A brief scientific visit at Nagoya University brought us to another Japanese town which was new to us.
Nagoya doesn’t exactly count as a tourist destination. Which was all the better, since the sweltering heat didn’t make sightseeing seem a desirable choice. We thus contented ourselves with some early morning sightseeing stints, which were nonetheless rather intense. Nagoya is, if anything, even hotter than Tokyo.
Nagoya’s most important sight is its castle, Nagoya-jo (名古屋城). It unfortunately burned down in 1945 air raids, but was reconstructed later on. The Japanese word to learn here is definitely “kin-shachi” (金鯱), golden dolphin, for the two sea creatures adorning the roof.
In the surrounding garden, a Japanese Nutmeg tree can be admired. You didn’t know of its existence? Neither did I, but I learn that this tree constitutes the only Natural Monument of the city of Nagoya. Its unkempt appearance might be partly due to its age, and partly to the fact that also this tree got damaged in the air raids.
Our visit of the rest of the garden was unfortunately cut short due to the imminent danger of evaporating on the spot in the summer sun.