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Monday, July 21, 2008

Nagoya on a Sizzling Summer Day

I spent my weekend in Japan’s third largest metropolitan region, the center of which is the City of Nagoya. It is 262 kilometers out of Tokyo and the fastest and most convenient mode of transport (which I took) is via the Nozomi or bullet train which takes about an hour an a half of first class travel.

I tried checking out the city despite the sweltering 37 degree summer heat.

Below are some of the photos I took of the city’s downtown which features the Nagoya Tower (a tv tower) and the Central Park (said to be inspired by New York’s). (The Nagoya Tower and Fountain)

(view from the top of the Nagoya Tower)

(Scenes at the Central Park)

("sake" drums used as decor in a sumo wrestling venue)

(plates of couples who were wedded atop the Nagoya tower)


(and the bullet train back to Tokyo)

20 comments:

BlogusVox said...

1.5 hours to travel 262 km? That's about 174 km/hr, ang bilis nga.

That's one thing I like about Japan, their oneness with nature. Looking at Nagoya where trees and greeneries exist side by side its ultra modern buildings. A well planed metropolis.

The Islander said...

great skyscrapers, great designs, great transpo. everything's great. now it would be great if i will be given the chance to tour japan. whew!

another checklist for my dream.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

sana maranasan ko rin ang makasakay ng bullet train!

halos lahat kasi ng train satin dati nasakyan ko na.papunta ng bicol,kaya lang di maganda ang view at pag minalas ka matatapunan ka pa ng basura sa mukha pag nagkataon i" lang kasi ang pagitan sa binta ng train at bintana ng bahay sa daan.

yung sa mrt at lrt naman dati,halos di nako makilala ng mga katrabaho ko tuwing sasakay ako papasok,siksikan at kahit maglaglag ka ng butiki wala ng makakagalaw.

madbong said...

looks like a nice trip bro, what's the story with the statue of the 3-legged dog (looks 3-legged from the camera angle)?

CARLO said...

I've been dying to go to Japan.

Nice pics. :)

Enrico was promoting your blogsite. Check ko daw kasi aliw mga posts mo. hehe

the donG said...

amazing structure! grabe talaga ang japan. they set the trends most of the time.

TENTAY™ said...

lahat ang ganda kahet yong payong. parang ang sarap naman magpakalayo layo papunta ng japan?

R-yo said...

blogus: yup! it's really fast! pero hindi mo mapapansin pag sakay ka na. ang galing nga. at tama ka dun sa consciousness ng Hapon to balance modernization and nature conservation.

insulare: dreams do come true! just wait...

ever: he he. nakasakay ka na pala sa tren going bicol. i wonder it was really like.

R-yo said...

madbong: it's really three-legged. i was told it was a reminder for road safety.

carlo: thanks for the visit. touched naman ako ke enrico, hehe.

dong: impressed talaga ako dun sa spiral building nila. ang galing!

tentay: why not? just give me notice para maikot kita. :-)

enrico said...

wow, pangarap ko dating makasakay ng shinkansen e. at maganda rin pala sa nagoya. :9

wanderingcommuter said...

i always wonder how is it being there in japan???? thanks for giving me a glimpse of it...

carlotta1924 said...

mukha talaga siyang central park. pati yung fountain kamukha nung isa sa mga fountains sa central park, yung palaging pinapakita sa mga movies =)

ang ganda nung kuha nung payong. ah luv it! =)

coldman said...

kailan mo ba ako iimbitahan sa Japan?

Lawstude said...

wow panyero. inggit naman ako. dapat siguro hanapin ko na lolo kong hapon para maitour nya ko jan. ganda ng mga kuhamo. pang propesyonal.

Keitaro Hanazawa said...

Summer din pala sa Japan ngayon? I've seen sa news na ni-lindol uli diyan. Hope you guys are okay.

R-yo said...

enrico: masarap sumakay sa shinkansen. lalo na yung nozomi. mas mabagal pa ng konti ang hikari.

wandering commuter: malay mo, one day, mapadpad ka rin dito...

carlotta: he he. you should know. new yorker ka e. yung payong? napagtripan ko lang dahil sa init!

R-yo said...

coldman: matagal na kitang naimbitahan. di mo naman problema ang pamasahe dahil rich kid ka naman. :-)

lawstude: ei! parang me lahi ka ngang Hapon! i research mo kaya. propesyonal ka dyan. abogado ka nga. bolero! hehe

keitaro: parang dinuyan na naman kami kagabi pero so far, ok naman.

Dakilang Islander said...

ohh man...i luv your photos! keep posting pics para busog ang mata ko palagi....heheh ganda ng mga skycrapers dyan

Ely said...

great structures, like the designs. siguro kung ndi prone to earthquakes, baka andyan din sana ang world's tallest building.

Rochelle said...

They have the coolest architecture there!! And that's a fast train!