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Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya March 8th 2014

Torstai-aamuna kaivoin kartan ja opaskirjan esiin arpoen matkan suuntaa seuraavaksi. Harkitsin Kanazawaa mutta säätiedot paikassa näyttivät melko surkeilta. Kyoto olisi yksi vaihtoehto vaikka kerran aikaisemmin lyhyesti olinkin siellä käynyt. Shikokun saarelle en ollut vielä ehtinyt joten päätin matkustaa Takamatsuun. Matkan varrella olisi toki vielä mahdollista muuttaa mieltä. Pakkasin tavarani ihmetellen mahtuvatko eilen ostamani paidat vielä samaan 28 litran reppuuni mutta ihme kyllä kaikki edelleen sopi. Valuuttaa oli tarve vaihtaa lisää ja halusin myös vielä käydä yhdessä levykaupassa joten otin junan Shibuyaan. Pankin valuutanvaihtotiski oli juuri avautunut joten tässä ei mennyt aikaa hukkaan. Kurssi oli paras tähän mennessä reissua, eurolla sai 136.67 jeniä. Levykauppa näkyi jo kaukaa, kyseessä oli mahdollisesti Japanin, ehkä koko maailman suurin ... read more

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Osu November 10th 2013

Woke up during the night freezing, put my cardi on and snuggled in my sleeping bag. My alarm went off around eight ish. There were a good few snoozes before I turned the alarm off. We managed to get up and out within an hour. The weather was pissing down outside so we left my stuff at home, and we headed out for breakfast. The area where Tash lives is so quiet. There wasn't a soul about and the roads were pretty dead, too. It was about a ten minute walk to the cafe. The place we went to was called Komeda's cafe. It is an institution in Nagoya, I think it's been around for years and there are a few of them scattered around Nagoya. The cafe was heaving when we arrived and we had ... read more
Komeda's Cafe
Osu Kannon
Osu Kannon

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya November 9th 2013

A quickie in Nagoya! My mate had moved there, but her job was only for three months and with no long weekends for me and her visa not allowing her to leave Japan, it was a short hop across the ditch for a flying one night visit. No sleep what so ever! The jjimjilbang was freezing! And noisy to boot. I should of expected it on a Friday night in Itaewon. I was up, showered and out really quick. The subway didn't come until just after six, and I was at Gimpo airport by just after half six, and I'd had to change subways, too. Gotta love Gimpo airport for its proximity to Seoul proper. Also I love Jeju Air for their cheap flights, which made this trip possible, too. Check in was a breeze as ... read more
Noritake Garden
Noritake Garden

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya September 27th 2013

There is a 13-hour difference here. It is 5:00a.m. in the morning in WV, and it is 6:00p.m. here in Japan. So many things are different, including the toilets! Yes, I took a picture of an Asian toilet! Check out the photos.... read more

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya June 6th 2012

Nagoya A day we wished we could start again :( We're feeling emotionally exhausted after the stress of today. We set off for our Toyota factory tour only to discover when changing trains that George had left his JR Pass on the train. It was a horrible feeling as we had planned another 8 days using the railway passes. Unluckily, the two station workers spoke little English and it took a lot of gesturing and drawing to explain the problem. The guy really struggled with the orientation of where we had been sitting on the train when the pass was dropped. Eventually he aranged for the train to be checked and we dashed off to the Toyota factory hopeful that we might see the pass again. The Toyota Factory was fascinating, we visited the welding workshop ... read more
Comorant fishing at Gifu
Watching the boats pass by

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae March 16th 2012

I started writing this a few days ago but have been super busy so not had a chance to finish it. But here you go. We arrived in Tokyo without any problems, and won at working out the train timetables. Because we gave ourselves plenty of time for getting lost and missing trains, we arrived in Nagoya about 4 or 5 hours earlier than necessary, and spent some time wandering around near Nagoya station. It's not a particularly interesting place, but we did meet a sleepy Japanese man who showed us how to properly address a shrine before heading off to check into Hostel Ann, a nice wee place whose only fault is the only one shower for 24 guests. The highlight of the trip so far (and let's face it, probably the next 6 months) ... read more

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya February 4th 2012

Hello, We went to the Konomiya Shrine's Naked Festival on Saturday with Zoe and Martin. It was really good fun, we hope you enjoy the photos and bit of information below. Hadaka Matsuri officially called "Naoi Shinji", this festival takes place anually on January 13 of the lunar calendar. The festival started about 1240 years ago in the year 767 (Nara Period), when Emperor Shotoku ordered the entire nation to offer prayers to dispel a plague. The govenor of Owari Province (presently Aichi prefecture) thereby went to the Owari Sosha Shrine and founded the festival to dispel bad luck and calamities. Since it is said that touching the consecrated man, Shin-Otako, will dispel one's bad luck. A large group of naked men bravely struggle to touch the Shin-Otoka, who has been censecrated in a ceremony lasting ... read more
Naked festival
Naked festival
Naked festival

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya January 19th 2012

Hello We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year, ours was really good. My parents came to Japan and this blog will show you some of the stuff we did whilst they were here. You may notice Ben isn't in many because he had to work but he is in other ones that I will hopefully publish today.... read more
Lights in Sakae Central Park
Lights in Sakae Central Park
Lights in Sakae Central Park

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya November 30th 2011

We've been busy lately, racing around the country using Japan's amazing train network. And thanks to our Japan Rail pass, we can use the trains as much as we want. So we'll start with Kyoto where we really only spent one day of tourism despite spending three nights in the city. That's probably sacrilege considering Kyoto is considered by many to be the best city in the whole country. We have our reasons for this which we'll get to shortly. For the day we had booked 8 hours of private guide service to show us around which was apparently enough to take us to 3 or 4 highlights. Just a small slice of what Kyoto has to offer. So we started out with the most famous site in Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji temple or the Golden Pavilion followed ... read more
Dotombori lights
Size mis-match?

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Osu November 18th 2011

Hello, This is our first blog, we hope you enjoy looking at our pictures and seeing what adventures we have been up to. Although I say we, Ben is at work so I'm doing it on my own which could be interesting. I hope this works. I thought I should tell you a little bit about Osu Kannon, it is a shopping area in Nagoya. It has lots of shops, food stands, restaurants and our favourite supermarket. At the weekend it is very busy and you can tell the popular restaurants because they always have long queues. Sadly I cant remember the historical information about Nagoya castle, I think it was pretty much destroyed in a war and re-built, sorry to be so vague. I do have one interesting fact we can see it from our ... read more
Me again at Osu Kannon
One part of Osu Kannon
Trainers for George

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