Tokugawa Art Museum and Gardens

Today we went to Tokugawa Art Museum with Dani and Cara. Unfortunately no photos from inside the museum but we saw a lot of great art from the Tokugawa period, such as images from the Tale of Ghenji. We also saw some amazing samurai armor and weapons, traditional kabuki costumes and old writing and tea ceremony implements.

I did however get some photos of the beautiful gardens! And after the last two freezing months the weather is starting to warm up, yay!

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Dani and Josh touching the koi!

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A turtle!!!

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A lovely elderly Japanese couple offered to take that one for us!

Nagoya castle and Zoo

Last Thursday Josh and I went to Nagoya Castle:

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The castle is surrounded by these huge walls as well as moats, most of the moats are empty now sadly.

The Castle is also home to beautiful gardens and the last of spring’s cherry blossoms.

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One of the guard houses:

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Nagoya Castle itself:

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It contained everything to grow a basil plant! The little soil tablet had to be dampened and when we did it swelled up into soil, so cute!

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Back inside the capsule, it acts as a green house!

Some origami butterflies I folded that night:

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The next day we went to the zoo. The cages were smaller than our nice zoos at home 😦 but the animals all seemed very active. A lot of them were quite old.

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Josh loving playing tour guide:

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It was a rainy day for the zoo, but that turned out to be a great thing as there were no queues!

Hanami

Josh and I, along with our friends Cara and Dani, enjoyed a chilly Friday wandering around Tsuruma Park, admiring the cherry blossoms!

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Enjoying fairy floss (a name the Americans found hilarious) and Takoyaki.

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A crane. The kanji for where we live translates to dancing cranes.

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Koi. I love koi!!!

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A turtle!!!!

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Photo Roll

So the last week and a half has been crazy busy with training. I guess that resolve to write everyday didn’t last long! But I have been taking photos, so here we go:

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Tea from the local supermarket. This has all been delicious! Blueberry flavor, strawberry and caramel, lemon, raspberry and blueberry, apple, white wine and muscat, peach and citrus… I think that’s all of it!

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Chocolate mousse desserts, one of my favorite snacks here 🙂

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Spoon from my cereal featuring Doraemon! I love that silly health things aren’t ruining the fun of cereal here. You can still get cute things in your cereal yay!

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Josh very excited that we found bacon, it is curiously square though!

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Flowers at Tsurumai park. From the train as it drives past you can see these are love hearts.

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The main entrance to Tsurumai park, a big pavilion and water fall.

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Cherry blossoms filled with buds and lanterns.

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Signs for the Hanami! That is picnic under the cherry blossoms.

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Cherry blossoms at night! People are having a picnic at night!

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The view from my train ride today.

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The first craft project I’ve bought 🙂 can’t wait to make these little guys!

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Delicious dinner Josh made me tonight 🙂 we got the recipe from a show where a guy cross dresses as a house wife and cooks a random family breakfast while the actual wife sleeps in… We decided it was more dinner than breakfast. The show is called Shingo Mama.

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To embroider or not to embroider?

I had planned on getting an embroidery machine when I got to Japan, but I’m not sure I can justify it, they’re pretty much just as expensive as at home. The sewing machines on the other hand are quite reasonable compared to home and there are quite a lot more to choose from. So I am thinking of opting for a sewing machine, because I miss mine like crazy! And because an embroidery machine is such a serious piece of equipment I think it should be more of a long term investment, something I get back home that I don’t need to ship back when it might get damaged in the process!

Suit up

Today was our first day of training. It was exhausting doing all the paper work but it looks like our job is going to be very exciting. Josh and I suited up for our first day of dressing corporate.

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Yesterday was White Day, where boys give girls a present. Today this rilakkuma tin was reduced, it’s full of delicious strawberry lollies!

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Okonomiyaki

We had a very quiet day today. Josh is sick with a cold and we had a tonne of washing to catch up on as well as getting ready for training to start tomorrow.

I went to the supermarket by myself today with no major hiccups, my only mistake was buying mandarins instead of oranges from the fruit stall below our apartment.

Even though Josh was feeling sick he still cooked us a delicious meal of okonomiyaki! Okonomiyaki is a cross between a crepe and a pancake and is served with kewpie sauce, like mayonnaise, and a BBQ like sauce. It was Hiroshima style, so a little different to what we’ve had before. It used eschallots, cabbage, bean shoots and pork and egg. It was so yummy! I can’t wait to try it at a restaurant too to see what else we could put in.

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I also used my fanta bottle from yesterday to put the roots from the challots in, so they should be growing in no time!

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