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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Nagoya: What will you get up to during Golden Week?


By STEPHEN CARR

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Tamara Maeda
Bar owner, 30 (Argentinian)
I'm going to introduce dancers and bands at the Latino-America Festival in Central Park. I will also sell Argentinian pies (empanadas) and drinks at a kiosk there. My bar will stay open all Golden Week. I'll visit my dad, who is Japanese, with other family members.

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Albert Smith
Foreign talent agency, 33 (Aussie)
I'll be busy promoting an energy drink. Sixteen fit blokes on bikes will hand it out. I'll have two days off with my family, a well-earned rest from the pressures of this sometimes unscrupulous business. We'll ride horses, go hang gliding and drink beer on the beach.

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Sakie Ujinaga
Office worker, 35 (Japanese)
Every year we have a barbecue and invite three families and their friends to come and sample our beef, sausages, beer and grilled rice balls with soy sauce (yaki onigiri). It's always very enjoyable. We also have to make sure the dogs don't steal any of the meat!

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Nick Edges
DJ, 31 (British)
I'm DJing at the iD Cafe, the first time someone outside the club has been invited to take over an entire floor. There'll be a younger than usual crowd there, dancing to house music. On Saturday there's a prestigious gig at another club and afterwards I will get some sleep.

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Manami Yoshimura
Secretary, 36 (Japanese)
I am going to visit a "power spot" in Nagano that a coworker told me about. She said when you enter the zone, energy floods your body with a special tingling sensation. Then I'll bathe in a hot spring. I'll also organize the family's annual swap of winter for summer clothes.

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Joe Sichi
Professor, 47 (American)
I'm a body surfer and the closest good waves are in Shizuoka. A group of 20 of us are going to camp on a beautiful deserted beach there. We'll swim under the moonlight, have a barbecue, sing, tell stories and recite poems around a bonfire on the beach.

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