Something old, something new, something rotting away. We visited the Negishi Grandstand.
To get to the Grandstand we took a train to Hinodecho station and then a bus from in front of the station to Negishi. From the bus stop to the park surrounding the Grandstand it's a short walk up a hill.
The Grandstand in the distance.
The Grandstand is in terrible condition and is fenced off to the public.
Prior to WWII this was the place to be. The Negishi Horse Race Course was as popular as could be. The Grandstand was magnificent.
The front of the Grandstand faces the old U.S. Navy Negishi housing area. It's also abandoned now so there's no access for viewing the front..
Even in its deteriorating state this structure is still an impressive site.
The three towers with their round windows remind me of old-fashioned robots sadly staring at Mt. Fuji.
The grounds on the backside of the Grandstand are well maintained and there's a small park for children to play.
As I depart the area on this dreary day I take one look back at a sad old building that was once upon a time the grandest building in Yokohama.
After leaving Negishi we decided to walk to the Yamate Italian Garden.
Q is everywhere!
It's a pleasant walk with many interesting sights to see.
See what I mean? So many interesting things to see.
We arrived at the Italian Garden.
The grass may not be greener on this side but it is still a nice place to visit.
And, best of all, it's free!
I think this place can be reserved for weddings.
The Garden is situated high up on a bluff overlooking Yokohama City.
There are two houses on the property and both are open to tour the inside.
We went inside both and they are amazing. Very old, but amazing.
We practically had the whole place to ourselves.
From up on the bluff it is a relatively short walk down a steep hill to arrive in China Town.
We had an excellent lunch at (no surprise) a Chinese Restaurant and then we did a little walking around.
After visiting for awhile we headed for the Yokohama Bashi Shopping street.
This shot was taken as we passed through Yokohama Park.
We have arrived at Yokohama Bashi!
Our reason for going there was to buy some udon noodles from a specialty noodle shop that is only open 2 hours a day for 3 days a week.
Emi concludes our business with the shop keeper.
Yokohama Bashi is a covered shopping street full of vendors selling all kinds of tasty foods and dry goods.
It's packed full of people at all times of the day.
So much for the no-smoking signs.
As we depart many others enter.
Last shot of the day: Riding the train home.
Thanks for stopping by!