Today I was hanging out with the craziest Japanese friend I have: Maiko. She recently went to Australia for a home stay, but she’s been back for a while so it was about time to have do some serious catching up and hanging out!
So today she took me to her university in Nagoya. She’s graduating in March, which means that she’s free of classes now, yeah the Japanese university system doesn’t make much sense to me. But she still has her university ID so she could still enter all student-only areas, and have me tag along.
After a quick tour of the campus and a sneak peek into one of the university’s too-boring-to-attend-according-to-Maiko lectures, we went down to the cafeteria to get some really cheap (¥ 350) and tasty Japanese food.
Maiko wanted to check out this blog, so we went to one of the data-processing rooms the university has to pretend to be studying while we were really looking at my pictures and movies and eating chocolate. Which was a lot of fun, until a professor who had snuck into the computer room unnoticed (by us anyway) suddenly started teaching a class with us sitting in front of the classroom… We got out of there as quickly as we could!
The university has a building that is 75 meters high, and is named Building 75, which has a top floor heated observatory with couches and a great view of Nagoya. Looking down on the neighborhood, I was slightly shocked when I saw the next-door cemetery which is immensely large. I’ve never seen anything like it! This picture only captures part of the gigantic cemetary:
A couple of hours later we went up to the observatory again, to tease the couple trying to be romantic up there with our giggles and babbles and to enjoy the beautiful night view:
Around dinner time we met up with about 15 of her fellow students and one of her professors for an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party at a nearby restaurant. I was planted smack-dab in the middle of the table on a big pink pillow (we were sitting on the floor), so that everyone had a chance to try out their English on me. It was a lot of fun meeting all of her friends, even though a lot of them had problems conversing in English and I have big problems conversing in Japanese.
From left to right, all around the table: Mr. X (forgot his difficult name), Takamasa, me, Maiko, Yuka, Yuriko, Sayako, Real Pooh (his nickname because he resembles Winnie the Pooh), Asahi-san, Kenji, Misori, Nori, Kenta and Keisuke at Sakuraya. The professor had left by the time we took this picture.
After a long trip on three different trains, we ended up back in Inuyama just before midnight. Can’t wait to hang out with Maiko again! But first I’m going home for the holidays next week and after I return to Japan I have three Bon Jovi concerts to attend in Nagoya and Tokyo!