Jostling with the crowds
Trip Start Mar 18, 2003
55Trip End Apr 08, 2007
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Naturally though, as an eikaiwa drone, Saturday's a work day for me, and in central Nagoya, no less
My ever-resourceful better half happened to think of a better idea. Well, her grandmother actually is a Gifu native, so it turned out that she knew of another option on the bus end. It just so turns out that if you think out of the box (no mean feat over here sometimes!) and head down the road a bit, you can pick up a normal bus, sans queue, that takes you in the same direction. Same cost. So, we do so and get there likely a half hour before the other lackeys that would rather follow the herd. Kudos to Mayu!
30,000 is a big number, but it didn't take long for me to figure out how they hit that mark
The turn-out was frankly ridiculous though. There's one way to guarantee constant turn-out of people from any corner of Japan: put an event or sight on some list. Anyone that's been to any of the "Top Three Gardens," "Three Great Views" and so on would know that the Japanese love lists. Don't even get me started on the obsession with UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the pinnacle of lists to many Japanese). Apparently the Nagara-gawa fireworks festival is ranked number two on the "Top Three Dynamic Fireworks Shows" or some such. Boom! Instant fame! Wisely we opted to bring our own food rather than attempt to hurdle over the writhing masses and pay for over-priced street stall grub. Doubly wisely, we hit the road at breakneck speed the instant the festivities ended. Gifu's all well and good, but I'd rather not be forced to spend the night there.
Now it's wind-down time before summer vacation starts. Four more days of classes, then it's off into the blue with Northworst Airlines. For the first time in over a year and a half, I get to go back and check on life in Oklahoma. It's always interesting to go back. It's even more interesting to see how little changes sometimes. I'm in for a busy visit though. The whole family will be there (at predictably out-of-sync times, unfortunately), which will be very nice. A mandatory dental appointment is on the agenda (given the dodgy affairs of modern dentistry in my host country) and then it's off to summon the muse. My old bandmates and I have a full platter of recording to do: some 12 to 15 songs in about five days, 2/3rds of which we've never rehearsed together (!). Should be, uh, interesting.
Until then, it's routine for a few more days.