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2021 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyohashi Station Flower Arrangement

I love that even in winter, we can still see flowers and such. This was an arrangement that was placed adjacent to the turnstiles at Toyohashi station around Christmas time. This is actually the second of two arrangements, the first of which was displayed from the week preceding to Christmas eve, followed by this one which was displayed until the New Years holidays.

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2019 Photo Journal

Flowers at Lunch

This month has been a trying one. It’s the middle of the busy season in Japan, so we’ve been running around like chickens without heads.

Today was my first slower day all month, since two of my lessons got canceled. It’s also my last week at my current assignment, so I wad given a little extra time to put things in order for the incoming staff.

That being said, I was actually able to go out and enjoy my lunch this afternoon. Mostly, I’ve been popping out to the nearest convenience store and eating lunch at my desk.

The weather was rather nice, if a bit windy. My lunch was scheduled to start at four, so it also wasn’t super crowded.

After lunch, I took a stroll around the train station and shopping centre where my job is located. It has a lovely courtyard where there are a ton of flowers, fountains, and illuminated displays in the winter.

That is where I snapped these pictures. I have no idea as to what kind of flowers these are, but I thought they were pretty. They also came in an aray of colors, as you can tell.

I’m looking forward to my next assignment, though I will miss seeing these flowers.

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2019 Photo Journal

Plum Blossoms Pt.2

During lunch yesterday and today, I took a short stroll around my office, in search for more plum blossoms. However, there still aren’t many to be found.

But I won’t be discouraged!

When I find more, I’ll make sure to take pictures.

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2019 Photo Journal

Plum Blossoms Pt. 1

The plum blossoms have started to bloom in Toyohashi. During my last outing with D and company, we found two trees that had some blossoms.

D guessed that the rest were sure to follow soon, due to the change in temperatures.

I really hope he’s right, since I want to get a lot of pictures this year. I really fell behind the ball last spring.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Yoshida Castle

Our second stop after the Oni Matsuri was Yoshida Castle. It was only a ten minute walk, though we took our time.

Because the day we went was a national holiday, it was unfortunately closed to the public. We did get some nice group pictures though.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyohashi Oni Matsuri

Last weekend a bunch of coworkers and I went to the Toyohashi Oni Matsuri. My coworker D organized our outing, since he used to live in Toyohashi.

First we met up at Nagoya station and then tool the train to Toyohashi station. From there, we rode a street tram to the venue. It was very crowded, but it didn’t take very long to get to our stop: Toyohashi Park.

After that, we had about an hour to kill before the main event, so we browsed the stalls and filled our stomachs.

A major part of the festival is the red oni pelts people with candy and flour for good luck. We could see signs of his handywork for blocks around the venue. My coworkers Em, Sol, and R got a heavy dose of luck this year.

The event centers around a red oni character battling against a green tengu character. The two have what is essentially a dance battle, before the oni is flees the shrine, while covering everyone he sees in flour for the before mentioned good luck.

There is also a black oni who pats peoples heads for luck. Many of my coworkers received a pat.

Finally, the flour started to fly. I stood in the back, hoping to avoid the worst of it, though he got me during his second passby.

Afterwards, our gang regrouped to grab a few snacks, before we moved on to our second location for the day.

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2019 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Toyohashi Ogre Festival Display

There’s a new display near the ticket gates of Toyohashi station. It’s promoting a festival on February 10th and 11th. It’s called the Toyohashi Ogre Festival.

According to the sign, it’s going to be held at Akumikanbeshinmeisha Shrine in Toyohashi. If it’s not too cold, maybe I’ll go.

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2018 Photo Journal

An Odd Display

In Toyohashi, one of the displays doesn’t really scream Christmas, persay.

While undoubtedly pretty, roses are one of the last flowers I think of during the holiday season.

Although now that I think about it, it is pretty darn Japanese, since Christmas is more of a couples’ holiday (like American style Valentine’s day). Families of course celebrate, especially if they have kids, with special foods and gifts.

However, since Christmas fell on a workday, it was pretty much business as usual.

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2018 Photo Journal

A Glowing Haven

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2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

More Lights

Another of Toyohashi’s displays.

They got pretty creative this time around. They put lights everywhere.

Someone must have thought hard how to make this all actually work. Bless them.