Today is a crazy day! After school, we decided to head to give since the school was half day. We took the JR line there from Nagoya station toward Gifu station, it took around 15 – 20 mins to reach there depending on what train you take. There are normal, limited express and new express. Normal drops at every stop where express skip stops. Somehow for this journey to Gifu. Both express train only takes 2 stops, the cost is 420 yen. Ouch…
When we reach Gifu, first we have to rent a locker to put our laptops. Luckily in Japan, almost every train station has lockers. After that, we went to rent a bike. It only cost 100 yen for the whole day (till 1850). This bike renting/sharing system is initialed by Gifu to promote traveling with bikes as Gifu has no subway. (Base on my knowledge) This also marks the first time I rode a bike in Japan!
My Bike For the Day
After that, we cycled for 20-30min to Gifu Park, the base of the Mount Kinkazan where lias Gifu Castle on its peak. We decide to take the cable car up, worried that if we hike up we will miss the Castle and the squirrel village as they close at 1630.
First, we enter the squirrel village, it only cost 200 yen to see all the fluffy small creatures running about. The staff will give you feed for the squirrels and they will swarm you. They even will climb on your hand just to eat, one of them even climb on my body and accidentally scratch me on my neck DX. I highly recommend coming to visiting this place, cheap and fun!
IT ON MY HAND
SLEEP SOME MORE
Then we went into the main attraction, Gifu Castle. To get to Gifu Castle we still have to walk up steep and unstable rocky stairs for the cable car exit. To enter Gifu Castle, you have to pay 200 yen but it is well worth it! The view is spectacular! You have to see it for yourself to understand how great the view it is. I have recorded it on my GoPro but I can still say, seeing it live yourself is 10 times different in the video. To add on Gifu Castle also showcase historic objects and figures. Such as Oda Nobunaga, Weapons and Armor for the past.
After that, we have this crazy idea to descend Mount Kinkazan! There are 4 routes up and down. We took the 2km route and it took us around 50min to descent. The route is steep and very unstable. One wrong step you could slip and injured yourself but the descent was worth it. Nature and the view you get you to see was awesome. While descent we see this granny coming up. OMG no wonder Japanese lives long.
After that, we decide to head back as it was getting late! We also stop by at the riverbank for the awesome sunset and view. So far, I highly recommend heading to Gifu for the awesome experience you can get for going to just one location but do head there early if you want to slowly roam about. We went there around 2pm which is pretty late. That’s all for today! Back to work tomorrow, today adventure are fun! MORE TO COME!
Development day once again! Today we managed to merge our system with the Japanese system. Interesting the management way or technique they are using for source tree is the git-flow. So I have to rewrite some stuff to be able to correctly link us up, that took a bit time.
After that, I move on to working the environment stuff? Effects, Interaction Objects, Break Objects and so on. Here a particle effect for the fire slime/trial that I been working on.
Tomorrow is HALF DAY! We are heading to Gifu Castle, it going be a crazy day. We going to bike the park (35min?). Hike the mountain (40min). Explore the Castle and FEED SOME Squirrel!
Not much to update today! I am about to be done with my state machine for my Slime monster/unit. It now can wander about and run away from the player! We did try to merge but for some reason, there are some problems. We need to waiting for the lead programmer to come back as he is sick today.
Today we decide to drop one station before our usual stop to our dorm. We decide to walk back and see what along the way. While on the way we did find a small cozy shop, selling unique melon-pan (melon bread). I brought the chocolate banana one, it was interesting but I am not really a fan of it.
So it seems for this next few weeks, we will be having Japanese classes with the luggage teacher and company talks every Friday. Of course, the company talks are all in Japanese, and they speak so fast that it is hard for me to even understand but it is a good experience. Today the company that was giving the talk was DELIGHT WORK INC. The creators of Fate Grand Order! Very interesting to see that the company was talking about the game industry in Japan and comparing it to the outside world. Also showing the growth of new genes that are growing now.
The Japanese class was interesting as well. They share about the social norms that Japanese have and our teacher gave us tips when coming to communicating with them. I can see it being very helpful and I probably try during the next session with my Japanese group mates.
Today ends up quite short time for project work but I manage to get the state pattern machine working for my Slime. Now for more improvements. Tomorrow we are visiting Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮) to see one of the Japanese most important shrines.
I swear I got to the point I have no idea what to write during school days. It always the same cycle, Breakfast -> Project Work In Morning -> Lunch -> Project Work till of school.
Today I guess it was supposed to be half day? We are allowed to leave like right after lunch but we decide to stay at finish our task at hand. Noting much for today but we found an interesting store and it made me buy something. Japan has many interesting concepts, this store at Osu Kannon, it is a store that clothes price are determined by the weight of the object. I decide to buy pants that weight 420g which cost 420 yen, THAT IS A STEAL! In future, I probably drop by if I am near the location to see there any good steals to get!
Lunch was Saizeya again but this time with their lunch promo! IT ONLY COST 500 YEN? TAKE MY MONEY! Dinner was a surprising tuna bowl? I was shocked to see my dorm serve this for dinner. Is tuna on sale?
I hope tomorrow will be great! Since we will be having Japanese Lesson and a Company Talk/Sharing! Looking forward to it!
With most of the stuff discussed! We finally allocated the task to everyone. It was a challenge to communicate due to the language differences. To prevent miscommunication and misunderstanding. We spend tons of time discussing and making sure everyone on the same page. Normally, communicating through the same language will probably take less then a min but when both parties can’t speak a common language that timing multiply. We that out of the way, finally we can start on coding! We have around 2 weeks to create a prototype for the next tea session.
Did I say tea session? Yeah! I didn’t know what is it about until today. It was displayed on our schedule. So the tea session, It like some sort of chit-chat and to update on the progress of each group to the teachers. There were snacks lying around for us to eat! The Finland student also brought their local snack called “Salmiak”. It tastes salty and has a texture of a nut and it has a unique after taste that most of us don’t really appreciate it. Personally, I love it!