横浜

7 Apr

Yesterday was the last day of my kids’ Spring Vacation from school. Today’s the first day of the new school year.

So, yesterday, we decided to go to Yokohama again.

Actually, we originally planned to go to the “Friendship Day Festival” at the US Navy base. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. But we heard that they were canceling the event due to the recent crimes by US servicemen.
Since we were gonna go down to 神奈川県 (Kanagawa), we decided to re-visit Yokohama.

As I mentioned in the post below, we hadn’t been to Yokohama in awhile and alot has changed there over the years. And the last time we went, we didn’t have time to visit all the places we wanted to go.

So, yesterday, we went to the 「横浜アンパンマンこどもミュージアム」 (“Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum”).

“Anpanman” is a Japanese young children’s cartoon character of a superhero made of bean-stuffed bread named “Anpan-man” (“Bean-paste Bread Man”). He, and his friends (who are all different food characters), battle the villians who are led by “Baikinman” (“Germ Man”) using good nutrition, soap, and kindness (it is a cartoon for young children, after all).

My kids have long outgrown any interest in Anpanman. So we didn’t go into the museum…but visited the bread store and gift shops.

Here’s a picture of some bread made in the image of some of the characters from the show:

After we left there, we walked past a road that is semi-famous in Yokohama because it has a wall the entire length of the road that is covered in elaborate graffiti.

Here are a bit of the art that caught my attention:

From there, we headed over to a park and ate a picnic lunch that my wife and daughters prepared and then we walked over to the 野毛山動物園 (“Nogeyama Zoo”).

The 横浜動物園 (“Yokohama Zoo”) is the main zoo in Yokohama and it’s a great zoo. But the Nogeyama Zoo is nice too…and it’s free!

For a free zoo, I was surprised how nice it is, actually. They have reptiles, birds, penguins, monkeys, giraffes, tigers, lions (the male lion had died recently), a camel and a petting zoo with small animals (chicks, guinea pigs, mice, etc) that kids can hold.

It was nice and we enjoyed it.

After we left the zoo, we went to 山下公園 (“Yamashita Park”). We hadn’t been there in years…I was surprised that they built a convenience store there. It’s a good location for one, though. I bet they get alot of customers.

“Yamashita Park” is near 横浜中華街 (“Yokohama Chinatown”), so we headed there.

Near Chinatown, there were many 人力車 (“Rick shaw”) drivers offering rides around the area (Rick-shaw can be found in many traditional areas of Japan offering rides to tourists). (“Rick-shaw”, by the way, comes from the Japanese word 人力車 (jin-riki-sha ) which translates, literally, to “Man powered vehicle”).

Here’s the entrance to Chinatown (can you tell the difference between Japanese and Chinese style? Both countries have torii gates, temples, shrines, paper lanterns, etc…but they look quite different.):

A closer look:

After we looked around Chinatown a bit, we went for dinner at a favorite restaurant of ours and then headed home.

The girls had school in the morning.

7 Responses to “横浜”

  1. tokyo5 April 29, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    Chris…

    >I live in Yokohama so next time we should meet up somewhere.

    Definitely. It’s been quite a long since I’ve seen you.

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  2. chris April 28, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    I live in Yokohama so next time we should meet up somewhere.

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  3. tokyo5 April 16, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Chris…
    Thanks for commenting!

    >you saw so much in one day – you guys must have been tired!

    Actually, we usually do alot of walking around when we go out.

    >I think you probably had more fun in Yokohama than the Yokosuka base anyway.

    That’s probably true.

    >Did you ever try the Ramen museum in Yokohama?

    No, actually we’ve never gone there, nor the Yokohama Curry Museum (and I love curry).

    Tokyo and Yokohama have many museums, actually. Most are normal museums…but there are some interesting, unusual ones, too (like the “Yokohama Tattoo Museum”).

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  4. chris April 16, 2008 at 10:29 pm #

    Hey, looks great! Yokohama is one of my favorite areas in Kanagawa, you saw so much in one day – you guys must have been tired! I think you probably had more fun in Yokohama than the Yokosuka base anyway. I went to the Anpanman Museum with my family last year – it was kind of fun but I don’t think we will go back. Did you ever try the Ramen Museum in Yokohama?

    Have a good one,

    Chris

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  5. tokyo5 April 16, 2008 at 10:15 pm #

    MB…Thanks for commenting. My site seems to have hit a dry spell with visitors recently.

    >Wish the kids good luck in school!

    OK. Thanks.

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  6. Mb April 14, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    Wish the kids good luck in school!

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  7. Mb April 14, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    Sounds like you had an eventful and fun day! I like the graffiti wall and children’s museum. I’ve never seen a children’s museum with a character theme.

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