Category Archives: Kanagawa

The Always Energetic Yosakoi Festival

Jay Dee:

Here’s episode 2 of A Taste of Japan. This time, I attended a festival in Sagamihara called the Ranbu Yosakoi Festival. Great energetic dancing! Please watch the video.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

Last weekend, during my lunch break, I was able to go to the Ranbu Yosakoi Festival in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. Yosakoi is a type of dance that began in Kochi City in 1954 as a modern alternative to the more traditional Odori dance. This festival is held every year in September. They make plenty of noise! A lot of the music used is quite modern, and the dances are always very energetic. Very fun and uplifting.

In case you’re wondering, yes, I did take a video. And here it is. This is episode 2 of A Taste of Japan. Be sure to watch all the way through, because I have a full performance in this video.

Interested in seeing more? I’ll have a lot more Japan videos coming in the near future, and lots from famous tourist sites in Japan in October. So, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to…

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Living in Japan: Favourite Thing

Jay Dee:

I got a big question his week. Check out my answer.

Originally posted on I Read Encyclopedias for Fun:

It’s now April 20th, one year from our big move to Canada.  And in honour of that, Sierra has given me one of the most difficult questions to answer.  Thank you very much! Of course, if you have any questions, please post them on the original post here.

S. R. Carrillo asked this whopper of a question:

What’s your favorite part about living in Japan?

Hasedera in Kamakura Hasedera in Kamakura

Well, Sierra, this is a rather difficult question to answer because I love so much about Japan.  However, I would have to say that one of my favourite things to do is sightseeing.  In particular, old temples and shrines.  I love exploring different places.  The area i live in is so rich in history and historic sites that I haven’t seen them all.  And I lived in Kamakura, one of Japan’s old capitals.  I’ve seen the major sites, but I haven’t…

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A Shonan Beach Walk

It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m here with a big one.  Lots of photos for you to enjoy.

My family went to Kamakura today for lunch and a long walk.  We started off at Kamakura station and walked down to Kua’Aina, a Hawaiian hamburger restaurant that we really love to eat at.  I had a bacon mozzarella burger.



After lunch, we went down to the beach and enjoyed the view.  It was 15 degrees and sunny, and there were several surfers out.



The kites were out, as well.  They’re always around the beach looking for food.  They do a lot of hunting, but also tend to go after food that people have.  I took a video of the kites.


And here’s my daughter enjoying the beach.






After passing Inamuragasaki (the above picture), we could see Enoshima.  However, right below this picture, something interesting was happening.  In fact, a woman asked me not to take pictures.  But…


…after walking a while, I turned around, zoomed in, and took a picture.  They were filming a TV drama.  In Kamakura, there are a lot of TV shows shot.  Not just dramas, but also variety shows, food shows, and more.  There are also a lot of rich and famous people living in the city.



The famous Enoden train goes along the coast in southwestern Kamakura.  We saw a couple trains go by.


We entered Fujisawa, near Enoshima, and I saw an orange Lamborghini, though I’m not sure which model.  However, it appeared to be quite recent.




This is the last photo I took on our walk.  However, it wasn’t the end.  This was taken around Enoshima, and I zoomed in on the small sailboats.  Not so clear in this photo, though.  We continued walking until Tsujido Station in Fujisawa.  It was a total of 13.68 km. Not bad.  That’s our usual walk.


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2014 General Election in Japan

It’s now just after midnight, which means it’s December 14th.  And that means it’s time for the Japanese General Election!  I made a quick video about the election.  Check it out.

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A Look Back at Typhoon Phanfone

It’s been more than a day since Typhoon Phanfone passed through the Tokyo area, and I’ve been able to see the effects around my home.  Thankfully, there was no damage.  The wind wasn’t so bad, but the rain was incredibly heavy.  South of where I live, there were evacuation orders for those living around the Hikiji and Sakai rivers in Fujisawa.  I live about a 10 minute walk from Hikiji River, but my area wasn’t included in the evacuation orders.  However, when I went out to go to work, I saw the water level in the rivers around my home.  Unbelievable.

I’d like you to check out all of the posts I made during the typhoon.  I was live-blogging the entire time.  So, have a look.

October 5th (morning) – My original post.

October 5th (early afternoon) – Rain and wind were increasing, but nothing major yet.

October 5th (early evening) – On my way home.  It still wasn’t so bad, but I was getting wet.

October 6th (after midnight) – My last post before going to bed.

October 6th (8:42 am) – Holy crap, that’s heavy rain. The typhoon has arrived.

October 6th (after 9am) – Very heavy rain.  That’s a downpour.

October 6th (10:37 am) – We’d heard the evacuation order for Fujisawa at this time.  50 mm/h rain!

October 6th (around 11:30 am) – The rain had stopped suddenly and it became sunny quickly.  But look at these photos of the rivers.  They were incredibly high.

October 7th – A few thoughts about the typhoon.

So, today (or I should say yesterday, as it’s past midnight now), I went down to the Hikiji River to see the aftermath of the typhoon.  The water level had risen about 2 metres, which is pretty impressive for a river that is only about 50 cm deep.  So, please watch this video.

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Live-blogging Typhoon Phanfone

I’ve been live-blogging typhoon Phanfone on my book blog for a little bit of fun.  I’ve made several posts so far, but the typhoon hasn’t arrived yet.  However, it’s been very rainy and windy all day.  Tomorrow morning, the rain and wind will be very strong.  Winds of around 100 km/h are expected in Yokohama.  I work there tomorrow.  I wonder how I’m getting to work.

Check out the live blogs so far.

The morning of October 5th.

The afternoon of October 5th.

The evening of October 5th.

Late night/very early morning October 6th.

There should be three more posts coming tomorrow.  One in the morning, one around noon, and one during my break at work.

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It Can’t Be Halloween Yet, Can it?

It’s early September, and what do I see?  Halloween decorations.  Sounds like some businesses are very enthusiastic about Halloween to be decorating this early.  Not even out of summer yet.  Well, I made this video a couple days ago about how businesses in Japan tend to decorate for Halloween far earlier than they need to.  Keep in mind that the business I show is an opticians and they don’t have a special Halloween sale going on.

Now, this video isn’t just me talking about Halloween decorations.  You’ll want to watch to the end, because I had a rather creepy encounter.

I sure didn’t expect that.


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