Where did Yokohama Station go? It’s under some kind of cover. Is it getting a renovation like Tokyo Station? No way. Yokohama Station isn’t that historic. The original Yokohama Station is actually Sakuragicho Station now. What they’re most likely doing is cleaning the outside of the building. In Japan, when buildings are being cleaned, they put up scaffolding and hide the entire thing in a green or blue fabric.
Sorry about my finger getting in the way. It was a very windy day and hard to hold my phone.
A fuzzy blob is coming down to destroy Yokohama Station! Oh, that’s just my finger.
When I experienced my first snow in Yokohama, I couldn’t believe how everyone used umbrellas. I quickly realised why. This isn’t your typical Canadian snow. This stuff is wet. It sticks to you and melts right away. It’s just as bad as walking in the rain, and it’s often mixed with rain. Also, the snowflakes clump together to create massive supersized floating snow structures.
Today, it snowed. It snowed a lot. This was probably one of the biggest snowfalls I’ve seen in Yokohama. While it may not seem like much, it’s a big deal here.
This morning, before the snow started to accumulate.
This afternoon, the snow was coming down pretty heavily.
Early evening, on my way home.
That last picture shows why snow here is such a nuisance. It’s extremely wet. It may look like snow, but it’s really snow coating slush. As I was crossing the street, I stepped in what appeared to be pretty solid snow, but ended up being a 10 cm deep slushy puddle with white snow on top. I completely soaked my feet, and had to endure a 30 minute train ride, a wait for the bus, and a 10 minute bus ride. When I got home, my feet were so cold, I took a quick shower to warm me and my feet up.
I’m looking forward to several days of sunny weather.
Japan is home to many well-known companies, and is a commercial giant in the world. Japan is also home to many department stores. Sogo in Yokohama is one of the largest in the country, as is Takashimaya Times Square in Shinjuku. The Yokohama store of Takashimaya has 8 floors above ground and 2 underground floors. It contains many restaurants, a supermarket, and more. This picture was taken across the street from the store.
Just a little note about the numbering of this post. Somehow, I managed to get 52 pictures in 51 weeks. I’m not sure which week I posted 2 pictures. So, I’ll do a bonus picture next week.
Reflection on Takashimaya Yokohama store.
If you haven’t noticed by now, this and the previous two Pictures of the Week have been titled using a single adjective. I’m using these to show what you can find in Japan. There’s modern, traditional, and now tall. I took this picture today while out at Minato Mirai in Yokohama. We went to the Okome Matsuri (Rice Festival) at Aka Renga Soko, which I’ll post about in the next few days. This picture is of a tall building, which is the tallest building in Japan, but not for long (one in Osaka will be slightly taller). Landmark Tower has been the tallest building in Japan for 20 years. I have posted about it before, but this was just such a beautiful day and wonderful conditions for this photo. The building’s 69th floor has an observatory which costs 1,000 yen to reach, but it gives some amazing views. I love tall buildings, and I hope to go to Tokyo Sky Tree next year.
The tall Landmark Tower with some autumn foliage.
Japan is modern. There’s no denying that. Japan is known around the world for electronics and cars, so you would expect Japan to be a high tech sci-fi-like country. Well, it has its futuristic moments, but it’s mostly just a modern country. I like architecture, and that’s one place where Japan shows its modernity. This building is in Yokohama. It’s not a particularly tall building, but it shows that modern look.
Curved glass makes a modern look.
Today, I found myself on the 8th floor of a building in downtown Yokohama. This view is looking away from the main part of the central business district near Yokohama Station.
It’s a hot day in Yokohama!