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.
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.
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!  more info...
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. 
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!  -see map
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!  more info...--see map
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!  more info...--see map
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!  more info...--see map
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.  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.
 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!  see map
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!  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.  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. see map
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! [ 0504]see map
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.  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.  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.
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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.! [ 0504] more info...