People watching – The Golden Clock in Nagoya Station

The best place for people watching in Nagoya might be The Golden Clock in Nagoya station. It is a favoured meeting place and around every full hour (e.g. 18:00h) the area is positively teeming with people. It is remarkable how much calmer it gets at around the ten minute mark (e.g. 18:10h), when all the meeting up is concluded and people leave to go do whatever they were meeting up to do.

Nagoya Station Golden Clock
The Golden Clock at Nagoya Station, a very popular meeting place – image from Wikipedia Commons

In the above picture, it looks uncharacteristically calm. The video below gives a better impression of what it is usually like to wait for someone at the Golden Clock. For us gaijin, it is fairly easy to find the person we are meeting, or rather it is easy for them to find us, since most gaijin are at least a head taller than most Japanese people. If you have blond hair to boot, like me, it makes you virtually impossible to miss. But how Japanese people manage to find anyone in the crowd around the Golden Clock is beyond me.

As I already mentioned, it is one of my favourite places for people watching. Have a look at this beautiful young lady in kimono.

girl in kimono
Girl in kimono – a mobile phone might help to locate one’s friends in that crowd
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Notice the long sleeves and exuberant design, typical for a kimono worn by unmarried, young women. I think she was meeting up with friends to attend a wedding.

6 thoughts on “People watching – The Golden Clock in Nagoya Station

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  1. Cuz I am from Asia, I know that Asian people turn to choose place that is convenient to find each other. A golden clock, in this case, will be the best place for them to meet because everybody knows there is a “clock” right over there. They simply need to pay attention to the people around the golden clock to find the one they are look for.

    1. That is true. I was impressed by the fact that people in a Japanese crowd hardly bump into each other. A similar crowd of gaijin would be all bumps and elbows, but Japanese people seem much more aware of their own movements and of the people around them. It is one of the things I really miss from Japan.

      1. And it’s similar on how we manage on crowded trains. You don’t want to intentionally be touching anyone but when a train at rush hour is over 100% its capacity, you just can’t help it but we know how to stand in that kind of situation and we’re kind of calm about it. For me, I cannot stand rush hour trains and thank goodness I don’t have to commute during those hours.

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