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Nagoya, Meieki Area

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Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival Pt.1

The Okazaki Cherry Blossom Festival started a few days ago. People from all atound Aichi (and further, I’d bet) came to oogle the somewhat famous cherry trees. Now that the weather’s finally consistently warm, the trees are blooming up a storm.

After work, I met up with a friend to try and enjoy a little bit of the festival before they closed at 10. We quickly made our way to the venue, grabbed some snacks if grilled meats and sweets, and found a place to take a few pictures.

Most of the trees were illuminated with lanterns of naked bulbs. There were also tons of booths and stalls selling snacks or swag for over inflated prices.

My friend and I ended up sharing a ¥500 bag of cotton candy, while we walked about, and joked about how our phones captured better pictures than our cameras.

All in all it was okay, though we have both seen better. It’s scheduled to continue until mid-April, though it’s sure to be crowded.

From Higashi Okazaki station, it’s about a ten minute walk. Just head towards Okazaki Castle and you can’t miss it.

Golden Mie

Mie Prefecture is best described as spralling acres of farmland interspersed with rivers.

Last weekend, a few friends and I went there for a sports meet. We got up super early and met up at the station, before riding a bus for a couple of hours to a gymnasium.

On the way home, I managed to get a window seat, so I spent a significant amount of time sending pictures to a friend back in the US. He agreed that Mie had a whole lot of farmland.

Apologies for any blur or odd reflections. Many of these pics were taken using Line’s camera feature, from a bus speeding down a highway, with the sun setting almost directly in front of me.

A Trip to the Zoo

Since the weather wasn’t too cold, I decided to go to the zoo after my weekly Japanese class. The zoo was only a few stops away from my school in Imaike. 

So, after I got my homework assignment from the teacher, I grabbed a snack, and hopped on the train bound for Higashiyama Park.

About fifteen minutes, I was buying my ticket, and entering the park-slash-zoo-slash-botanical garden. Because I got there later in the afternoon, I didn’t have the chance to see everything, but I did enjoy my time there.

I saw some animals, though some of the enclosures were pitifully small for some of the larger animals. I saw a lion, a tiger, elephants, birds, koalas, seals, and a polar bear.

I spent most of my time im the greenhouses, looking at plants, and enjoying the heat. 

All in all, it was worth the six hundred yen admission and I look forward to visiting again, when I have more time, and the weather is a bit warmer.

The zoo is only a two minute walk from the Higashiyama Koen station, which is on the Fujigaoka-bound Higashiyama subway line.

Sunshine Sakae

 

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Last weekend I was in Nagoya for a doctor’s appointment, so I spent a little time in the city. Sakae, to be specific. Since I don’t get the chance so much anymore, I figured I would be touristy.

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I rode the Sunshine Sakae Ferris Wheel. It wasn’t super impressive, but it was fun enough. I also videochatted with a friend during the ride.

For five hundred yen, its not a bad way to spend ten minutes.