Last week, I was walking around the Byobugaura Station neighbourhood in Isogo Ward, and came across Morisengen Shrine. To get there, I had to go under an expressway bypass, then go up a steep and long stairway. The shrine was quite nice, but on my way down, I had this view of the neighbourhood, looking toward Shin-Sugita. You can see the torii near the bottom, and many buildings beyond. This shrine is built at the top of a large plateau/bluffs area in western Yokohama that is just behind Isogo Station. There used to be a very large hotel, Yokohama Prince Hotel, on this hill, but it was torn down a couple years ago.
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I was in Sugita on Sunday taking photos for “Japan by Train” and visited Myohoji Temple (妙法寺), which has a very old tree. The tree is an ibuki, or Chinese juniper. It’s not impressively large, but it is incredibly old. According to the sign, it’s over 600 years old. I wish I could read Japanese better, so I’d know the history of the tree. But this is the kind of thing I like finding when I explore neighbourhoods.
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In Japan, you can sometimes find graffiti. It’s not as common as in Canada, though. Japan is a very clean place, and people in the community work to clean up their neighbourhoods. But sometimes, you can find graffiti, which is hard to clean. Here is an example of graffiti, which actually seems a bit silly and kind of funny.
I would really be worried if someone wrote Big Bird or Cookie Monster.
It’s the 10th week of doing Picture of the Week, and I haven’t missed one yet. Here is a picture of Sugita’s Plala shopping centre, which also has a condo building on top.
I took this picture a couple days ago after I ate dinner. Nice sunset!
After eating by Shin-Sugita station, I saw this sunset.
It’s getting close to the time of the year for Tanabata, or the Star Festival. I’d already posted a picture about this last year, but I think this picture is much better. Tanabata is on July 7th.
Very colourful decorations for Tanabata.
This picture was taken on Friday afternoon during my lunch break. This is a building at Tozenji, a temple near where I work. It was a bright day, and the building is dark, so it showed the iPhone camera’s limitations.
A building at Tozenji temple.