Ran no Yakata

We had planned to go to Asuke today, but were a bit too tired to actually pull ourselves from bed before 11, so we gave up on that, since it’s about 2 hours each way. Instead, we found a pretty orchid garden nearby.

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Yagoto and Osu Kannon

On Saturday and Sunday, we visited Yagoto. We stopped there briefly Saturday to try a restaurant, and then returned Sunday to see the temple there.

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Ozone and Tokugawa-en

Ozone (pronounced “Oh-zoh-nay”) is a stop on the Meijo Line, which is the circular subway line. We went there to see Tokugawa-en, a pretty garden.

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Iwakura Road in Nakaotai

The area of Nagoya that we live in is called Kamiotai, which is right next to an area called Nakaotai. In Nakaotai, there is a very old road that’s painted yellow called the Iwakura Road. There are some old style houses and some temples and shrines along it. Yesterday, we took a walk there.

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Food and Gardening

This year I’m taking the plunge into super urban gardening with my balcony container garden. It’s pretty fabulous, if I do say so myself.

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Shirotori Garden

After visiting Atsuta Jingu, we headed over to Shirotori Garden, which is within walking distance of the shrine. Shirotori means “White Bird”.

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Atsuta Jingu

Today, Teddy and I went to Atsuta Jingu, the second most sacred shrine in Japan (the most sacred one is Ise). Atsuta Jingu is about 15 minutes by train from our apartment. It is 1900 years old.

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