Firework Fridays 2017.02

Let’s continue Firework Friday with more pictures from the Gamagori Firework Display.

That day, we arrived at the station around 10:30 am. A coworker, the person who organized this outing, lives in Gamagori, while the rest of us live along the Tokaido Line. 

We made sure to reserve our spot early by putting down tarps, weighed down with plastic water bottles filled with tap water and an insane amount of duct tape. 

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.

Firework Fridays 2017.01

Firework Fridays are an annual event on this blog which started a couple of years ago. 

My friends and I go to a fireworks show, I take a ton of pictures, and the best pictures get displayed here. 

This year we have a selection from Gamagori’s famous display at the end of July.

Obonyasumi Day 2

So, I arrived in Tachikawa yesterday and today was the first day I had some time to explore. Yesterday was super hot and muggy so I spent most of the day indoors, sitting under the air conditioner. 
Today, I spent some time with my friends from New York, at the biggest ear of corn I’ve ever seen, and talked about my plans concerbing the future.
Tomorrow I will be seeing a few other friends before heading back to Tokyo proper for some sightseeing. I’ve been West of the Yamanote line a few times before, so I’m going to check out the Eastern bits. Around 11:30 pm, I’ll catch a bus back to Nagoya.

On the Road

It’s Obonyasumi, so I’m traveling to Tachikawa to see my friends again.

I decided to take an early morning highway bus to Shinjuku station, from where I will take a train to Tachikawa. The train ride is about an hour.

The bus ride is about six hours. We left at eight twenty and didn’t arrive until after two. There were two short stop offs at reststops to use the bathrooms and grab snacks. I couldn’t really find anything I wanted so I snacked on mochi and grapes.

I will be in Tachikawa for three days before I go back to Nagoya and Anjo.

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.