I am staying in
the beautiful city of Okazaki, located in the southeastern plains of Aichi
Prefecture. It is fairly large, with a population of over 375,000 people. The
nearest major city is Nagoya, which is around half an hour away by train.
Okazaki has a wide variety of buildings. Some houses are very modern, but some
are so old I’m surprised people still live in them. There are also some small
factories, hotels, and restaurants.
There is a large
shopping center with an Aeon Mall, Don Quijote, Daiso, and other major Japanese
retail stores. The Aeon mall has a movie theater, a large bookstore, and
hundreds or shops and restaurants. I would recommend the Takoyaki shop in the
tourist attraction in Okazaki is Okazaki Castle. It is known for being the
birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu (Founder of the Tokugawa shogunate). Around the
castle is Okazaki Park, which is a famous site for viewing cherry blossoms,
wisteria, and azalea. There are also some teahouses and a Noh theater nearby.
In August, there is a large summer festival that takes place here.
attraction is the Hatcho Miso Factory, which I will cover in later post. It
produces Akamiso (red miso), an Aichi
My school, Aichi
Gakusen, is also located in Okazaki. Near the campus is the Yahagi River. The
riverbed is incredibly beautiful, and it’s one of my favorite places in
Okazaki. It's a great place to go on a run. You can also bike along the river
road if you’re not afraid of biking near cars. There are also some rice paddies
near the school.
craziest part of Okazaki is the city mascot. Its name is Okazaemon. It’s very kimochi-warui (creepy) but after
spending some time in Okazaki and seeing it on signs and products, I have grown
fond of it.