Travel is wearisome enough without having to be bundled against the elements.
The first time anyone goes to Nagoya, one always visits Nagoya castle.
This was Mary's first and only trip with the team. Although it is cold, it's a nice day for exploring.
A famous place for photographs. This is not the same castle that my grandfather stood in front of (that one is Osaka castle, which I haven't visited yet).
Probably the view from the castle has changed over the years. The hotel where we're staying is one of those cylinders.
This is why I really need to learn to use my lens hoods.
Though this looks like street vendors, these folks are actually protesting something.
Perhaps I've always wanted to be a people photographer.
Off to a shrine in Nagoya.
This shrine is undergoing renovation.
Whoever offered to take this shot failed to capture the full width of my Buddha pose. Pity, I had the body for it!
Not too often you find trees in the U.S. with so much "hair".
Sake barrels in the shrine.
A quiet ablution station. It was fairly dark under the canopy of the shrine, so I was resorting to on-camera flash.
I had mixed feelings about a Christmas tree with wrapped "gifts" nearby.
The view from my hotel room. All Shinkansen trains stop here.
Nagoya is a sprawling, if not overly tall city.
This bathroom had a separate shower stall and bath tub.
Rooftop party, maybe. I notice the Santa Claus in the window.
Nagoya at night. I wasn't quite in the habit of documenting everything, not yet.