Steve wasn’t feeling great today, so Blainie went in to Nagoya town on her own. Steve went a bit stir crazy in the hotel room, so ventured further out of Nagoya to the slightly more regional Gifu. Very quiet inGifu, and he had a peaceful walk up a mountain with views of the surrounds.
Meanwhile, Blainie fought off hoards of concert goers and shoppers in a shopping mall near Nagoya dome.
When they meet up that evening, the sensible was Ramen. They had vowed not to have Ramen again on this trip, but ippudo express was too tempting. So the Special Tonkotsu and Miso Ramen were ordered, and they became S-ton and Miso.
We went to Mei and Satsuki’s house today. The Real house from the animated film My Neighbour Totoro! I know; can you believe it! It was identical to the film, with all kinds of little details, like clothes in the cupboards, a working water well out the back. Dishes in the cupboards. Sorry, no photos allowed of inside. Pretty amazing.
Then, later, there was this big snowman.
Then, later, Steve visited the surface of Solaris 7.
Back in town for lunch, we had great miso katsu (a Nagoya specialty), and got to meet the poor little pig we ate (but he seemed fine about it).
Oh yeah, and then, right, we went to this bunny cafe. Bunnies.
Then, even later, we saw this eagle.
That’s probably enough for today.
Breakfast at the hotel, watching the trams go by and the people ride their bikes like maniacs before heading off to Nagoya.
In Nagoya we found the TV tower that looked eerily like another tower. That’s right — Tokyo tower. Helps get you a good perspective of a new city quite quickly.
Just doing some shopping, and looking for some dinner, and we stumbled into a photo exhibition of a one of our favourite Manga characters. Some of you might know it as Danboard, from the manga Yotsuba & !. Really cool, and a real bonus on our first night in.