After the automatic machine checkout from Shinjuku Washington Hotel, we grabbed our baggage and headed for the subway to Nihon-Odori station to have a look at the Yokohama International Passenger Terminal in Kanagawa Prefecture.
This day was actually Halloween and it looked like everyone went trick-or-treating somewhere else, as there weren’t many people here. The architecture, however, was pretty impressive considering that it was reconstructed in 2002.
We then used our Japan Rail Pass for the Shinkansen to Nagoya. (Actually, we started using our JR Pass since getting it on Day 3. We did pay a hefty price for it after all. It was a little inconvenient, though, as we had to show the station operators our pass in predetermined locations rather than scanning it over the regular gates.) You could tell the bullet trains traveled at hyper-speed when they bypassed stations on full throttle. The generated wind can possibly blow you off your feet. And you’re not safe inside either, since you can’t stand properly so you have to be careful when you’re walking to the end of each car for the toilet or the snack machine.
After some interchanges, we got off at Shin-Toyota station to our next destination, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art.
We were greeted with tall gates and large artificial water features. One of my classmates coincidentally had her birthday on Halloween and she really liked this water-featured landscape. Was it because of this place that she decided to hold her wedding 2.5 years later in an equally water-featured Sheshan (佘山) in Shanghai?
As we had a long day, we didn’t care too much about finding the best restaurant in Nagoya, and instead went to the one closest to our hostel. The food was typical, but what made the visit special was the Northern Chinese-immigrant waiter. Even though I could only understand 5% of the Mandarin spoken, I could tell through the body language that he really missed talking with Chinese and that he probably haven’t visited his hometown in quite a while. The story of how and why he came to Japan should be an interesting one. Whether he’s an exchange student doing a part-time job after studying or whether he intentionally came to Japan for a new life; only he knows.