April 11, 2017
When we woke up Monday morning, Day 2, it was raining. Not like it rains back home in Utah where you might get a steady downpour for 20 or 30 minutes, but an island rainstorm where it’s gonna pour all day. And it did.
I was super excited to just get out and walk around, so I put on my raincoat, grabbed my umbrella, and went out for a walk. It was still pretty early, and since it was raining not many people were on the streets. I felt like it was another good time for a Live broadcast, and this time I went to Facebook instead of Instagram. My cousin Roshell (who also served her mission in Nagoya) saw that I was online and kept me company as I wandered around aimlessly in the rain. If you’ve got 20 minutes to spare, feel free to watch my broadcast.
After my walk I messaged Taka and asked him if he wanted to meet for breakfast – and he did! So we both got ready, and walked the short distance to Oasis 21 to meet him. It was still raining.
We arrived a little bit early and had a few moments to walk around the open-air underground shopping plaza. Most stores were still closed but a few restaurants were open. We met up with Taka and had breakfast in a cute little deli.
After breakfast Taka headed off to work, and Alicia and I headed back to our hotel to pack up our bags. For the rest of our stay in Nagoya we were going to be in an AirBNB a little ways out in the suburbs.
Unfortunately the rain put a damper on our Nagoya plans; I had wanted to go see the castle, maybe head down to the Port and see the Aquarium and other things to do down there. Instead, we spent most of it inside the massive Nagoya Station.
We left the hotel and headed for the Subway so we wouldn’t have to be hauling our stuff around in the rain. We were only a few stops away. When we arrived we found some more lockers and dropped off our big luggage, and then started exploring.
Nagoya Station is the largest train station in the world by square footage. It has 2 towers as well as underground shops and restaurants. It was the perfect destination for a rainy, dreary day. Our first stop was the Marriott Hotel Observation Deck on the 15th floor. It had a good view of the surrounding area. The towers ultimately go up about 52 floors.
Before too long it was time for lunch, and Taka was able and willing to come meet us. We ended up at this all-you-can-eat buffet in one of the Towers that had a good mix of familiar food and unfamiliar Japanese food. The plates were cool. Take a square, and then put a 3×3 grid of indented squares. Perfect for a buffet, honestly. The food was really good. Happy tummies all around!
After lunch we visited Bic Camera and the Takeshita Department store, both huge and covering many floors of the station. Bic Camera has just about everything electronic imaginable inside. Take Best Buy and multiply the inventory by 10,000. It was awesome. The department store was fun, too. I really love Japanese stationary, so many types of paper and writing things and envelopes and folders and things. So many cool things.
They had this kitchenware made from very flexible yet durable tin, called NOUSAKU. It allowed you to shape it any manner you wanted, from a flat plate to a tall vase. Really cool stuff, and kind of expensive. It was quite a temptation for Alicia.
In the basement of all this is a grocery store that we spent some time wandering around as well. Taka treated us to a smoothie that was pretty darn good. It was fun to see all the different foods and how they display food. Being in the basement of Nagoya Station it was definitely a higher end grocery store, with fancier foods.
Soon, we had to part with Taka for the second time that day, and it was time for us to head to the suburbs to our first AirBNB of our trip. We collected out luggage, and then hopped on the Higashiyama Subway line heading for Fujigaoka.
Our AirBNB was a small little apartment near the Issha subway stop. It was still raining when we arrived, so we had to find it in the rain. It took a minute, but we did find it, and were on the top floor. Opening it up was just like going in to one of the apartments I lived in on my mission – nearly identical layout and room size. Perfect place for us to stay for a few days. I love that we were on the top floor because that allowed me to get some city shots from the balcony.
After getting settled in, Alicia wanted to stay in for dinner, so we headed down to the corner drugstore and asked for directions to a grocery store. I couldn’t remember the word for it, so it took a few minutes to get the question across. The store was just a few hundred yards up the street, no big to walk!
That wrapped up our day! Unlike the first night, I didn’t go exploring after Alicia went to bed; there wouldn’t have been much to explore. But, I did get a night photo from the balcony.