Nagoya w/ Daiki
This cool person to the left is Daiki. The awesome thing about Daiki is that I met him in at the hostel I was staying at in Barcelona. I went to Barcelona for the sangrias, but he came with a much more noble cause– as an architecture student. It’s amazing how friends can be made anywhere in the world! We met up over Golden Week to explore Nagoya, where he lives.
There’s not too much to do in Nagoya but we managed to pack the day anyway. We first went to the aquarium in Nagoya. It was quite a strange experience. There were belugas… I’ve never seen a living one before. It was sort of exciting at first, but my heart quickly broke for them. Their tanks are so small and bare. Likewise for the dolphins and killer whales, I really think that they deserve a better environment to live in. Those three animals, in particular, were used in entertainment shows. Their trainers were not unkind, but there is still a power dynamic that is in place only because those animals have such limited means of living by.
On a more positive note, there were a bunch of excited babies running. I love listening to toddler speech, especially in Japanese. It is so unbelievably adorable. I, one-hundred-percent, am a creep when it comes to cute kids.「もうちょっと見たい〜〜。」(I wanna look a little more)。 The adults, on the other hand, kept commenting on how tasty everything is. I was looking at the octopus on display. Low and behold, immediately I hear 「美味しいよ」。(That’s tasty). Talk about dark imagery. Worst of all, right next to the jellyfish exhibit, the museum installed a display of sauces and recipes for cooking jellyfish. Rendered me just about speechless.
Afterwards, Daiki-kun showed me the shopping streets of Nagoya, which are not too different from the Shijo-Kawaramachi streets of Kyoto. He tried to help me shop for clothes, but the current Japanese style is really far from what I wear regularly so I didn’t buy anything. I did however, buy some toys and catnip for 三毛 (“Mikke”) and 桜 (“Sakura”). They’re so annoying. I love them. Oh! and we had strawberry crepes. Yum. One of my favorite things to get in the hot weather.
Finally, Daiki treated me to omu-rice. That was my first time. I wish I had a picture, but I don’t 😦 . We spent the hour talking about cultural differences but mainly the educational system. I wanted to learn more about Japanese education. Mainly, why was it so easy compared to my expectations? Entire post dedicated to Japanese Education to come.
From and To Kyoto
The best option, by far is via bus. The only option I would consider is via JR Bus. It’s cheap and convenient. After that option, I’d go for the Shinkansen which is a lot pricier. There’s the option of Kintetsu, which I took, but it costs nearly the same as the Shinkansen and is a lot more cumbersome. I accidentally arrived back in Kyoto too late, and the buses were all no longer running… 😦
Get the subway day pass!