Welcome to Kathy's Page!
I've created this page to share some of my favorite things or things I find useful. 
I'll add things as I think of them, so check back OFTEN!!!



Here's a link to a site that helps you
c
onvert Kanji and Websites to Romaji or Hiragana, and translate Japanese to English, too.
Thanks to Debbie for this!


CLick here to go to KANJI CONVERTER


If you're in Shinsakae, stop in
RAFFLES!


I forgot about this awesome restaurant.
Thanks to NICK for taking us there!

CLick here to go to their website

or check out their facebook page

And while you're in the neighorhood,
stop in
COUNTRY JOE!

CLick here to go to their website



日本のヤバイ英語

Here's a fun blog for English learners!
It's run by a friend of mine.
Check it out!


CLick here to read the blog



COMPARE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

www.LanguageCourse.net is the most visited comparison site
for language programs, featuring oer 10,000 student reviews
of language schools worldwide.

CLick here for more information

Check out TOKOBUKU!
It's an e-book portal that showcases free publications of the Nagoya area!
Thanks to Tokobuku for including ET PEOPLE!


Click here for more info!



GOING TO THE AIRPORT?

Try the Meitetsu Centrair Limousine! It's cheap and convenient!
The bus picks up and drops off at these convenient locations downtown:
Fushimi-cho, Hilton Nagoya, Nagoya Kanko Hotel, Sakae-Oasis 21, Nagoya Tokyu Hotel.

It's just ¥1000, there's no reservation required,
and you don't have to lug your suitcases through the train station!
It's available from ~ 06/30/14.

Click here for more information


Need help moving?
N
eed to ship large items?
YAMATO HOME CONVENIENCE CO., LTD.
can help!


Click here for more info!


PRACTICE TYPING

A friend told me about this game that helps you with your typing.
You just type the words you see and "shoot" the letters one by one.
(Thanks Claire!)

Click here to play ZTYPE!



ART & MUSIC
I have a lot of artist/musician friend here in Nagoya and around the world that I'd like to introduce to ET PEOPLE! readers:  I'll keep adding more  links, so check back soon: 



Are you interested in seeing the beauty of Africa?
Want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro?
Check out
BIG 5 AFRICA SAFARI !



Help kids by donating a bike!
88bikes.org !


If you want to know how to pronounce a word,
go to
WWW.HOWJSAY.COM !



Know someone who needs help?
Giving Anonymously offers an easy way to donate money to him or her.
CLICK HERE for more info or to donate to someone you know.


Need a smile? CUTEOVERLOAD can help!
CLICK HERE
So can I Can Has Cheeseburger, a.k.a. lolcats, here:
CLICK HERE
And I Has a Hotdog, a.k.a. loldogs, if you prefer:
CLICK HERE

Or go to YouTube to see the cutest, bounciest goat ever!

DALE JR. (part 1 - slow motion jumping & bouncing)
DALE JR. (part 2 - bouncier and he meets his girlfriend!)




Avoid answering machines and talk to a human
at major U.S. companies!

These two sites can help:
www.dialahuman.com
or www.gethuman.com



Have you heard of FINCA International?
FINCA International provides financial services to the world's
lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets
and improve their standard of living.

click here for more info or to donate


Another way you can help the working poor
in the developing world is through KIVA.

click here for more info or to lend money



Want to help end world hunger
while you improve your vocabulary?

click here to go to www.freerice.com



Want to play some silly winter games online?
WINTERBELLS has a cute bouncing bunny.
PENGUIN BATTING
seems a little cruel!



View the DRAMATIC CHIPMUNK!
which is really a dramatic prarie dog.
Be sure to have the SOUND ON for full effect!



Here are silly pics of kitties:

plus this:





Here are some cool photos of Nagoya:

THE SUNSHINE SAKAE BUILDING
This downtown building has a ferris wheel built into the side of it!
Click here for more pics of the "Sky-boat".

OASIS 21
This floating pond in the sky is located high above the
bus terminal and underground shopping area.
Click here for more pics of OASIS 21.



Here's an interesting site: THE SPEECH ACCENT ARCHIVE
You can listen to different people from different parts
of the world reading the same passage in English.




Are you taking good care of yourself?

If you go to www.realage.com, you can find out!
Take the test and see if your body is really older than it should be.
You can also find out what you can do to make youself younger.
The test is only in English and it's quite long, so you may need a dictionary.






Here's an interesting site: BUYBLUE.ORG

This site let's you, the consumer, know where the companies
you give your money to stand on these important issues:

• Labor & Human Rights
• Environment
• Employment Equality
• Corporate and Social Responsibility
• Industry Practices
• Donations

So before you buy books, for example, check this site and you can choose
to buy from Amazon (which supports the Republicans)
or Barnes and Noble (which supports the Democrats).

 



Here is one of my favorite commercials:  EDS "Herding Cats"


HERE ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE PLACES:

Blanc Pain Sakae
Blanc Pain is a little fruit juice shop in Sakae, just east of the TV Tower. They have fruit and vegetable juices, and they will make juice fresh when you order! If you hate to eat your vegetables, you can get your vitamins by combining your favorite fruit and super healthy vegetables in a tasty juice. If you like healthy vegetable and fruit juice, you'll love Ananas even more! Plus, they sell bread baked fresh daily at their parent shop BLANC PAIN (in Tenpaku). I highly recommend the croissants! They were voted Best Croissant in Japan a few years ago! Be sure to try them!
[0806] more info...
D'S KITCHEN
I love the simplicity of D's Kitchen. This is the place to go if you're super hungry and you feel like pasta! The owner/chef studied in Italy, so it's no wonder the food is great! And the portions are large! You can get a double (or at lunch time even a triple) serving for just a little more money. (single=¥600, double=¥700, triple=¥800!). And if you're thirsty, beer starts at ¥350 and cocktails start at ¥400.
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C.R.E.A.M.
There's a new place to go! C.R.E.A.M. is kind of a sports bar and dance club all in one. It's free to get in on weekdays, and on Friday & Saturday it's just ¥1000 for women and ¥1500 for men, and that includes two drinks! They're open from 8pm and they stay open late, so when you're out and you feel like dancing, stop in!
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GARUVA
Garuva has been around for more than 15 years, but many people still haven't discovered this quiet, relaxing oasis. It's right downtown (a few blocks south of iDbar), but once you're inside, you'll forget about the grime and noise of the city. Here you have your privacy--each table is covered in a tent, each tent is lit by candel light. Gentle music soothes away the stresses of the day. The drink menu helps soothe away stress, too! And the menu (Thai based) has something to offer everyone, those who just want to nibble and those with the serious munchies!
[1105] more info...--see map
ACME
ACME is a little out of the way (about 10 minutes' walk south of the CBC building), but it's worth the trip. Inside it's spacious and the atmosphere is modern but warm. The staff is professional and friendly. The menu is varied and changes with the seasons. You can easily request vegetarian food, even vegan dishes, because the chefs know what they're doing! They have a nice wine list, which also changes frequently, depending on availability. And they're open till 5:00, so if you're hungry after a night of drinking, forget ramen and give your body something delicious and nutritious. The prices are really reasonable!
[1105] more info...--see map
GARY'S
For years this has been my home away from home! I stop in for dinner and a show at least once a week, and I have celebrated every birthday at Gary's for the past 15 years! The house band plays every night and they are always fantastic. Other musicians that play around town (and even famous musicians visiting Nagoya) are sure to drop in Gary's to check out the fantastic live music. They have a great menu--I love their super thin crust pizza--and the staff is really friendly!
[1105] more info...--see map
KATATUMURI
The name means SNAIL and owner Takaaki has created a relaxing space around the SLOW FOOD, SLOW ARTS theme.  Built in a remodeled warehouse, Katatumuri is modern and spacious.  They're open 12pm-12am weekdays and 2pm-12am on Sat. & Sun., so you can go for lunch, dinner, or just drinks.  I like to go for lunch and and usually order pasta or a pizza, but they have curry, salads and more.  Plus they have FREE WI-FI, so I can take my computer with me and do some work while I wait.  Click on 'more info'  for some pics  of the interior. If you check out the website you'll see Takaaki also owns BAR MAVERICK, a darts bar that attracts a crowd of serious, enthusiastic darts  players.  This is NOT a slow darts kind of place!  If you'd like to participate in darts  tournaments, Takaaki or the staff can give you details. 
[0205] more info...--see map
VOICE California Cuisine
Voice is one of my favorite places and it's one of the few Nagoya nightclubs with an American house band.  The musicians are top notch and  the music ranges from Motown to jazz to R&B.  The food at Voice is also excellent.  
[0207] more info...--see map
The 59's Diner
This is definitely one of the happiest places in Nagoya!  It doesn't matter when you go--on a week night, on the weekend, early hours, or so-late-it's-early -- Tomoya and his staff are always in a party mood.  And their spirit is contagious!   You can't leave there in a bad mood.  It's also hard to leave there without doing at least one shot!  Don't say I didn't warn you! 
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SHOOTERS
This is Nagoya's most famous foreign hangout and its success is no surprise.  Owner Chris works hard to make his customers happy.  The staff is friendly, the food is great and the prices are reasonable.  They have daily specials, pool tournaments, live music, live sports on the many TV screens, and free internet--you can even bring your own computer and connect wirelessly!  If you're new to Nagoya, you'll make friends here.  If you've been here for a while, you'll run into familiar faces!
[0105] more info...
--see map
MISFITS
This spot is a little off the beaten path, but I think they like it that way.  The food is simple but tasty and the prices are rock bottom.  The regulars are true Nagoya irregulars!  Most of the foreigners have been here for quite a while and aren't going anywhere anytime soon.  They are an artsy group, and a pretty friendly bunch of folks.
[0604] more info...
RED ROCK
Nagoya's only Aussie Bar & grill.  I usually have the veggie nachos, but my friends dig into the Nagoya's biggest burger (THE OZ BURGER), the MEAT PIE or the SURF & TURF (surf=seafood & turf =steak). You can round it off  with Foster's beer or a nice Australian wine.  It gets pretty crowded on weekends, so if you have a big dinner party, you might want to make a reservation.
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DA CARLO
Everyone who knows me knows that I love Italian food!  And DA CARLO is my favorite Italian restaurant!  The atmosphere is casual but the food is extra special!  My friends and I go there as often as we can, especially when we have something to celebrate! I always order the PIZZA GENOVESE, which is a green pizza with gorgonzola cheese and pesto!  DELICIOUS!  I like the penne arrabiata and spinach salad, too!  And of course a bottle of red wine is a must!
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ELEPHANT'S NEST
This is a very casual English pub run. The owner and staff are super friendly, and the customers are, too. I think it's a great place for students to go and hear/speak English, since most of the customers are foreign and don't speak much Japanese. They have fish and chips, stew, and even a few vegetarian dishes! And of course they have  all kinds of beer.
[0504] more info...--see map
MU-RA
This is a cool little shop in the basement of Parco West. They have unique accessories and items for the home. I love glass and they have cute stained glass items. I also like the interesting glass accessories. I think it's a great place to buy uniques gifts.
[0504] more info...
DESPERADOS
Desperados is owned and operated by Rudy and his wife Takako. Anyone that has been in Nagoya that Desperados is the place to go for Mexican food! It's a great place to go for dinner or just a few drinks.
[0408] more info...


HERE ARE SOME USEFUL SITES:

FBC
FBC stands for the Foreign Buyer's Club.  It's an online shop that sells food and other household things (cleaning products, vitamins...) from overseas. I love it because I can get all kinds of food that I normally can't find in Japan. Plus it's really cheap no matter how many cases you buy!  And their Corner Store is really convenient. It's like Meidiya in Sakae, but with more thing to choose from. I usually buy frozen tortillas and cheeses for my Mexican parties! Shipping is cheap and fast!  IYou can also order a catalogue to be sent to your home and you can browse at your leisure.!  
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