.

The building is quite stunning, so I decided to take the escalators up all 11 floors as to see everything. On the way down, I took the glass elevator, snapping pics all the while, much to the amusement of the two grannies forced to share a car with me.

Since I took so many pictures, I will have to divide them over a few posts.

SOS! Lost in Shinjuku. Again.

I get lost a lot. On my way to a cat cafe, I got lost in east Shinjuku. 

What should have been a ten minute walk turned into a half an hour of google maps telling me to try and walk through buildings.
Every time I thought I was finally going the right way, my phone would ping-pong and tell me to go in a different direction.
As I often tell my mom, my sense of adventure is strong but my sense of direction is not. 

I can get lost walking home to a place I lived for thirty years. In fact I have, several times.
Regardless, I found it eventually. Now, how do I get back to the station? The answer eludes me.

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.

Quite the View

When I last went to USJ, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The lines for the rides were insanely long and it was extremely hot, so I only passed through the shops. I tried the rides during my last visit, so I picked up some omiyage for my coworkers and talked to a couple of the staff working there, before I went to the Jurassic Park section for lunch. Still, it was well worth the visit.