Because I knew I would lose in horse races, I would like to save as much money as possible until then. First, before I left home, I downloaded a coupon for a free admission from the website of the racetrack, which enabled me to save 100 yen admission fee. Second, the free bus from Jingu-mae Station saved a transportation fare to the racetrack. When I arrived at the racetrack, Nagoya Grand Prix races were being held
. Unfortunately, I couldn't made it to the first race of the day and didn't have time to vote for the second race, too. So I just watched the second race in the stadium. Because almost all the spectators were middle-aged or older guys and I was the only one carrying a backpack, I felt a bit out of place. Furthermore, I had to take some pictures for this blog and it was quite awkward. Anyway, I managed to vote for the third race, while reading a guidance leaflet. The race result was far different from my expectation and I lost. However, the race was much more enjoyable than the second race, because I had bet. After that, I wondered if I should stop further voting, because I knew I was bad at gambling. When l was about to leave the stadium, I happened to find the horse showcase for the fourth race. Of course, it was impossible for me to differentiate good-conditioned from bad-conditioned horses, but after a while, I felt as if I was an expert and I made up my mind to try again. From a novice's point of view, the number eight horse Buikatsu looked in shape and I made an intuitive decision to bet on him. There were not many people who predicted the horse would win, but even a the start of the race, he was aggressive and at the goal, he won a hands-down victory. The dividend was a small amount, but I was excited and satisfied with the first-time betting experience in the racetrack.
Then I walked to the next destination, Nagoya Municipal Minato Disaster Prevention Centre, which is operated by the municipal government and the facility is connected to the ward office. I have been interested in disaster-related facilities since I visited Disaster Reduction Human Renovation Institution of Kobe, whose admission cost 600 yen. Thankfully, however, the admission to the similar facility of Nagoya was free. The features were hands-on exhibitions including an earthquake room, typhoon room, and blackout rooms
. Actually, I didn't spend much time on the other exhibitions. First, I entered the typhoon room for an Ise Bay Typhoon simulation on the second floor. Ise Bay Tyhoon (international name: Vera) was one of the largest disasters hitting the Tokai Region in 1959, which brought about 4,697 dead and 401 missing people. The simulation lasted for a short time, but it was better than I expected. The blackout rooms were boring, because I expected a maze-like attraction of amusement parks from the serious hands-on exhibition.... The last exhibition I tried was the earthquake room. A few months ago, I experienced a similar simulation in an earthquake simulation vehicle, but the simulator of the centre was more interesting. In the simulation vehicle, I simply experienced an earthquake with a size of 7 on the Japanese seismic scale, but this time, I was able to feel the same quake as the Great Kanto Earthquake and to experience a realistic sensation of the mega quake. In fact, it seemed that a few different quakes from Japanese history were available. In addition, I learned the procedures under the situation as getting under a steady table, turning off the stove and the gas main, opening a window or door, and switching off the breaker. It was the most practical drill I had ever experienced.
It is not until you experience something that you can find whether it is fun or not. I was not so much interested in horse races, but I had to admit that horse races are very popular especially among middle-aged guys. It is needless to say that they had their first time to try a horse race and before that, they didn't know whether it was fun. Only those who have tried it know fascinations of the horse race. Anyway, although I am not a good gambler, I felt like trying it at least once in a life time.