Monthly Archives: April 2012

2012 Picture of the Week (17/52) – Tsutsuji after the rain

As spring continues, everything is growing incredibly fast. Within the past week, grass has grown quite long, trees have grown a lot of leaves, and many flowers have bloomed. This is probably the most beautiful time of spring. After the rain, everything is very fresh. I took this picture of a Tsutsuji flower, a type of rhododendron, in a park near my home.

A beautiful pink tsutsuji rhododendron flower.

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2012 Picture of the Week (16/52) – Signs of spring

It’s definitely spring now. I love this time of year, not only because of the comfortable weather in the low 20s, but also because of the fresh new leaves and plant growth. The bright green colour is wonderful. Here are some interesting flowers surrounded by green.

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2012 Picture of the Week (15/52) – Miniature Pirate Ship?

On Friday, my wife, daughter and I were on Enoshima.  We went to the Enoshima Yacht Harbour and saw many yachts in the docks.  There was one yacht that caught our attention.  It almost looked like a small version of a pirate ship.  My wife said it looked cool.  Take a look!

Is it a tiny pirate ship, or just a unique yacht painted black? But look at that mast!

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Exploring Japan: Shinyokohama Raumen Museum – February 28, 2010

More than 2 years ago, I visited the Shinyokohama Raumen Museum (spelling is correct), or 新横浜ラーメン博物館 in Shin-Yokohama.  This museum is dedicated to ramen, the very popular Chinese noodle dish that is now quite Japanese.  This museum has branches of some of the most popular ramen restaurants from around Japan, giving you the opportunity to try 9 different kinds of ramen in one day.  You can go to just one restaurant for a full bowl, or you can try samples from each place.  There is also a cafe and bar, a drink bar, and a souvenir shop that sells many kinds of ramen, including instant ramen.

The museum has 3 floors.  The main floor has the entrance, exhibition and souvenir shop.  The entrance is like entering a train station with ticket gates and ticket attendants.  The rest of the museum is on the 2 basement floors.  It’s designed to look like an old-fashioned train station, where many ramen restaurants could be found.  Even today, train platforms in busy stations have ramen, udon or soba restaurants for the busy commuter.  Walking around the museum can be a bit of a challenge, because it’s very crowded, with many people waiting outside each restaurant.  Some parts of the museum are a bit narrow, but the atmosphere is like an old-fashioned 1950s neighbourhood.

It’s 300 yen for adults to enter, and each adult is expected to order at least one bowl of ramen.  3 month and yearly passes are available for 500 and 800 yen respectively, which is extremely reasonable.  Many people return to the museum frequently to have their favourite ramen.

I took a few pictures from my old iPhone in the museum, but no pictures are allowed in the restaurants.  This is what I managed to take.

Looking down at the lower level of the museum. I took this picture just after entering the basement.

Looking up from the lower level of the museum, it's much like an old station neighbourhood.

Waiting in line for a restaurant in one of the narrow "streets" on the upper basement floor.

I only tried one restaurant, and now that I look at the website, it was replaced last year by another restaurant.  However, it seems the ramen is similar.

If you love ramen, and you’re willing to spend a few hours waiting for 9 different kinds of ramen, then this is a great place to visit.

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Sunset at Shonan Beach

Last Friday, we walked down to the beach along the Hikiji River in Fujisawa.  We arrived at the beach near sunset, so we were treated to a wonderful display of the sun setting behind Mt Fuji.  Enjoy the pictures!

This was taken from a pedestrian bridge. Mt Fuji was visible, but due to the brightness of the sun, it overwhelmed my iPhone camera.

Looking a little farther north, you can see the Tanzawa Mountains and the Hikiji River.

Looking southeast, Enoshima was visible.

After crossing the pedestrian bridge, we looked west toward Mt Fuji. Again, you can't see it in this photo.

Mt Fuji is beginning to become visible.

Looking over to Enoshima, there are a lot of surfers in the water.

From the beach, I took this great shot of Enoshima.

The sun is beginning to go behind Mt Fuji in this shot.

I love the colours in this photo.

Zooming in on Mt Fuji a bit. Great shot.

Nice colours in this one. The sun has now gone behind Mt Fuji.

One final look at Mt Fuji, now that the sun has gone completely behind it.

We were quite fortunate that we arrived at the beach at this time, and that the clouds weren’t obstructing our view.  It was amazing to see!

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2012 Picture of the Week (14/52) – Cherry blossoms in Fujisawa

Cherry blossoms were late to bloom this year due to the colder than usual winter and early spring. But they finally bloomed! I took this picture yesterday at Hikijigawa Shinsui Park (引地川親水公園) along the Hikiji River. Unfortunately, rain later this week will likely end the short cherry blossom season.

The cherry trees were blooming between 20 and 80% yesterday. Not full bloom yet.

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