Pizza Party and Toyota City

This past Friday, Teddy and I hosted a pizza party for some of the teachers at our school. We provided pizza, wine, and tiramisu, and asked everyone else to bring something to share.

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The Japanese teacher brought really delicious fried tofu broiled with miso glaze.

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The party guests with the sides and appetizers!

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Yummy, yummy food!

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Everyone is excited about the pizza! We had tomato, roasted red pepper, and cheese, and hummus, cheese, eggplant, tomato, and roasted red pepper pizzas!

The next morning, Teddy and I got up early to go see the shikizakura (special cherry blossoms that bloom in spring AND fall). We took the Subway/train to Toyota City, and then took a bus to Obara. There was a long wait for the bus, so we explored around Toyota Station first. We went to see the Toyota Art Museum. A lot of the art museum was outdoors (we did not go in).

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First, here is the manhole cover design for Toyota. I thought it was a cute design!

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There was a really cool outdoor display of various mirrors facing the artificial pond. There were many beautiful trees around the pond.

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I took this in one of the mirrors.

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Sometimes, there would be a misty spray of water from the pond walls.

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When we were leaving to go catch our bus, we saw this cute little guy!!

The bus ride was supposed to be an hour, but it took like two because of traffic. It was pretty awful. We actually got off the bus and walked the rest of the way when we saw a sign saying that the park was only 2 kilometers away. We literally got there right before the bus did. Walking.

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Along the way, we saw the Jesus shack. I thought it was kind of funny that they had a “Those who believe in Jesus will be saved” board out in the middle of nowhere in Japan.

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These are some shikizakura we saw on our way to the park. (That’s right – I even took pictures on the way and we STILL beat the bus).

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The Japanese word for these kind of maple leaves is momiji.

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Shikizakura on a background of momiji!!

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Your dog’s poop is not allowed – not even if it *is* golden.

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We had a lunch of gohenmochi and chuhai.

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I also had a taiyaki.

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The flowers and leaves looked beautiful in the sunset. It really brought out their colors!!

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We saw these scarecrows while hunting for the bus stop.

Unfortunately, we missed our bus and had to wait almost an hour and a half for the next one in the dark, in the cold. 😥 I still really liked seeing the shikizakura, though!!

By the time we got back to Toyotashi-eki, it was super dark, and they had their Christmas illuminations all lit up.

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That’s all for Toyota! The next post will be about Nagoya Castle!


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Lange
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 23:00:38

    Jen, was the pizza party at your home? Lovely pictures, wasn’t aware cherry blossoms could bloom in the fall. We are getting 3-6 inches of snow for Thanksgiving! 🙂


    • Jen
      Nov 26, 2013 @ 07:36:10

      Yes, it was at our new place! I didn’t know about shikizakura, either. I found out about them when researching where to find the nicest leaves.


  2. Marie Elder
    Nov 27, 2013 @ 00:41:20

    Snowing like crazy here….you Mom is trying to clean off the car so it doesn’t freeze up.


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