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Mar
10

Yokohama, in living color, pt.1

Hi there, Friends and fam.  

 If you read my blog, you find out a great deal about Loco (me) and about every day life in Yokohama, but I realized something : the majority of you do not live here or even in Japan, and may not know much about this area known as Yokohama (doh!). Well, I won’t go into the history of Yokohama, not too much anyway. There’s shitloads of information on the internet. This post contains mostly pics and some surface background on the place I call home now.   

  

Yokohama  (横浜) is literally a city by the sea, with a gorgeous bay/harbor area.  

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay directly south of Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan and one of the cities most used to seeing foreigners.   

Yokohama was the first port opened up to foreign trade after the opening of Japan in 1854 when Commodore Matthew Perry arrived just south of Yokohama with a fleet of American warships, demanding that Japan open several ports for commerce, and the Tokugawa shogunate agreed by signing the Treaty of Peace and Amity. At the forefront of the Meiji restoration, the first train line in Japan connected Tokyo and Yokohama. However, Yokohama was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombings of World War II, and never really regained its prominence. It remains a maritime city to this day and retains an international flavor. 

Kanazawa Ward is one of the 18 districts that Yokohama City is composed of. It is located on the east side of the Miura. It is a wonderful town where nature overflowed. from Wikipedia and Wikitravel  

There are a few areas that people think of when they think of Yokohama. Most prominent of these would be: Minato Mirai, Chinatown, Motomachi and Sakuragicho. This post contains pictures primarily from Minato Mirai.  

Within Minato Mirai there are two famous landmarks. One is the Landmark Tower (seen left) which is (I believe) the tallest building in Japan, standing 970ft high.  

The other is the Cosmo Clock 21, which is the largest Clock in the world. One rotation takes about 15 minutes. The one time I braved a ride all I could think the entire time was is there a worst place to be in the event of an earthquake (not exactly a rarity in Japan). Nope. Not such a good 15 minutes.  

But, this is in my favorite area of Yokohama. And, it’s so photogenic!  

Thought Bubble: "Damn, I already wrote about that, didn't I?"

  

  

  

Look up writer's block in the dictionary, you'll find this pic!

  

  

Yokohama Nippon Maru

   

Look up "where's my muse when I need it?" and you'll find this one!

   

Cosmo Clock is surrounded by Cosmo World Amusement Park

 

 

Things to do when you're blocked: have a little fun with photoshop (-;

   

 Well, that’s about it for now…Time to stop fluffing around and get back to some writing!  

Look up "Eureka!" and this is the pic! (-;

Loco  

 
  

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