Since the Japanese drive on the left as we do here in Australia, the main concern Superman and I have about driving in Japan is not being able read the street signs. I've been hunting for something which would allow us to learn them before we move but have had little luck till today (when … Continue reading Japanese Road Signs
This was our one really touristy outing - we really only had one day to ourselves. I have had various pictures of Nagoya Castle as my desktop for months so it was magical to be able to be there in person and take my own! The original castle was a small castle built in 1525 … Continue reading Nagoya Slideshow part 4 – Nagoya Castle
Requisite vending machine shot - yes that's canned hot coffee in some of those 🙂 Dotted all over Nagoya are what look like slot machine parlors and are filled to the brim with suit-and-tie salarymen at all hours of the day... in fact they are called 'slots' on many of the windows... … Continue reading Nagoya Slideshow part 3 – quirky stuff
Down on the streets in Nagoya it is mostly a lovely modern city with beautiful street art... This one you already know... I particularly loved this one outside an entrance to Toyota Midland Square building (Superman will occasionally have meetings here but will be working further down the street) Inside there are uber expensive … Continue reading Nagoya Slideshow part 2
So, we landed in Sydney at about 8 am local to find ourselves shivering in a 9 degree morning! It was somewhat of a relief though, since planes are always a little stuffy and the Hong Kong airport responds to the 28 degree evenings by having the air con at about 26 degrees (I'm told … Continue reading Nagoya Slideshow part 1
We have a home in Nagoya! At least the paperwork is going through for us to move in on the 19th of June!! It is in a hilly and quite green (for nagoya) suburb called Kakouzan which is about 15 minutes by train to Superman's station in the centre of Nagoya - we are really … Continue reading Stage One of Culture Shock “Euphoria” – underway!
There is something very strange about suddenly standing in places you have been looking at in pictures for months and months. Well, not exactly suddenly, it is a looong flight (9 hrs to Hong Kong and then another 3.5 hours in a small rattly domestic sized plane hehe) but still, compared to the time I've … Continue reading OMG we’re actually here!!!
Well, poor Brigie went off to the cattery this afternoon, the suitcase is as packed as it can be before the pre-departure showers, any liquids or gels required on board have been replaced by solid versions or decanted down to under 100ml and I very cleverly didn't get much sleep last night so I might … Continue reading On our way!
The Daily Yomiuri is a Japanese Newspaper which has an English version and is available online. I've been reading it since Superman first came home with the news that we might be moving to Japan. Recently they ran a comic contest (just a single illustration really, not even strips so I'm not sure comic is … Continue reading Daily Yomiuri Comic Contest