I am a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying the diversity and evolution of whelks. This summer I was sponsored by the NSF (USA) and JSPS (Japan) to work with Dr. Seiji Hayashi at Nagoya University in Japan to collect buccinid gastropod (whelk) tissue samples and examine whelk shell collections at musems throughout Japan. Sugoi! Some of the snails that I study are pictured to the right.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Nagoya City

Nagoya is the fourth largest city in Japan (2.2 million) and the home of much of its automotive industry, as well as ceramic manufacturing. Although about two-thirds of the city was damaged or destroyed during WWII air raids, it was rebuilt and has since expanded.Its more romantic personality traits include that is; a former samurai city, home to famous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and castles, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, the birthplace of pachinko(!), and home to especially delicious miso. Below are some highlights from a brief tour around the city.
The Nagoya water-strider Tatami makingCandySnacks (okashi)The phenomenon of "replica food."Green Buddha near Nagoya UniversitySee this slide show for more.

1 comment:

Paul said...

Have a great time communing with your whelks, Jann!