On the third day (April 30), my friend had to work so I took “Sakura-dori Line” to Nagoya Station by myself. The hotel I stayed was in Marunouchi 丸の内, 2 stations away from Nagoya Station. I started my lonely trip around noon, it’s a bit scary since I could not speak Japanese and not many Japanese could speak English neither. I was standing at the platform in Marunouchi Station for a few minutes since I forgot which direction to take L A train came, probably the right one … Just jump on! In worst case scenario, I could take opposite direction if it was not Nagoya Station after 2 stops. 死就死la, 最多坐返對頭車如果搭錯咗!
Luckily it was the right train J I browsed Takashiyama department store, Meitetsu department store, an underground mall, and the souvenir stores in Nagoya Station. Even though it was Monday, the department stores were busy due to the Golden Week. Domestic economy was strong in Nagoya, I saw many local customers and local tourists carrying bags of goods. I hardly ran into any foreigners except four Caucasians and three Cantonese women.
I was like a silent lady there 啞女, sometimes staff talked to me or gave me sample to eat when I was paying attention to a particular product. I could only reply by smile.
In the evening, we had dinner at Vertex Garden in Kanayama again. The ambiance was quite nice with delicate food in small portions. It was pricy though, around CAD 50.00 per person. The dishes included sashimi, shrimp, asparagus, Japanese steak, tofu, eggplant, sea urchin, special rice and soup, dessert top with raspberry sauce, etc.
In Chinese Buddhist temples, I normally light the incense, pray in front of Buddha statues, bow three times and stick the incense into the ash container. In Osu Kannon Temple, we are supposed to wave the heat from the large container with some burning fire toward our body, then go into the main hall 仏堂, throw coins into offering box, clap hands twice and pray in front of the Buddha statue. Some visitors rang the bell to get Buddha’s attention before the pray.
Same as Atsuta Shrine, I found ema and omamori 御守 in Osu Kannon Temple. Omamori are Japanese amulets made with the name of the originating temple or shrine on the front and a charm on the back. The common ones I saw were traffic safety, good health, good study and good luck in love.
Unlike Atsuta Shrine, I saw many sculptures and some Buddhist scriptures 佛經 in the temple. From the travel book I read, Osu Kannon Temple houses 15,000 books including the oldest manuscript of the Kojiki which describes the ancient Japanese mythologies.
There were plenty of pigeons in the front yard of Osu Kannon. The temple offered bird food for ¥ 50 and a mom asked her small boy to feed a bunch of pigeons.
Here’s a Hong Kong restaurant I found in Osu shopping arcade.
Osu is a place with variety of restaurants such as Taiwan bubble teas and Italian spaghetti. An interesting one I passed by was a Turkish restaurant called Mega Kebab!
We took train to Sakae 榮, another busy downtown district other than Nagoya Station, for dinner. Maneki-neki (lucky cats/招財貓) at the entrance of a shopping mall in Sakae, let me have a picture with them! I saw lots of maneki-neki at the luggage pickup in Chubu Centrair International Airport but didn’t have chance to take photos.