On Monday we went to Meiji-Mura, which is a park in Inuyama where they built copies of dozens of historical Japanese buildings from the Meji period. It was fun to walk around and see so much history, including an old-time jail. But it was extremely hot again, so the ride on the air-conditioned bus and open-windowed steam train were the most enjoyable.
Yasu and I also went to the tiny gym to get me a contract, because I hadn't been succesful in obtaining one without speaking Japanese. But as soon as I started showing him how tiny and truly crappy the gym is, I decided that I didn't want to pay a small fortune on a monthly basis to be a member of that so-called gym. So Yasu spent several hours online to find a decent and accessible gym somewhere around Inuyama. It was extremely frustating and seemed like mission impossible, so we kind of gave up until he accidentally stumbled upon something in the phonebook. Unfortunately, he found it late at night on his last night here, so we can't go there together until September 10th. But I'm so happy about this gym discovery, I've been looking at the pictures on their website and it reminds me of my own gym in Veldhoven! I can't wait to go there next week, but first I'm about to enjoy another weekend in the mountains near Osaka, with Yasu, his parents and their lovely cottage.