Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seeing Red at Osanbashi

It was a typical Thursday stroll. Just me plodding along the city streets, following anyone who happened to be in front of me and going in the same direction as I was.

Somebody checking out a restaurant that specializes in Ramen and Curry.

They say that in the promised land there's a pretty girl behind every tree. This must be the place!

There is no shortage of restaurants in Yokohama. The trick is picking a good one.

This gentleman must have gotten a copy of my retirement plan. If one is going to enjoy a good book while sitting on a bench, Bashamichi is as good a place as any to do that.

One of the quiet side streets of Bashamichi.

As I drifted into the Zonohana waterfront area the town crier was making an anouncment -- "It's big, it's red and... it's here!"

She was not kidding! Moored at Osanbashi was the biggest non-passenger ship I had ever seen.

It had a stern-gate lowered and I don't know why.

As I approached closer I could tell a couple of things: (1) it had just arrived (2) it looked brand new.
There was quiet a crowd gathered to look at this huge ship.

The name of the ship is "Drive Green Highway" and it appears to be a vehicle carrier. Very blunt bow; one could use it as a movie screen at a drive-in movie theater.  

Well, time to move on and leave the "Drive Green Highway" in my rear view mirror.

Just around the corner from Osanbashi is the wildly popular Yamashita park.

Bird watching is an addictive past time. 

People watching is addictive too!

I think that the balloon was keeping her from falling on her face.

This was a first for me, this lady brought her pet parrot to the park to enjoy bird watching.


There are truly a lot of happy smiling people here today. One should never underestimate the value of a good park. The moment one finds themself thinking that there's nothing to do,  get up and go to a park! Pack a lunch, fill a thermos with coffee or tea, bring a book (or a camera) and enjoy yourself. Sit on a bench and watch the world go by, or walk up and down the promenade; it's all good!

If one is really into people watching - there's no place better than China town.

There are people everywhere!

Hey! Bird watching too!

There's plenty of steamed dumplings ready to eat at a reasonable price.

As the Sun starts to lower itself toward the horizon lights and lanterns are illuminated.

This must be where the feather weight boxers hangout.

Red lanterns are everywhere!

The back streets of Noge take on an exotic look in the evening.

Cold beer and Yakitori are waiting inside - time to put the camera away and enjoy! It's been a darn good Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by!

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