Flashback: Minato Mirai at Golden Week 2005 – Part 1

Be prepared for a lot of pictures.  During my first Golden Week in Japan, I visited Minato Mirai before joining other teachers for dinner near Yokohama Station.  For those of you unfamiliar with Japan, here’s a little background.

Golden Week is a series of 4 holidays in the period from April 29 to May 5.  I happen to get a whole week off during that time.  I was going to meet other teachers for dinner at the end of April, and I decided to tour Minato Mirai.  This was my first time in Minato Mirai, which is the ultra-modern area in Nishi Ward that includes Japan’s tallest building, Landmark Tower.  Yokohama Station, which is one of the busiest train stations in the world, is to the northwest of Minato Mirai, and is the actual downtown area.  However, Minato Mirai has been under heavy development over the past few years, and is quite impressive now.  The pictures I have here show a lot of open space in Minato Mirai, which has since been mostly filled in by tall condo buildings and office buildings, including Nissan’s new head office.  Next to Minato Mirai is Cosmo World, which has the world’s largest clock (actually, it’s a ferris wheel).  Cosmo World is an amusement park with one of the best locations in the world.  Cosmo World is actually in Naka Ward, which has Yokohama’s city hall, Prefectural government office and Chinatown.  But let’s get on with the tour.

Landmark Tower in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Landmark Tower in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

The ferris wheel at Cosmo World from Minato Mirai

The ferris wheel at Cosmo World from Minato Mirai

Landmark Tower.  It's really tall.

Landmark Tower. It's really tall.

Here's some English in Landmark Plaza

Here's some English in Landmark Plaza

More Landmark Tower and other skyscrapers

More Landmark Tower and other skyscrapers

The tall Landmark Tower again

The tall Landmark Tower again

Queen's Square in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

Queen's Square in Minato Mirai, Yokohama

To be continued in the next post.  There are many more pictures.

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