Some people travel to look at old, historical buildings. Some people travel to get away from reality. Some people travel to find themselves.
In case you haven’t looked at some of my other posts on this blog, I travel to eat everything I see.
So I left off from eating ramen at Nagoya station. My friend and I traveled back to Sakae station for a little rest and then to see two famous architectural pieces of Nagoya, Oasis 21 and Nagoya TV Tower.
But before we do anything, let’s head to the combini for a light pick-me-up.
Tastes better than it looks. The tart casing was nice and crisp (not soggy at all) and the filling was coffee flavored whipped cream. What’s not to like about this combination? We finished it off in seconds and then took a much-needed nap.
We woke up at approximately 7:30pm and headed to a nearby department store to hit the sales. In Japan, the department stores hold mind-boggling sales starting at approximately 7:30pm, right before they close at 8pm. If you’re short on money but want something delicious, attack the dept. stores at this time. Sometimes the bentos will be more than half off, if you’re there at the right time. For dessert, we got a chocolate glazed donut, not pictured above. I thought kinako (ground bean) donuts were unique though.
Okay, so after feasting on our catch from the dept. store, we cleaned up everything and headed towards Oasis 21. But, there was a slight problem. We had heaps of trash from eating so much food, but there was no trash can to be seen. We decided to walk towards Oasis 21 to scour for a trash can.
The TV Tower can be seen quite clearly from the top observation deck of Oasis 21. If you don’t want to waste your money on the fee to go to the observation deck in the TV Tower, just take pictures of the TV tower at Oasis 21, and then go to Nagoya Station’s Midland Square (42nd floor) for free! For a nice aerial view of the city.
As I was taking these pictures, I was holding a large bag of trash around with me. Maybe that’s why Japan is so clean… No trash because there are zero trashcans. So people just don’t eat outside. Bleh I don’t know, but there is a serious lack of trash cans in Japan as well as in Korea. Sometimes I have to hold an empty take-out cup of coffee for a couple of hours because there is no trashcan to be seen.
There is a great big patch of grass in front of Oasis 21, and my friend and I spent a good 20 minutes or so taking a billion selfies with my handy dandy hand-held tripod. We probably stood out like a sore thumb among the dozens of loving couples around us.
We headed to the ground floor and found ZERO trashcans. So we had no choice but to throw away our stuff in the trashcan in the bathroom. Please Japan, it would be helpful for you to allocate trashcans around the city.
We decided to skip out on going to the TV Tower observation and go to the combini for some late night snacks instead. Like I said, I eat a lot.
I finally tried the famous melon-pan, named not because the bread contains melon, but due to its interesting shape. Tastes like a version of Korea’s soboro bbang. The combini version was pretty good; sweet and delicious.
Stay tuned for my last day of adventure in Nagoya!