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January 29, 2011

I started out for Nagoya on the 7:59 train; and from there it was an adventure. There was heavy snowfall outside of Nagoya, so the trains were running about 15 minutes late. On top of that, I had to wait about 20 min. for a train. I took the next available Hikari, whic...

January 28, 2011

Starbucks. Smokey ("You've Really Got A Hold On Me"), Marvin and Tammi ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), and the Queen of Soul ("Natural Woman") start the morning off right (the cute English-speaking barista was a plus!). Hopefully the Japanese didn't mind the lip-syn...

January 21, 2011

Today I set out for Nagoya Castle fairly early, since it was one of the few things that opens earlier than 10 a.m. It was literally right outside the subway exit (Shiyakusho on the Meijo Line), so finding it wasn't a problem. The sky was blue and the sun was out, but i...

January 16, 2011

The morning after my all-day cooking marathon, I decided to check out Osaka Castle, which was previously closed for the New Year holiday the last time I was there in December. I started by strolling around the castle park looking for cherry blossoms, then made my way p...

January 15, 2011

I started out for Noritake Garden (after a fortifying nonfat Cafe Mocha from Starbucks) on a cool grey morning...didn't see sunshine for the rest of the day, but it was still warmer than yesterday, when we had flurries on base. The Noritake complex is about a 15-minute...

January 10, 2011

Today was dedicated to exploring more of Nagoya, starting with...Starbucks. Followed by Tower Records, then Nagoya / Boston Museum of Fine Arts, which is currently hosting a collection of over 140 ukio-e (woodblock) prints. These prints, hundreds of years old, are full...

January 5, 2011

So I showed up for the Lower Intermediate class, which ended up being waaaay too intermediate and not enough lower. The Civic Center is a very impressive building given the size of Komaki; it has a neat room with an indoor Japanese garden complete with stone lanterns a...

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