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SIGHTS

Nagoya Castle * Nagoya Castle is a major tourist attraction for Nagoya. The Castle was almost completely destroyed in the air bombings during World War II. Nagoya Castle was reconstructed in 1959. The city's number one landmark, dating to the beginning of the 17th century and referred to locally as 'Nagoya-jo'




Nagoya TV Tower (* seen from distance) The oldest remaining TV tower in Japan with a design inspired by the famous French tower. Dominating the skyline and boasting superb views across much of the city


Nagoya Atsuta Shrine * http://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/en/intro/


Nagoya Station * Nagoya Station is the world's largest train station. Nagoya Station is the central focus of the city of Nagoya.



Inuyama Castle - the oldest central castle in the whole of Japan, overlooking the Kiso Ontake and Ena mountains.



Nittaiji Temple - famous for being the site that holds part of the actual ashes of Buddha Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism. The ashes and a gold Buddha statue were donated by the Thai King to the people of Japan.




Osu Kannon Temple * - stunning temple sited within the centre of Nagoya and featuring traditional bright red Japanese architecture at its best.



Kenchuji Temple
Kenchuji Temple was built in the 17th century. The main buildings of the temple are the Main Gate, the Bell Tower, the Onarimon Gate of Honor, the Main Hall, and the Sutra Hall.


Koshoji Temple



The three main shopping districts in Nagoya are the Sakae Underground Shopping Center, one of the biggest in Japan, between the basement of Nishiki Dori and Hirokoji Dori; the Nagoya Station Underground Malls (* passing through), Underneath Nagoya Station, and the area of Osu *, in Nagoya's old town.
http://nagoya-info.com/Shopping-Sakae.htm

TASTES
"Derauma" means "delicious" in the local language. Nagoya offers abundant choices of locally popular flavors that can also be enjoyed by visitors. Dishes made with miso (soybean paste), such as miso katsu (breaded pork cutlet), miso-nikomi udon (noodles), and miso oden (hodgepodge of stewed fishcakes and vegetables) are the most characteristic menus among the local specialties. Try hitsumabushi, a combination of rice and eel, in three different traditional serving manners. Tebasaki-no-karaage (deep-fried chicken wings) and tenmusu (tempra-style balls of rice) are among the popular casual foods that display local flare. Kishimen is a type of flat, flour-based noodle that makes a great authentic souvenir.

Miso nikomi udon


Tenmusu

Nori covered onigiri (rice ball) with tempura inside.

Miso katsu

Nagoya is famous for miso katsu, which is breaded pork cutlet covered in miso paste. You can eat it with shredded cabbage or on rice. A pork fillet is breaded, deep-fried and served with special sauce made from miso, dashi stock, and sugar. This is Nagoya's best-known specialty, perfect for filling a hungry stomach at lunch time.


Nagoya kochin

Nagoya is known as the home of a much prized breed of chicken known as Nagoya Cochin. Restaurants specializing in Cochin can be found throughout the city, offering stews, grilled yakitori, and even raw slices of chicken breast.

Tebasaki

Tebasaki are deep-fried chicken wings, and these are speciality foods in Nagoya region. After deep-fried, chicken wings are coated with delicious spicy sauce. The crispy skin and juicy meat goes perfectly with beer.


Hitsumabushi

This is a Nagoya specialty; Hitsumabushi is eel fillets cooked with soy flavoured special source on the charcoal, cut in small pieces and serve on the rice. Broiled glazed Eel on donburi, but with an addition of Tea, and pickes.

Kishimen

Flat, flour noodles are a longtime Nagoya specialty. It is a flat and wide noodle and is famous for its fine, palatable and smooth taste served in a soup of weaker soy sauce with deep-fried bean curd, green nappa and shavings of dried bonito. Often called "himokawa(leash)," kishimen is a perfect choice for a light snack.

Moriguchi-zuke

Long, thin Moriguchi daikon (white radishes) are pickled in mirin (sweet sake) and sake lees to create this delicacy.

Uiro


Uiro is known as Nagoya’s speciality sweet. Uiro is made of rice flour and sugar. Its flavour is not overly sweet, but rather delicate. It is less sweet than youkan (a Japanese-style sweet jelly made from bean jam).


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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Dazaifu, Fukuoka


my friend sakura took me to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine (Dazaifu, Fukuoka).
beautiful architecture & landscaping!! let's begin!!


zaru soba

sakura's lunch. zaru soba.
i wasn't in the mood for noodles so did my fav, kare rice!!


HOLD ON!! b4 u open dat spoiler!! which mask is it gonna B?!! alright, c if u got it right or not!!




































matcha (powdered green tea) & umegaemochi (local specialty, toasted rice cake with sweet bean filling).















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sigh, i want to go to japan now after looking at these pictures ~
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SilentArtist wrote:

sigh, i want to go to japan now after looking at these pictures ~


ecko-chan!! someday make it happen!! i know you'll enjoy it!! very friendly people!!

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Beautiful pictures as always!

But my question is... Did you hold the baby?

She is like an overload of cuteness!!!


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d0_ob wrote:

Beautiful pictures as always!

But my question is... Did you hold the baby?

She is like an overload of cuteness!!!




she was an overload of kawaiiness!!
naw... i didn't hold...wasn't no big deal...pic was enough.


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d0_ob wrote:

Beautiful pictures as always!

But my question is... Did you hold the baby?

She is like an overload of cuteness!!!




she was an overload of kawaiiness!!
naw... i didn't hold...wasn't no big deal...pic was enough.




Wow!
You really have some self control...
I wouldn't even think about it twice...
I definitely have hold her. Cause when it
comes to kids and babies I can't control myself.
I think they would have to chase me to get her
back... LoL! (just kidding)
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Mount Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture
Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan, and is among the largest in the world. It stands in Aso Kujū National Park in Kumamoto Prefecture, on the island of Kyūshū.




























hiru gohan at beppu (onsen city)!!


kawaii inu-chan!! ^_^
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woah...it took me a long time before seeing these picture.
now that i've seen it. soo beautiful..
I hope i can go to japan too...

i love those cotton bears...their so cute..
and also the baby...kaaawaaaiiii..she or he??? has a chubby rose cheeks..
thanks for sharing..
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