On November 4th, 5th, and 6th I was in Nagoya for a Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Kyougi Karuta tournament (or as we call it in the west, Karuta). It was part of the Aichi National Cultural Festival. Full Japanese title: 第３１回小国民文化祭あいち2016小倉百人一首競技かるた全国大会.
I was lucky enough to get to go with a mixed team of foreigners thanks to my karuta teacher in America! It was such an excellent time, even if I was completely destroyed by the competition.
Pictures of food, nuff said!
For the weekend, we stayed at the Kyoya Ryokan. It's a bit of a fusion of a traditional ryokan, and a more modern hotel.
Their website: http://kyoya.to/blog/
Here are a bunch of random photos from around Nagoya.
Nagoya is lucky enough to have a Pokemon Center. So my friend and I went to check it out!