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The Most Boring City in Japan

名古屋市, 日本

Nagoya, Japan

January 18th 2023


Street photograph of bicycles parked outside of izakaya in Nagoya, Japan

Nagoya, the fourth largest city in Japan, has a reputation for being boring. So much so, that one of the few tourist companies here is named "Nagoya is Not Boring". I wanted to break that stereotype during a day trip there today, but, in all honesty, maybe they weren't lying. It is almost spectacular how un-spectacular Nagoya is to me. Seeming to land somewhere between the exciting categories of over-the-top metropolis and quaint traditional town, it is a medium sized hulk lined with uninspired business skyscrapers, relatively quiet streets, and dull branded shops kept underground. A crafts fair and a flee market where I picked up an old Nikon film camera for £6 did add some flavour though.


I will come back and try again though, I'm sure it is hiding some strangeness somewhere in that labyrinth.


Street photograph of man in face mask walking next to red shinto temple in Nagoya, Japan

Street photograph of dog with bow on head in pram in Nagoya, Japan


Black and white photograph of overhead train tracks in Nagoya, Japan

Black and white photograph of buddhist temple next to skyscraper in Nagoya, Japan

Pictures of cats stapled to board in Nagoya, Japan

Street photograph of man selling vintage cameras at flea market in Nagoya, Japan

Street photograph of man selling vintage cameras at flea market in Nagoya, Japan

I also bought a crab from a gachapon machine, and of course there were display areas to take photos of your prize. Ahhhh, Japan.



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