We started our last full day in Japan with a long trek to Nagoya Castle. The castle dates back to the 1600s and was kept mostly intact until parts of it were destroyed in World War II. Those parts were soon after restored. The castle was Japan’s first official national treasure. We spent most of the morning there before heading back to Nagoya Station. Some of us went back to the hotel, as after the past week and a half many of us are exhausted. The rest of the team shopped around the mall by Nagoya station.
The whole team went out for one last dinner together, partially to commemorate the trip and partially because one of our own, Morgan Williams, had a birthday today. We went to a shabu-shabu restaurant, which consists of a pot of broth in the middle of the table. You pour in vegetables and cook very thinly sliced meat yourself. After you are done with the meat they use the broth to cook noodles. We then got ice cream to truly celebrate her birthday.
This will be the last blog post of RoboCup 2017, as tomorrow we will be travelling back to the states. We improved greatly from last year, nearly tripling our previous score. We also absorbed the culture as much as possible. Thank you all for following along, and check out our Facebook for last minute photos and videos from the trip!