I decided to walk from Kurokawa into Sakae yesterday. I wasn’t sure if I’d make it all the way, but I was basically following the Meijo subway line, so I could always hop on the subway if I got bored or tired! It’s not far really, but it was bloomin’ hot yesterday!
When I saw this sign I couldn’t believe it! No wonder I was getting through the Pocari Sweat so fast!
I intended to just walk straight to Sakae, but when I reached Meijo Koen I couldn’t resist a peek inside. I was drawn in by this curious looking statue:
And soon found myself in a wonderful little summer paradise. It reminded me somehow of the past – like in movies about older, more innocent times. There were families everywhere, playing ball games, laughing, just enjoying Showa Day together. I couldn’t imagine England would ever look so happy and feel so good – there’d always been some gang of youths in the corner trying to make trouble or start a fire or something.
Baseball is huge in Japan!
There was even a cute windmill in the middle. Not sure why! It made it feel even more like a movie! haha!
It was really beautiful.
Meijo Koen is the park right next to Nagoya Castle:
I haven’t actually been to Nagoya Castle yet this time, but I did go two years ago.
I finally dragged myself away from the park and continued my walk. This map (here) will give you some idea of where I was walking. You can see Nagoya Castle at the top, then follow the purple line (Meijo subway line) down and you’ll see Shiyakusho station, which is actually so cool I took a photo:
Then follow the purple line down the right hand side of the page, through Hisaya Odori, to Nagoya TV Tower and Oasis 21.
Just before I got to the TV Tower I discovered something very cool indeed… Los Angeles. I’m not kidding! It turns out Nagoya is a sister city to LA, and so there’s a sort of mini-LA in Nagoya (it’s no wonder I loved LA so much when I went there last year!). Anyway, there’s this cool bridge:
And even a replica Walk of Fame!!
Even the view could be LA:
I find this really interesting, because when I went to LA last year, I thought Venice Beach was the closest I had ever been to Japan without being in Japan itself. It’s kinda crazy there, just like Japan. I also really felt that, if it wasn’t for the food and the clothes sizes, LA would be a pretty cool place to live. Well, I have the same problem with clothes here in Japan – but at least the food’s a hell of a lot better!
I’ve often wondered what the view from Nagoya TV Tower is like, so yesterday I decided to find out:
Of course, I finished my little tour with a Macha Frappuccino from Starbucks (my favourite!), whilst sitting in the Fields of Green park at Oasis 21.
What a beautiful day! 😀