On Wednesday I experienced my first typhoon. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. The ladies I work with told me that it was coming but they didn't seem too distraught about it. So I spent all day in my room until it was time for class.
The Second holiday was on Friday, the Autumn Equinox. To celebrate that day I decided to go to Sakae, a region within Nagoya. Sakae has a large shopping center and a incredibly beautiful park. I think the park has become my favorite place in the city. I also found out that Nagoya is the sister city to Los Angeles. I ended the day with a cheesecake...I had to give into my cravings.
Also, a couple of my brother's Japanese friends live about 30 minutes outside of the city. They contacted me this week and invited me to their farm to help harvest rice. Since I have never harvested rice nor been outside of Nagoya, I eagerly jumped at the chance. They sent me the information on how to get to their town by train. It was a bit of a nerve wracking experience riding the train for the first time but I made it. It was such a wonderful day! In the morning we cut the stocks of rice and hung them in the green house to dry out. After having a lovely lunch we went back out to the farm to sow some seeds. I can't explain to you how much this day was needed and welcomed. The soreness that I had the next day was well worth it. I hope go back out there again some time soon.
Here are some pictures of this week's adventure. Enjoy!
|Central Park in Sakae|
|A platform above the Shopping Center.|
|Replica of the Gilded Statue above Nagoya Castle|
|The rice that we harvested!|