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Part 2 - Free Time - My Junior High School Blog

So in September there was a lot of work to be done at the school - but the weather was beautiful too, so in my free time I travelled a lot too. At first I continued to visit quite local places like Katata...


but those 4 pictures are ALL of the interesting things to see in Katata I think, so I doubt I'll be going back there.

Soon it was Silver Week and I had more free thime and could travel further than away - so in one week I went to Kyoto, Osaka and Nagoya!

That was great - First, I went to Kiyomizu Diera in Kyoto. I visited Kyoto for 3 days two tears ago and saw many of the famous temples then, but Kiyomizu I had not seen but knew it was very famous.


I walked up to the temple by the longer way through the graveyard, which is very different from English style Gothic graveyards.


I'm glad I went this way because I stopped at a small shrine and had a nice conversation with a monk who introduced me to his cats :-)


The views from the temple were wonderful and the huge wodden supports holding up the building really impressed me.




I also had an ineresting meeting with some high school students from Tokyo who were interviewing visitors to Kyoto for their English lesson project - they were very surprised when I told them I lived in Shiga Ken!


The next day I went to Osaka with one of my JET friends, Leila Sensei. This was my first time in Osaka, but Leila had heard about some good places to hear live music and also a Gothic music club - which we were both interested in visiting. So first we just explored the area around the club


and did a bit of shopping (New boots!!)

Then when it began to get dark we got changed into clubbing clothes


then went back out to explore the Osaka night life - Osaka is a really lively, exciting place with a very lot of alternative culture that makes it more interesting than Kyoto as a place to go out in - though Kyoto has much better places for sight seeing! I loved the feel of Osaka, it really feels like a place where anything can happen!


I hadn't been to a club for several years as I don't drink and don't like people smoking, so I have to love the music and dance a lot if I go to a club. I was very happy at Club Neo though - the people were really interesting, the Gothic clothes were better than I'd seen in Gothic clubs in England and I danced most of the night!


That night I stayed in saka in a hotel and the next morning off to the train station - and next stop Nagoya!


My big reason for going to Nagoya was to finaly meet my Japanese penfriend who I wrote to from Slovakia. Her name is Hanako and we had agreed to meet with some of her friends and that they would show me around Nagoya.


Hanako (On my left) and all her friends were really nice and I saw many interesting things in Nagoya thanks to them


I even saw the pop stars AKB48 meeting their fans - I had no idea who they were then though :-)


I had a great day thanks to Hanako and her friends careful and kind care :-) But soon it was getting dark and time to travel back home again!


And that was the end of Silver Week.

Well - more happened in September than I can easily write about here - but here are some more photos from things I did in September :-) Enjoy!


Posted by DKJM74 20:31

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