Week fourteen (June 26, 2005)
Around the block in Nagoya
I went on various strolls around my apartment near
the train station of Hoshigaoka, all the while carrying my camera and
recording what met my eye. Later, I started venturing into the city center
and take pictures of the (sadly mostly rather uninteresting) Nagoya cityscape.
A short word about history: Nagoya was planned by shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and constructed
as a castle city in the year 1612. The city
was heavily damaged by bombs during the second World War. Even though
the reconstructed city of Nagoya is now inhabited by over two million
people, it certainly doesn't radiate the air of a metropolis. The local
industry includes Toyota (whose homebase is located in nearby, well, Toyota city)
and Brother Industries; Japan's third largest city has the atmosphere
of one large small town, dominated by manufacturing industry instead of
Southeast view from the Towers Panorama House
East view - the
site can be seen faintly upper left
In and around Hoshigaoka: The area where I lived was
not in the middle of nowhere, it featured a Mitsukoshi store, the Hoshigaoka
Terrace with lots of fashion stores and a bowling arena, and a Yamada
electronics store. Certainly not the worst place to be stuck it, even
though I didn't really have time to explore the area.
Around my home.
The apartment house where I live
Nagoya has its share of drab places. Some views are
so desolate that I didn't even dare to take pictures because it would
be too depressing. For example, take the Tomei expressway that cuts through
the city near Hongo. This multi-level concrete bridge construction razes
through the cityscape and pushes down your mood with its weight whenever
you pass it (which, for me, is every day).
Next week: Japanese