We are in our third week of life here in Japan and we continue to learn interesting things about the culture. Here are a few picture from our second trip to Nagoya. I'll just show you the pictures, tell you about them and let you observe the culture.
At the top right you see a young man with a traditional top-knot playing catch with some friends. All around them are skyscrapers. Every time we've turned on the TV, we have seen multiple interviews with baseball players. It is by far the most popular sport in Japan.
Here on the left is a banner advertising White Day. On Valentines Day all the women go out and buy men chocolate. The women get nothing on Valentines Day. One month later, on March 14th, the men buy women chocolate for White Day. Men have been receiving gifts for Valentines Day for quite some time but White Day was instituted in 1980 and became popular in the last ten to fifteen years.
They say Japan is a place where old meets new...
Below is a picture I was fortunate enough to take on the streets in Nagoya of a street musician and a lady passing out fliers for an event. The irony needs no further explanation.