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Walking Back: More Farms and Lunch

The walk back home brought us up north to Izumi Ward in Yokohama, then back over to Shonandai in Fujisawa. We stopped for lunch, too.

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These are some more farm pictures. You’ll notice some black fabric in one picture. Those are supposed to be scarecrows.

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We passed by Kotohira Shrine. I’ve been there before, but it was about 4 years ago.

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Here are the Yokohama Subway and Sotetsu Line bridges across the Sakai River going to Shonandai.

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Now it’s Sakai River and some more farms next to the river. The third one shows rice hanging and drying.

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Time for lunch. We stopped at Gusto and had a hamburg steak meal.

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And back at Shonandai Station. Soon, it’s home.

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Total distance was 12.98 km. I hope you enjoyed the posts today. Any comments are very welcome.

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Playing at Matano Park

We arrived at our destination, Matano Park, and found a playground for Tommy to play at. She’s become very good at climbing. This park is in Totsuka Ward in Yokohama.

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What’s interesting about this park is that it has an unusual appearance on Google Maps. Turns out it’s mostly a giant cemetery.

My Love-Hate Relationship With Being High

I love being high. But I also hate it. I know what you’re thinking, but I’m pretty sure you’re wrong. I’m talking about tall buildings and mountains, of course!

I like being at the top of this:

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Yokohama Landmark Tower, 297 metres tall.

And seeing this:

The view from Landmark Tower.
The view from Landmark Tower.

I love seeing the view from tall buildings and mountains. In Japan, we have Yokohama Landmark Tower in Yokohama, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (which is free and has a great view in Shinjuku), Sunshine 60 (a rooftop view from Ikebukuro), Tokyo Tower (looks like the Eiffel Tower), and Tokyo Skytree (tallest freestanding tower in the world at 634 metres). They all command amazing views of the cities they’re in.

In Edmonton, the city’s newest tallest building is under construction, Stantec’s headquarters, and will be 250 metres tall, the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto. I’m excited to see that.

But I also said mountains. I’ve been to the top of Mt. Fuji, Mt. Oyama (and will likely go there again in October), and Mt. Takao, all here in Japan. In Canada, the top of the Whistlers in Jasper afforded a wonderful view of the town.

But where’s the hate? Well, if I’m on a balcony, the edge of a cliff, or at the top of a building without a barrier, I don’t like leaning over the edge. I get an immediate feeling of pending doom. If there’s glass in the way, no problem. A balcony railing isn’t good enough to stop the feeling. But I’m fine with being at the top of a 3,776 metre mountain, which also happens to be a volcano.

How are you with heights?

Life in Japan: My Travels

I came to Japan to see it all. Did I? No, not at all.  But there are some things I am very happy to have seen.  This week’s question is from S. R. Carrillo. She asked many questions, didn’t she?

Where all have you traveled?

Odawara Castle in the rain with a couple cosplayers in front.
Odawara Castle in the rain with a couple cosplayers in front.

Surprisingly, I haven’t traveled very much in Japan. I live in Kanagawa, which is just south of Tokyo. I’ve also been to Tokyo, of course. The other prefectures I’ve been to are Saitama, Chiba, Yamanashi, and Shizuoka.

In Kanagawa, I’ve lived in Yokohama, Kamakura, and now Fujisawa. I’ve also visited Odawara, Yokosuka, Kawasaki, Sagamihara, Isehara, Chigasaki, Hiratsuka, Zushi, Hayama, Miura, Oiso, and Yamato. I think the highlights are Kamakura (many temples and shrines), Odawara (castle pictured above), Fujisawa (with Enoshima), and Yokohama (technically the largest city in Japan).

In Tokyo, I’ve been mainly around the main city area, but I’ve also been to Machida and Hachioji (Mt. Takao).

In Saitama, I’ve been to Saitama, Warabi, Tokorozawa (for a baseball game), and Kawagoe (a city with many old buildings).

In Chiba, I’ve been mainly to Narita Airport.

In Yamanashi, I’ve been to Mt. Fuji.

In Shizuoka, I’ve also been to Mt. Fuji, but also Atami and the Izu Peninsula, which is famous for resorts and hot springs.

Out of all the places, I think my favourites would have to be Kamakura, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Mt. Fuji.

If you have any questions about living in Japan, please see the original post and leave your questions in the comments.

Got Snow?

I’ve been hearing a lot about snow in North America in the past week. Where I live, snow is unlikely to fall until January or February, and it may not even fall at all. The climate in the Tokyo region is too mild for much snow.

However, last winter gave us two big snowstorms. And it sure did wreak havoc with transportation.  It was the day after Valentine’s Day, and I had to go to work.  However, since the trains were all stopped, we didn’t start work until the early afternoon.  I left early so I could get there, but the buses were stopped for the day.  I had to walk the 2.5 km to the station.  It turned out that the snow was so wet that the roads were like rivers.  The snow and water covered my feet completely, resulting in soaking wet shoes and feet.  Very cold and uncomfortable.  I saw several cars stuck, even though they had chains on the tires.  It was a remarkable experience.  This much snow in Canada is normal, but it’s dry.  Here, it turned into a slushy mess that flooded streets and made it treacherous for walking.  I did make it to work on time, but I had to spend he day with wet socks.

Take a look at the pictures I took that day.

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Maybe it doesn’t seem so incredible for people in Canada and a lot of the US, but it was a big deal for people here.  Remember, this stuff was heavy and wet.  It was rather unpleasant to walk through.

So, got snow where you are?