I spent all day yesterday walking around Hitachinaka with Alistair (new JET in Oarai, town based half an hour drive south of me - met him at London orientation). So in our exploration we found that this city has A LOT of restaurants (which I'm very happy about) and a lot of puchinko (gambling with silver balls) . It's a weird place- it's also got a mini red light district which I don't plan on visiting. It's also got the drunken duck- Australian expat bar, but it was closed, so I'm yet to check that out.
I still haven't been to the beach.
We found a shrine in my town, here's a picture Alaistar took:
We also went to my local supermarket- luckily it's a really good one- suweeeet! Check out the watermelon section:
I was pretty crap at taking pictures yesterday because I forgot my camera- but I took a couple at the yakiniku (grilling meat) restaurant we went to last night:
A lot of places require you to take off your shoes and put them into little lockers:
I love yakiniku:
I'm so glad Alistair can speak Japanese, he's been ordering a lot of food for me: