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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

City Life

I have to admit, my new life doesn't feel quite real. I don't know if it's just the strangeness of living in a large city, or just the fact that my life has changed so much this year. 

Right now, I'm sitting in a cozy, brightly-lit Starbucks watching people walk, drive, and bike through the autumn night. 

I'm nowhere near my neighborhood, and I don't feel at all like I'm home. It's more like someone dropped me in a weird movie set. Autumn in Nagoya, or something. 

Right here, right now, I really feel like I'm in a city. And the fact that I'm going to just pop onto a subway to ride home seems quite surreal to me. 

There are things I love about being in a city. But it is still not a familiar place to me! It will be interesting to see if I get used to this life over the next several weeks. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

I fought the weather…

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Well, basically. The arrow is pointing to a bay. I pretty much live at the top of that bay. As you can see, my prefecture is red.

I headed out this evening. People are always overly worried about weather. No problemo, right?

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That’s the top half of my umbrella up there.

I went home.

A Humble Fruit


Dear Friends, 

Today I want to talk to you about the humble kaki, a jewel of autumn. Every fall, this slightly square shaped fruit arrives in stores. The texture reminds me a little of mango, but the flavor has rich notes that are wonderful for fall. 

I love to slice up a kaki and eat it everyday! I already ate one for breakfast, but I kind of want to cut up another one so you can see the inside (no ulterior motive). The inside is solid orange, soft, and sweet. Yum!

This kaki season has been more exciting than usual, because here in Nagoya I can see kaki growing on trees! The first I saw was right here in my own neighborhood. Check out this tree! I need to make friends with this neighbor. 
I wanted to get closer, but I could hear rustling a from the property, and I didn't want the owner to think I was trying to pinch some kaki. 

If you ever have a chance to eat some kaki (translateId as a kind of persimmon), I highly recommend it!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life Underground

This may be my new blog title! No, not really. 

Living in the big city, I do feel like I spend a lot of time underground. I'm there now, actually. 

I live on the Meijo Line, which is the purple one. The Meijo Line makes a big circle, with other lines cutting in and out of it. There's a yellow line, a red one, a blue one, and a pink one. Right now, I'm on the way to the International Center to return my books, so I'm looping on purple almost halfway around. Then I'll switch to the red line to take me all the way in. 

Then, it was red to yellow and yellow to purple. Finally, home to Chayagasaka. 

You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
You will bring me up again. 
Psalm 71:20

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My new digs

Here are a few pix from around my apartment. It’s tiny, but it’s cozy. It’s so easy to get anywhere – lol. And it’s nice living in a place that’s clean (and has running hot water).

This picture cracks me up, because it makes the place look so narrow. It is, but this makes it look like you can’t turn around!

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Laundry room? Kitchen? Hallway? What is it?

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It’s so bright!

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The kitchen!

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Fridge, microwave, pantry, and part of the living area.

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Now that I’ve hooked up wifi, my computer is no longer smack in front of the TV. But sometimes I still put it there.

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Me being awed by my front door video monitor and intercom. Yeah, it’s pretty cool!

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The welcome box provided by my employers.

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Living room, dining room, and bedroom. And there’s a large cupboard/small closet under the bed.

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That’s my place!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The view from my classroom

So far, I barely have time to think, let alone blog. But here's the sunset view from my new classroom. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Not in Hokkaido anymore

This morning, my new coworker and I went to the station and met a Westgate employee who took us around for city registration and banking things.

We had to make a transfer at Motoyama Station. When we got off our subway, we found ourselves in a huge crowd of people. The people filled up the platform, and we didn’t really move. I was kind of confused. What, are we waiting for a speech or something? Every once in a while, we would creep forward a little. Based on where we were standing in the crowd, the elevator was our way up to the 3rd floor. When we finally got in the elevator, I thought we were free from the crowd. But when we got off the elevator, this is what we saw:

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Yikes!

I don’t think it will be like this everyday. Nagoya Station flooded today, and I think that’s what caused the backup at Motoyama Station.

It was an interesting start to commuting in Nagoya!