Nagoya Dreaming (Part 1)

Kosen Bridge in Tokugawaen, a Japanese Garden

It has been a minute! Work is always priority, and my energy fluctuates day by day. The air is chilly and dry, but I have still been able to enjoy some of Nagoya’s wonderful sites.

For starters, there’s a brilliant Japanese garden no more than a 10 minute walk from where I live.

Tokugawaen is a great experience for those who are looking for a moment to relax and think. I have only been once, but when Sakura season comes around (cherry blossom season) I shall definitely be making a visit! On any normal day, Tokugawaen only costs ¥300 (or roughly around $3.00) to enter.

Here are some shots from my visit to Tokugawaen!

This last one in particular was one of my favorite shots of the day. At the time that I took it, I was still relatively new to my job, and this garden was a good break away from all of the stress and anxiety of it. Maybe it is a little ham-fisted, but I get an enduring sense of optimism from looking at it!

I haven’t yet ventured beyond Nagoya’s limits, obvious reasons being what they are, but I’m hoping to encounter more beautiful gardens such as this one. One place that I have in mind is Kyoto. I’m hoping I can make a trip sometime in February. Maybe the weather will be just as good, if not better, than it was on this day!

As noted, this is only part 1! I will be posting more pictures of some experiences that I had from the previous month. I visited Tokugawaen back in early December, so the temperature is much cooler now than it was on this day. But sometimes I’m lucky enough to wake up to some sunshine. I’ll take what I can in these winter months!

4 thoughts on “Nagoya Dreaming (Part 1)

  1. What beautiful photos. It is so nice to have a glimpse into where you are and what you are experiencing.
    Look forward to the next post.
    Thank you for sharing.


  2. What beautiful photos Ian. You captured so much of the beauty you saw that day. I”m glad that you are able to get away from your everyday routine to refresh yourself in the sights around you. It must bring some peace to your soul. I’m happy that you choose to share it with all of us, so we can be a small part of your experiience.How is your classroom work going? Are you enjoying the job of teaching? And what group of students are your favorites?
    Are you able to get past the language barrier? Do alot of staff speak English?
    Are you learning to cook some easier Japanese dishes for yourself?
    Lots of questions for you, in case you have trouble finding things to write about.
    I miss chatting with you, but I’m so happy that you are content with your life there.
    Lots of love and warm hugs,

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  3. Beautiful pictures, they remind me of the Japanese Garden at Minnesota Arboretum! Only this is the real deal. Looking forward to your next installment.


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