Last February I ran Ekiden, a large running rally organized by local industry. I was able to run again this year and shave just over a minute off my personal time compared to last year. 5K was 26.23 min and improved to 25 min.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Keeping in mind Nagoya is a city that is about the size of Chicago and I live right in the center of the city... A couple of nights ago I walked over to a Japanese fast food place that serves cooked meats and vegetables over rice called gyudon or butadon. The restaurant name is Sukiya.
Sukiya's food is really good and really affordable, each plate is about $4. The restaurant is a room that has a counter that jet's out into the center of the restaurant from the kitchen. This evening only one person was working and he was busy in the kitchen and collecting cash as people left. As I was eating I looked up from where I was sitting at the counter and noticed one of the cash registers was in a state of being turned off and some accounting stuff going on. I also noticed the tray of coins next to the register, the coins along the right of the tray are $5 each (500 yen).
I thought leaving money on the counter was a once-and-a-while thing, but I visited Sukiya again for lunch and their it was, more unattended cash-money on the counter. Mid-day though, it was a lot less, mostly 50 yen coins and maybe three 500 yen coins.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
When you travel on the Shinkansen west from Nagoya, looking out of the left side of the train, you can see a large pagoda in the distance shortly after the train leaves Kyoto Station.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Two train stations are within easy walking distance from my apartment, 5 minutes to Kurumamichi and 12 minute walk to Chikusa. You can see the orange line through Aichi University, this was the shortest path to each station.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tojinbo is a series of volcanically formed rock clifts that run about 1km along the central coast of Japan on the Japan Sea side. You can take a JR train up from Nagoya or Kyoto, pass Lake Biwa and travel through Fukui prefecture to get there. But traveling through this part of Japan during the month of January is kind of 100% guarantee of heavy snow.
The cliffs are along the Japan sea and wind and rain can be really strong. At the base of the path leading to the cliffs is a sign letting you know you are there.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Kure is a port city southeast of Hiroshima. This city is famous for being a naval center through the end of World War II and for shipbuilding since then. It's easy to reach from Hiroshima station by JR train.
On display in the museum are original 2D pencil drawings of the Yamato, the drawings used to build this ship. It's kind of amazing to see these kind of drawings now-a-days, no 3D anything was used in the making of this ship.
The port is very busy today, making large ships for the transport of natural gas and other fuels. It also has ferries that run from the port to Hiroshima, Matsuyama and other places.