SAKURA in Nagoya! & the dangerous ‘Toys’

 Nobody goes to Nagoya

Japan has entered its so called the poignant ‘Sakura season’.

I recently visited Nagoya, a city of 2.26 million located in the ‘center’ of Japan’s largest Honshu archipelago. The world’s largest automobile maker TOYOTA is headquartered there as some of you may already know.

The fastest Shinkansen ‘Nozomi’  connects Tokyo and Nagoya in just over 90 minutes. But if you are not in such a hurry, ‘Hikari express’ would be fast enough with a comfy ride of approximately 120 minutes.

Despite the fact, this medium sized city (about a half the population of Singapore) is widely ‘ignored’ by the majority of foreign tourists unfortunately. Spaniards and Canadians heading for Kyoto-Osaka from the capital don’t care to bother hopping off the Shinkansen on its way to explore the ‘TOYOTA HQ CITY’ which is a big pity.

I say so because the place is not only about ‘cars’ . It’s like a ‘box of chocolate’ with extraordinary originality and cultural history. Moreover, taking into account that ‘quite a few’ of you foreign tourists purchase  the Japan-Rail-Pass, I don’t understand why you don’t make the best of it – yep, no matter how many times you hop and off the Shinkansen, the price stays the same!

Let us move on.

Since now is the famous cherry blossom season, if you dare to visit Nagoya I recommend you drop by the Tsurumai-Park, the oldest western style park in the region that was set up way back during the Meiji era in 1907.

That’s only two years after Japan prevailed over the Russians in the pivotal Russo-Japan war. Though the victory may have been skin thin deep, it was indeed a historic game changer that crucially influenced the course of modern history. ‘North Korea’ probably wouldn’t have even existed had Japan been vanquished in that battle led by the legendary Japan Navy admiral Togo Heihachiro.

Anyways, here’s one pic I took.

 

Though the sky was a little cloudy, the pink petals were ready for Japan’s intrinsic entertainment.I didn’t see any Russians with a can of Asahi, but I did see quite a few foreigners – which to me looked as though they weren’t ‘tourists’ but residents. They all smelled so ‘local’.

Hop on the Chuo-line from JR Nagoya station, and you’ll arrive at the Tsurumai station in just 15 minutes. The huge park is right there the moment you hop off!

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