This weekend we get a three day weekend!! We are in the process of moving, so we only went one place this weekend, but it was beautiful! We took the train to Gifu, one of the neighboring prefectures, to see Yoro Falls.
But first, I have some other pictures to share. This week was the last week for two of our students. One will be starting at a Japanese school, which the other is moving to the US! They both gave all their classmates and teachers yummy treats.
These are from our first grader.
These are from our second grader. He wrote us notes, too! 🙂
Yesterday, we took our bikes to Sengen-cho to eat at Pupu Kitchen and to go to the giant recycle store down there. We got a really nice dish cabinet for only 5400 yen (plus a 1900 yen delivery charge). Pictures of our new apartment will follow at some point (not sure when though, since our internet connection can’t be moved until the end of the month!) 😦
The daily lunch set was not super fantastic this time. I always make an effort to eat everything as long as it’s vegetarian, but sometimes it’s pretty hard. In Japan, people really love slimy foods. I don’t. There were a couple of slimy things in this set, so that was kind of unfortunate. The main dish, the kidney bean balls, was delicious, though!!
Yoro is super easy to access from Nagoya. From Nagoya Station, it’s only 2 trains! (If you happen to be lucky and make the connection right, it’s only about 1 hour, too!)
Yoro, like a lot of Japan, had some pretty creeptacular spiders! This guy here was bigger than a 500 yen coin (which is bigger than an American quarter).
We thought the leaves would had been fully changed by now, but only some of the trees had turned! (We were not alone in this thought, either – I heard some Japanese people talking about this, too!)
The river leading to the falls was very beautiful.
Here we are walking along the river.
I feel like I always post horrific bugs, so here is a cute one! I have no idea what it is. Some kind of katydid, maybe?
Here is the required manhole cover picture! Some guy riding on a gourd with cherry blossoms on the side. The gourds seem to be famous in Yoro.
Here are the falls! Yoro Falls is in the top 100 most beautiful waterfalls in Japan list. Also, the water is filtering through chalk rock, and is believed to restore your health and youth. I was never more excited to clean my hands and mouth before entering a shrine once I read that. 😀
Here is a close-up of the falls.
Me in front of the falls.
Teddy in front of the falls.
The shrine near the falls had very cute enma (prayer tablets).
Here is another.
There were also prayer gourds.
After our hike, we had some yummy dango with miso-chestnut sauce (left) and sweet red bean paste (right). I liked the beans, and Teddy liked the miso paste best.
In Yoro Station, there were all kinds of Yoro gourds hanging from the ceiling above the platform.
After getting back to Nagoya, we walked around the station area a bit, and then had dinner at Isola, a pizza place.
We got the fresh tomato pizza and the arugula calzone. I was super excited that there was a calzone I could actually eat in Japan! They usually have meat in them.
Well, that’s all for now.