A trip to Shin-Yokohama, Japan, with a stop in
Tokyo on the way
Training courses are incredibly long and dull. Thankfully,
this evening we've finished with some daylight left. I think
I'll go take a picture of the temple I can see from our 14th floor
The temple has a crowded cemetary and a large bell behind it. I've
always wondered what type of temple it is. What's this? A man
has emerged from the temple driveway and is approaching me.
He welcomes me into the courtyard and points to a young man,
his son. The boy speaks some broken English. His name
is Dozo and his father's name is Junji.
The temple is a Buddhist temple, and Junji is the temple-keeper.
I admire the architecture, particularly the intricately carved
rooflines. Perhaps next time I'll ask if I can see inside.
It's time for a quick after-lunch walk. I know this
neighborhood well. This street, just the other side of the
railroad tracks, goes up and over the hill.
The houses here are so small and crowded together. But
they are also surrounded by all manner of trees and shrubs.
Coming back over the hill I can see the office again. Just
around the next corner is one of my favorite spots.
Next to a parking lot carved into the hill is this little roadside
shrine. I know nothing about it, but I've photographed
it every time I've visited Yokohama.
Class is finally over! There's still some daylight
left, so I'll go over and check out the stadium I can see from
my hotel. This is where the Wolrd Cup final will be played
in a couple of months.
From the plaza at the stadium I can just make out Mt.
Fuji through the haze.
One last picture of the office from my hotel room before
I head out for a night on the town.
Downtown Yokohama, near the main train station is a busy
place at night.
Lot's of people are out shopping, walking, and enjoying
a pleasant evening.
It's been a hectic week, with little time to play, but
the flight home isn't until this evening, so time to do a little
sightseeing in Tokyo.
The Meiji Shrine is a neat place to see a little Japanese
culture. It is in the middle of a big park. At the
entrances to the park are these large Torii, or traditional Japanese
The temple is arranged around a large courtyard. Here
is the main gate, from inside the courtyard.
And here is the Main Shrine, across the courtyard. This
temple is to the emperor Meiji, who ruled from 1868 to 1912
and established Japan as a modern industrial nation.
Worshipers enter the main shrine, say their prayers and
toss coins into large wooden boxes. Then the bow twice, clap their hands twice,
then bow again.
The Inner Shrine is across a small courtyard from the
Main Shrine. Apparently only priests are allowed there.
The Inner Shrine is where the souls of the emperor and
his consort are believed to reside.
What's this. I hear the slow steady beating of a
huge drum. Look, a procession in the courtyard. It looks
like,... a wedding!
Over to one side of the courtyard is a little enclosure.
At little shops along the sides they sell wooden plaques.
People are writing prayers on them and tying them to the enclosure.
I'm hungry. I seem to remember a narrow little
alley near Shijuku train station with lots of tiny restaurants
on it. I wonder if I can find it?
The train for the airport leaves in just a few minutes.
Time to run over and take one last picture, a guardhouse
overlooking the palace moat.