Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bon Voyage to 2017 - Hello 2018

Over the holiday season I took a variety of pictures of people and places around the Yokohama area and to close out last year and start the new year I'm dumping all of them here!

New years resolution - less time with the phone, more time with enjoying life.

Get out in the fresh air and walk, walk everywhere!

Speaking of bon voyage...

The Peace Boat was back in town and I happened to be at Osanbashi pier when it departed.

Having spent many years on ships I'm happy to be with the people on the pier saying goodbye to the people on the Peace Boat.

Is she here to wish a friend farewell or maybe good riddance - we'll never know.

Lots of good feelings on the pier.

The Peace Boat readies to depart.

The streamers are flying.

Holding on to a loved one 'til the last minute.

The horn blasts as the ship begins to move away from the pier.

Some laugh, some cry, some hide their emotions.

Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch them roll away again
--Steve Cropper, Otis Redding

The Kodak moment.

And, the last farewell.

Now she's gotta get turned around.

Luckily there's a tug boat to help get her pointed in the right direction.

Nobody leaves until the ship's gone - that's the way it works around here.

The tug has her where she needs to be and soon she'll be headed out of the harbor, destination Hokkaido!

Heading back into town, time to move on.

Yokohama is a great place to be and we're all damn glad to be here.

Another day, another bunch of people and places to see.

Do you wanna have some fun? There's a place I know where everyone has fun!

The ice skating rink!

Safety helmet - good idea.

Young and old, everyone enjoys ice skating.

Okay, enough of the rink. Back out on Osanbashi pier.

I think word's out that this is a great place for a cheap date.

It's also a great place to take the kids.

Some kids are more grown up than others.

Hey! From the end of the pier we can see Mt. Fuji today!

Another guy that didn't get the memo on the New Year resolution to put the phone away.

Baby it's cold out here and it seems that nobody cares.

Just bundle up and keep moving.

Life goes on.

A couple of faces ready for a smile.

He thinks love is wonderful; little does he know that the man training has just begun and she's the instructor.

Button up that overcoat; there's a chill in the air.

We're starting the New Year in style with a ride at Sea Paradise Amusement Park.

A view to the New Year and as always...

Thanks for stopping by!

Bonus shots!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Mike

    My name is Alicia, and I want to start off by saying that your blog is great! The pictures are beautiful and they make me so nostalgic about the time I lived in Japan (18 months teaching English).

    I also want to share with you a project that I'm sure will interest you. My friends Kevin and Steven have lived in Japan for years now and they've decided to start a printing company (47Regions) to put beautiful Japanese manhole covers on t-shirts. They hand-print them in Tokyo! Kickstarter is their first initiative, first launch of the project. So far, the campaign is doing amazingly well! We would love your support to help us reach our goal. We want to know if you're interested in sharing the project either on social media, on your blog, or even pledging yourself. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    We have lots of pictures we can send you, and we also have a written article about manholes and the project in case you prefer sharing that instead of just the campaign. Please let me know if there's anything you can do to help!

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    Thank you for your time, looking forward to hearing back from you soon.

    Alicia Quintard