Monthly Archives: October 2009

Christmas in October

While I was in Family Mart last night, I noticed that there were Christmas decorations. It was October 30th, still before Halloween. Nearly every other business has Halloween decorations, but they already put up Christmas decorations. I wanted to tell them it’s still 2 months away. Too early!

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Immigration moved

The Yokohama branch of Immigration moved from the Yamashita area to Torihama in Kanazawa Ward. I didn’t know that yesterday, so I went today to get everything transfered to my new passport. Nice day today after have a typhoon pass nearby. The immigration office is in a new building in an industrial area.

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Rodin and more art

Today, I went to the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno and saw an exhibit about Pompeii’s artwork. But there was also a lot more other art, including Rodin, Monet and Picasso. I took some pictures of Rodin’s art outside the museum. Also, there were a lot of street performers, including a living museum. But I took a picture of another very funny man. Take a look.

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Air Canada train in Japan

On the Negishi Line train I took home, every car had ads for Air Canada and Toronto. It was every advertisement on the train! Even the video screens were showing just commercials for Air Canada and Latin American destinations reached from Toronto. Have you seen the ads yet?

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3 random observations

Today, I went to Kumazawa to buy a magazine, and I noticed 3 things.  First, when I got off the train, I was approached by a charity worker, but I don’t know what the charity was.  I don’t give to charity when people approach me asking for it, because they may not be legitimate.  If I give charity, it would be directly to an organisation, not an individual on the street.  However, I noticed that he was only approaching foreigners.  I have some ideas about why they approach only foreigners.  First, they think foreigners are tourists and carry a lot of money with them.  Second, they think foreigners are more likely to give money because they’re more gullible.  It may have been a real charity, and probably was, but who gives to charity every time they go to Sakuragicho station?  Also, I have been approached to give money for earthquake victims, an earthquake that happened 3 years before.

2nd thing was that in Kumazawa, I noticed how few non-fiction books there are in the English section.  The non-fiction section is also completely mixed, from science to financial books to politics.  It’s very difficult to find what you want.  I also saw Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species in the paperback novel section, as well as the non-fiction section.  It should be in the non-fiction section.  Also, there was no Shakespeare.

3rd was a strange thing.  On the train back home, there was a man standing at one end of the car making the train announcements, including locations of elevators and escalators, which side of the train the door would open, and so on.  But he was just a passenger, not a JR employee.  Besides, there was an automated announcement for each station.  Was he a train fanatic?  Or did he have a mental illness?

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The typhoon is mostly gone

The typhoon came early morning and it rained a lot with strong wind. It’s still windy, but it’s now sunny and warm. The trains were stopped, but are now running. I heard there’s been one death and a tornado-like wind hit Chiba prefecture. I slept through most of it. It seems like typhoons always come while I’m sleeping.

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Exploring Japan: Honmoku, Yokohama – August 2, 2009

On August 2, I met a friend of mine and he suggested going to Sankeien.  Neither of us had been there before.  So, to get there, we went to Negishi station and took a bus to Honmoku.  This post is dedicated to the Honmoku neighbourhood, and Sankeien will follow.  Honmoku is a rather high class area that also has many American style houses.  It’s near Yamate, about halfway between Yamate and Negishi.  The first thing we saw in Honmoku was a very interesting vegetable shop.  Take a look at the pictures!

A school bus?  This bus was converted into a vegetable shop.

A school bus? This bus was converted into a vegetable shop.

This is a main road going through Honmoku.

This is a main road going through Honmoku.

This is where I was, Honmoku Sakuramichi.

This is where I was, Honmoku Sakuramichi.

A look down Honmoku Sakuramichi.

A look down Honmoku Sakuramichi.

This is one really big house!  Honmoku has a lot of large, expensive houses.  Very rich neighbourhood.

This is one really big house! Honmoku has a lot of large, expensive houses. Very rich neighbourhood.

This is a quaint European-looking shop.  I believe it was a bakery.

This is a quaint European-looking shop. I believe it was a bakery.

Sankeien is only 300 metres away!  That's why I was in Honmoku.

Sankeien is only 300 metres away! That's why I was in Honmoku.

These are American style houses.  Actually, this area was home to many Americans, which is why there are a lot of American style houses.  This group of houses is in a gated community, where you can only enter if you're invited.

These are American style houses. Actually, this area was home to many Americans, which is why there are a lot of American style houses. This group of houses is in a gated community, where you can only enter if you're invited.

A more Japanese style home in Honmoku.  It seems to have a nice garden.

A more Japanese style home in Honmoku. It seems to have a nice garden.

That’s it for Honmoku.  As I promised, I’m going to start using Google Maps in posts.  So, here’s the map for Honmoku!

Next time will be Sankeien!

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