A Semi-Week off from Work and Birthday Celebrations

Hey readers how’s it been?

Don’t worry this won’t be another update post. In fact this will be a kind of diary of what I did last week for my birthday celebrations.

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Change of Direction

As the title says I’m going to be changing the direction of this blog. As it stands my blog is about my life in Japan and my progress on my writing course but as of late I haven’t been able to do anything in regards to studying and my Japanese topics are getting less by the month.

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Using Japanese

Living in Japan for almost nine years you would expect my Japanese to be relatively close to native level or perhaps you would think it’s at a decent level to do business and have daily conversations with my fellow Japanese friends without any worries.

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Walking, Riding, and Driving in Japan

Getting around Japan can be easy what with the local transportation and the Japan-Railpass that is offered to us foreigners. The idea that Japan is easy to navigate can be found all over the internet and the truth be told that as a foreigner from an English speaking country I never found it difficult finding my way around. The signs and even some of the announcements are followed up in English and most recently in the last few years a number of other languages have been added. So there is no need to worry if you can’t read the Japanese signs or understand the announcements.

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My Son’ s Primary School Opening Ceremony

When our son started primary school and on his first day we all were invited to go to the school opening ceremony. The dress code was for all parents to be dressed up in their Sunday best and it seemed that most of the mothers tried to out dress each other. I was in your average plane black suit, white shirt and tie.

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A Walk around Osaka Castle Park

I follow the crowd as they make their way to the gates of the station. I notice an elderly gentleman dressed in blue uniform standing off to the left shouting to everyone to,” walk towards the exit in an orderly fashion “as he holds a megaphone to his face. One by one we go through the gates placing our train cards on top of the ticket swipe machines.

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Another Walk Around Osaka: Pictures Only

Osaka (3)

So the title says “Another Walk Around Osaka: Pictures Only” but I have added text to this blog. The reason that I have done this is due to the fact that I suck at creating only photo blogs. I have tried to make this blog look nice but I can’t seem to work it out. So if anyone out there with the skill to enlighten me on how to do this is more than welcome to contact me.

Osaka (1)These photos are of me having a nice walk around Osaka on a cold Sunday morning. I thought I would try and capture the essence of downtown Umeda. The photo to the right was taken as I walked out of Osaka JR station and walked towards Fukushima and Noda Hanshin.

Osaka (4)On the left is a nice office building with lots of pane windows. A number of large office buildings in Umdea are half empty with only a few businesses residing in them. If you go to one of many restaurants nearer Osaka JR station and choose one that is on the 10th floor of an apartment building you can see a number of these office buildings with floors completely stripped down to just their concrete floors and columns.

Osaka (6)On the right is picture of me strolling down the street after having lunch at the Outback; I had a cheeseburger and chips which went down nicely.

Osaka (10)A decaying building on the left and at first glance it looks at some point a construction company had halted the building of whatever this was going to be. The rust and colouring of the concrete gives off the impression that it’s been like this for a number of years. I wonder if it is safe and not about to fall down on the tightly packed buildings surrounding it?

To answer my own question I decided to take a closer look and found out that the building is being used as a cheap car park. The ground and second floors are only in use.