Last Wednesday morning, I got up at 5:30 in the morning. How early! It was because that a friend of mine came to Nagoya from Tokyo that morning. It was the third time to see him for me. I met him first in the cyber world. I mean, he and I started knowing each other through the Internet, so-called SNS (Social Network Service) last year, and I hadn’t met him in person until last August. Anyway, another friend of mine, who lives in my neighborhood and also has known him through the same SNS, and I went to see him together. 
All of us met at Nagoya Station around 7:30, and headed to Yanagibashi, where there are wholesales markets, especially of fish. Many fishmongers were coming and going there. We walked and saw around the market area, being careful to get in the way of them. And then we went to an eating place there because that time was about to go calm down and we expected that they would serve fresh fish for meal. Yeah, I was able to have some fresh cockles there.

     After breakfast, we went to a coffee stand and had some coffee there, and then went to Handa City by train. Because another friend of mine, who lives near Handa, was supposed to show us around Tokoname area, we went to see her there. The place arranged to meet her was at Red Brick Building in Handa.

      This building was built as a beer factory in 1898, and was used as a storehouse of Nakajima Aircraft Industries Ltd., the precursor of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., during World War II, when it was attacked by North American P-51 Mustangs, the fighter planes, flew from Iwo Jima, which became well-known by the two movies produced by Clint Eastwood last year. The building was registered as a cultural heritage three years ago. I wrote about the building last year, if you are interested in it, please take a look at the page, too: http://moshimoshimo.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!1D0F2197A6F55843!344.entry.

     After all of us gathered, we strolled around an old street nearby named Konya-Kaido, where there is an old rice cracker store and we dropped by.

     Then we headed for Tokoname, which is famous for potteries, especially teapots. And it has some sightseeing spots, for example Yakimono-Sampomichi (Pottery path), ceramic museums, or Centrair, the airport. We went to Yakimono-Sampomichi, which has many interesting places, for example old ceramic factories, pottery shops, and cafes and so on. Most of the shops and the cafes use old ceramic factories’ buildings. http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english/web/?wb_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftoko.or.jp%2Ftokoname%2Dkankou%2F&wb_lp=JAEN&wb_dis=2

     We had lunch at an Italian restaurant in Tokoname, and went back to Nagoya. We went to Iwasaki Castle and Goshiki-En, a temple, and it is really curious! I am going to write about the castle and the temple later on.

   We went to a café for a break, a restaurant for a dinner, and a karaoke for burning energy. And I came back home around 1:00 in the morning! Ahhhh, I had a really wonderful day together with my friends!


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