With nothing much else to do, I decided to take my daily walk a little early today and satisfy some curiosity about the waterfront area about a half mile from my apartment. The area is behind the Pacific Palace Hotel and holds a more traditional local village area than what you see in Nagoya. I had thoughts that maybe this would be a good fishing area. Wrong!
What I found were slums. While the living conditions for locals in Nagoya are substandard in many ways by Western ideals, the area along the waterfront is somewhat shocking. First, it is more of an inlet and today it was low tide and all the bottom was showing. This is also the area where the sewage canal alongside my apartment building empties to the sea.
I’m sure I looked out of place as I walked through the living areas just before the water. As I closed on the inlet, the smell was only-breathe-through-your-nose tolerable. I can’t imagine always living with that constant stench.
On the other side, other side, however, the village looked even worse, rows of scrap wooden and metal “houses” held up by sticks in the slime. My curiosity satisfied, I walked back in the hot afternoon sun and decided a beer was in order, so stopped at Cock and Bull, where I ran into a friend.
Here are the photos: