After the Chuo Alps, we went straight to Matsumoto City. It’s one of the bigger cities in the prefecture.
I believe Matsumoto City also has the liveliest night life scene in the prefecture, with quite the downtown / red light district. Plenty of host / hostess clubs, snack bars, massage parlors, regular bars, hotels, and all that. Even on a Wednesday night though there were quite a few people out, drinking and staggering around.
Culturally the highlight is Matsumoto Castle, which is basically right in the downtown area.
After stopping at Magome, we arrived at Kiso City. It’s a beautiful little city tucked in between a small valley with a river running through it. Because the valley is tight, the city basically climbs up the side of a mountain, making it a multi-level city.
I figure I’ll have many more stories to share as we continue on, so I’ll be bold and make this “Teaching in Japan Stories 1“. Let’s hope for many more to come, although I’ll try to exhaust a lot of my stories here in this post.
I’ve gotten some lists full of random tidbits for you all to enjoy, and now I want to get more into the “anime” side of things. Are things really the way they are portrayed in anime?
As for the post theme, I want to dedicate it to one of the first graders (JHS, so grade 7 equivalent) at my main school who plays this song on the piano extremely well.
The guys are all obsessed with playing Megalovania from Undertale, and they pretty much all just play the exact same DUDUDUDU part over and over. A few of them can actually play more of the song than just that though.