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International student's Japan experience report Tour of Nagoya city

Antonella Celestina Scafone

Rome, Italy

My name is Antonella Scafone. I come from Italy and I am studying at Nanzan University as foreign student. In March the CJS office offered us the chance to take a day trip around Nagoya.

On morning of the 11th of March my friend and I were picked up at our dorm and went to visit some of the most important places of Nagoya.

First of all we went to the Atsuta Jingu. It was nice walking inside the temple. The beautiful park that surrounds it was also relaxing. In this temple is enshrined the sacred sword of Amaterasu, one of the three Imperial symbols of Japan.

Next to the inner shrine we also had the opportunity to see a traditional Japanese wedding. It was interesting to see how they act during the ceremony and to look at the traditional dress they wear.

After a lunch in a restaurant famous for its eel meal, we went to Osu Kannon, maybe the most famous place in Nagoya for its nice shops. There is also a temple. It is not so big but the atmosphere inside is very moving.

The next place we visited was Nagoya Castle. Inside we could admire some replicas of the old city of Nagoya and of sliding shoji. It was also funny because we could ride a replica of kinshachi, the tiger headed fish that is at the top of the castle and is used for fire prevention.We also went to the Toyota Museum. In Italy Toyota is famous just for producing cars so when I entered the museum and they explained to us that they also made machinery to loom cotton, I was very surprised. There we also saw a funny robot playing a trumpet. The last place we visited was Midland Square Skydeck. From the top of the tower we had a nice evening view of the city.

To end the day, we had dinner in a Italian restaurant where everything was very good. That was my day with my friends and the CJS staff in Nagoya. I am happy to have had this opportunity because I was able to discover some sides of the city that I did not know.