On Halloween, that spooky foreign day on which all Japanese kids seem to dress up in super cute witches and warlocks costumes, I headed down to the old foreign quarter of Yokohama. Motomachi is a district with old foreign residences that sits on a hill above the city. Wandering around this area even feels like not being in Japan.
At a restaurant at the Red Brick Warehouses (Aka Renga Soko) at Minato Mirai, Yokohama, last weekend, it was mesmerising to watch a tank of fluoro coloured mini jellyfish floating around. It was only an artistic flare – they weren’t on the menu!
My sister Cathy was visiting Japan for nearly a week, and we had a great time catching up in Tokyo while she was here. Unfortunately, she’s already gone home to Australia, but on Sunday, we had a really fun, although rather hot, summer’s day exploring a few sites in Kamakura, followed by Yokohama for dinner.
Last Wednesday was a public holiday in Japan, and also the date of the Australia -v- Japan FIFA World Qualifier match at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama. Thanks to my brother-in-law back in Melbourne, I managed to secure 2 tickets to the game. (more…)
Nearly at the ground for the big game!
It’s been a long time since this blog was up-to-date, and I’ve got to do some work to upload a few posts.
I’ve been having some problems with some of the blogging software that I use, but I’ve had two breakthroughs tonight that should inspire me to get going again.
The first is (apparently) regaining my ability to post directly from my mobile phone. This problem didn’t stop my from blogging at all – that was a time problem – but it did stop those short, inspired posts from out there in the field.
My other problem was uploading photo galleries. My favourite WordPress plugin, Fotobook, is still not working for me. It allowed me to suck down my Facebook photo albums directly into my blog. But, I’ve got a new gallery application running tonight, which will form a good substitute in the meantime whilst I try to get Fotobook running again.
I’m going to try to upload some photos from events of late last year to catch up, and then will hopefully run this blog a little more contemporaneously.
In early December, I headed down to Yokohama with my friends Matsumura-san and Yukiko – only 40 mins away on the Toyoko Line from Shibuya – to look around the waterfront, buy some Christmas presents and have dinner in Chinatown (Chukagai).
It was a cold early winter’s day, but one of those clear, crisp ones. Here’s a gallery of some photos around Landmark Tower, Minato Mirai and Chukagai.