2020 Japan 2016~Current Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Furukawa Art Museum

Today, on a whim, I visited the Furukawa Art Museum. I had been running errands at Nagoya Station when I caught sight of a flyer similar to the one above. Being a cat person, I googled the exibit, before deciding to go. It wasn’t too troublesome to find, though I did almost go the weong way, since I am not at all familiar with the area around Ikeshita station.

The current exibit is dedicated to animals and although the building itself isn’t overly large, there was plenty to look at. The real draw to the museum is that for the price of ¥1000, you get access to two interesting sites: the art museum and the annex.

At the annex, there was a different exibit of antique items. If this is something that interests you and you are in the Nagoya area, it’s only a few minutes walk from Ikeshita station on the Higashiyama line. However, please be aware that like most tourist or cultural places here, it’s closed on Mondays. Here is the site (Japanese)

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Toyota City Picture Spot

The city of Toyota hosted the Rugby World Cup this year and because of which, the city also set aside many photo spots for foreign tourists.

One such place is in the building where I am currently working. It is visible straight away once you enter through the second floor entrance. It is set up with a tatami mat floor and requires you to take off your shoes.

I think the dry flowers add a nice touch and keep with the season.

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The Dragon of Enoshima Cave

There is a legend that a dragon inhabits the caves of Enoshima Island. To bring the legend to life, the tourism board put a statue (complete with sound and lighting effects) in said cave.

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Enoshima Island in Fujisawa, Japan

It was rainy and cool, but the trip was well worth it.

These are the ruins of someone’s workshop.

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Ikebukuro Aquarium

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Tokyo Train

An early moening train in the heart of Tokyo.

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Temple at Asakusa

After the skytree, we visited a famous temple and at shaved ice at a very small park.

It was crowded and hot, so we didn’t stay long. I really don’t do well with crowds and was ready to leave after 10 minutes. My friend was really too kind in letting me.

The shaved ice was great though.

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Tokyo Skytree

The first stop on our journey, after finding breakfast, was Asakusa station to see the Tokyo Skytree. We decided that because we had a lot of extra time, we would walk from the station. 
Unfortunately we misjudged the distance by quite a lot.
Once we finally got there, there wasn’t much of a wait to buy tickets or ride the elevator up. We arrived a little but after 8:30, so it wasn’t too crowded.
We visited the 345th, 350th, 445th and 450th floors to take pictures. 

There was a Marvel Avengers event going on, due to the newest movie, so the upper floors had superhero themed decorations, models, and merch.
We spent about an hour and a half there, investigating everything, and looking out the huge windows. Once we were done, we decided our next destination, then headed to the subway station. 

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It’s a Small World

While at Disney, mom and I rode the Small World ride at what we dubbed to be Disney Classic, while we visited California.

It is also one of my mother’s favorite attractions, since she remembers it from when she was a little girl. I admit that there’s something cute, even charming, about it– albeit a little racest. But it’s really a product of it’s time, reflecting some old ideals, while being really optimistic towards a global future.

The ride lasted about five or so minutes, which is long for a theme park ride. It feels like attractions are getting shorter and shorter, while wait times go up.

It was a nice respite from the cool weather that afternoon too. Our first two days in California were overcast and a bit cooler than expected.

The Small World ride was probably one of the better rides to be found at Disney Classic. If you go to the Disney Parks in Cali, I recommend the Pixar Park.

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Nagoya, Meieki Area