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.
After nearly 40 straight hours of constant rain, the sky began to clear up in the afternoon. The air was absolutely clear. What does that mean? A very clear view of the Tanzawa Mountains and Mt. Fuji. I took this picture from work today, and it was incredible to see. Mt. Fuji was capped by clouds, but you can see that it’s still covered by snow. It’ll be a while until it’s snow-free.
I love being able to see Mt. Fuji regularly.
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.
The Yokohama New Transit Seaside Line is a people mover in Yokohama’s Kanazawa Ward. It differs from traditional railways in a couple ways. It doesn’t run on rails, it runs on a guideway with rubber tires. Also, it has no driver. It’s completely automated.
Yesterday, we went to Costco, which is near Namiki-chuo Station. I took this picture on the platform, which is completely enclosed.
It’s mid-afternoon, so no big crowds yet.
I never get tired of this view. One of the best things about living in Kanagawa is that Mt. Fuji can be seen from almost anywhere, as long as your view isn’t obstructed. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may recognise this view. On the left is Mt. Fuji covered with snow and some clouds, while the mountains in the foreground are the Tanzawa Mountains. I’ve climbed two mountains in this photo, Mt. Fuji and Mt. Oyama (it’s the peak on the left in the Tanzawa Mountains). No matter how many times I see this view, I am amazed. It is beautiful.
Mt. Fuji and the Tanzawa Mountains on a very clear day.