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Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae October 9th 2008

Well I can honestly say that Nagoya is probably going to be the highlight of my entire trip. Yoriko-san and I traveled to the Inuyama area, about 1.5 hours by train. After arriving there we grabbed lunch and checked out the Shinto Shrine there, Atsusa Jinja. It's a very important Shinto Shrine, dating back to the 3rd century I think. Back in ancient times this would be a destination for people on a spiritual journey. After that had some traditional Japanese sweets at a nice little traditionally styled area, then headed back. That evening went to an aussie bar, nice quiet little place. Ran into a guy that is doing a documentary for the Discovery Channel for a really cool production of Romeo and Juliet.. this production has been years in the making as Romeo is ... read more
Nagoya Center
Nice River near the Shrine
Me on a Bridge

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae October 7th 2008

Ok so... things are rather weird here.. this is my first chance to actually sit down and just relax since arriving here. Yesturday Im on my way to where Im staying, a small Ryokan. I generally knew where I was going, but all of a sudden this business man walks up and asks where Im going in English. I show him the map Im using and he looks at it, and instead of pointing which way to go like usual, he motions me to follow him. After he asks a few people, including one guy looking up the directions on his cars GPS, we arrive at my Ryokan. He got their phone number and called ahead / explained who I was in Japanese to the owners. Turns out while talking to him he has a daughter ... read more
ManBoo! Internet Cafe
Yoriko and Hashimoto

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae September 14th 2008

So really this event took place a month ago now it seems. Everytime I get on the computer I get distracted and do something else and never end up updating this wonderful blog. I am sorry to all my ex loyal readers who have moved on to Greener more updated pastures. Any way I have about 3 or so major updates. I will put them out this week. This one is the first and it is about my quest. The title of this entry comes from the poem that Stephen King's Dark Tower series was based off of. I picked it because I went to Tokyo over Obon week to find my Dark Tower. So if you are a fan of the Iron Chef show you will know who the best Iron Chef was. Iron Chef ... read more
There it is
The Menu

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya September 14th 2008

We are a little behind on our blog...but...better late then never =) (plus, you may get a little chuckle out of this one) After a busy 5 days in Tokyo, we set off on our 1st train ride ever stopping in Nagoya for one night, then off to Kyoto. We bought a Japan Rail Pass to get us around Japan, which now (after our adventures in Japan has come to an end) we can say was worth every penny. We were able to take the bullet trains all over Japan with this pass which was perfect since we wanted to cover alot of ground over our 16 days in Japan. The bullet train was amazing! Always on the minute. For those who know us well...yes we are amost always late for things...but not in Japan, ... read more
It all begins...
The Japanese Toilet...
Aluminum Can Model

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya September 14th 2008

All the good bits about Japan so far 1) Students Yes, really. Contrary to popular belief not all Japanese pupils are passive, obedient angels but they are far far easier to deal with than pupils in the UK. Why is this I wonder? Well, from experience, I can tell you that when I was teaching in British schools, especially as a supply teacher, the first thing that always struck me was the level of pupil hostility. Ian can confirm that this is even more true in British secondary schools. Hostility not only to the teachers but, more worryingly to each other. Fights, bullying and disputes were daily occurrences. Verbal assaults towards staff were common place. Physical assaults were rare but they did happen. This behavior simply does not exist in Japan. Walk in to any school ... read more

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya September 1st 2008

Being this is my first blog and the fact that I do not move to Nagoya for another 2 weeks, I thought I would use this as a test blog and put some pictures of my life here in the US. I accepted a position in Nagoya, Japan. My company has offices all over the world and I have been applying to openings from Asia to Africa. I really didn't care what office I got, I just wanted the opportunity to work and live abroad. Luckily, I got Japan. I leave for Japan in about 2 weeks. There is so much I have to do before I leave and I have def. been slacking. So that’s it for now. Sorry my first entry is rather boring; I promise it will get better once I am in ... read more
San Francisco
The Fam
Diana & I visiting my bro in NYC

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae August 13th 2008

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I have been lazy and have put off publishing more of my AMAZING adventures that thrill everyone soo much. First let me start by saying this past weekend I had some AWESOME mexican food this weekend compliments of a new friend who works at a different site. She has a house and invited me over to help cook. Man it was delicious. Any way so in my down time I have made it to a beach, back to Nara and went to see fishing. First off the beach I went to was in Obama, it was Wada beach in Wakusa. Wada beach was VERY nice. There were a small chain of little rocks you could row out to and swim. There were little waves and the water went from shallow to deep gradually. So I ... read more
Wada matter u
More of the beach
He got in my view

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya » Sakae July 29th 2008

I AM BACK!! So After my first week back I have my first update. This past weekend a few coworkers and I decided to go try the beach near work. You would never guess by work that there is a nice beach nearby. Since our beach trip went so well we decided to try another adventure on sunday. We jumped on a train and headed south along the coast. Our goal was to head inland to get to a grouping of waterfalls. The place is near Iga just south east of Nara. We had to make an exchange but we seemed to figure it out pretty well. Once we got to the train station we started our walk. I had heard that once you get to the station you just walk and its all nice. However, ... read more
Nice Small Town
Random Marking
More Town Shots

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya July 14th 2008

I had planned for Sunday to be the day I took Nagoya castle and aquarium off the to-do list, maybe even the shrine or a braizen dash towards Matsumoto to suck in the view of its famed moated castle, alas neither of this did happen. Instead I had given in to jetlag of the highest order. Not managing to fall asleep until three in the morning I instead chose to waste the day away sleeping in late and not really doing much. In the afternoon I headed over to the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium - home of the Nagoya Basho tournament - to have a look around outside the arena and maybe catch a rikishi or two arriving at the scene. It was a blazing hot day but I soon found myself in a small crowd gathering ... read more
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
Nobori banners
Arrival in Yokozuna-style

Asia » Japan » Aichi » Nagoya July 12th 2008

As the Moomin-painted A340 descended towards Centrair, the major regional airport on an artifical island south of Nagoya, the sky seemed somewhat blueish in colour, but as we came closer and closer to the ground the sickly grey haze got more and more prominent and started to consume objects at the horizon, and then creeping steadily closer and closer. For some reason I have developed an idea that much of Japan (and other cities in Asia for that matter) seems to be consumed by this grey hunger. Buildings in drab concrete whites, beiges and greys don't add much spice to the variety either. On the other hand, this is more than compensated for by a colourful and interesting population. My philosophical wanderlust was swiftly whisked away by a breeze of hot air streaming towards my face ... read more
Why does this remind me of the corridors at my client's office?
The Fuji is not just a ship, it is a time machine
Chief Petty Officer's quarters

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