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2012 Picture of the Week (52/52) – Commercial

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.


Filed under Japan, Kanagawa, Nishi-ku, Picture of the Week, Yokohama

2012 Picture of the Week (47/52) – Tall

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.


Filed under Japan, Kanagawa, Nishi-ku, Picture of the Week, Yokohama

Akibadai Cultural and Athletics Centre

On October 12, we visited Akibadai Cultural and Athletics Centre, which is located west of Shonandai Station in Fujisawa.  This facility has a couple of gymnasiums and a couple of pools, as well as a park, a soccer field, and cultural centre.  The main building has very interesting architecture which I thought I’d share.


The side of the main gymnasium.


The north end of the main gymnasium.


The north end from a different angle.


Swimming pool entrance.


West side of the building, including the main hall area.


This is the south gymnasium.


The east side of the south gymnasium.


From the southeast corner of the building, the main gymnasium dominates in this picture.


This is the main park area.


Steps up to the second floor near the main entrance.


More park!


The south gymnasium from the main steps.


This isn’t the building, but this shows a walking route from Akibadai to Keio University and back. I want to walk this route.


This is the main hall from the second floor. Notice the rock climbing wall?


The inside of the main gymnasium.


Stadium lighting at the soccer field.

I’ve been quite surprised by the architecture at the cultural centres around Shonandai.  The Shonandai Cultural Centre with the children’s science museum is also quite interesting, which I will eventually post about.

Comments are always welcome!


Filed under Fujisawa, Japan, Kanagawa

2012 Picture of the Week (45/52) – Modern

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.


Filed under Japan, Kanagawa, Nishi-ku, Picture of the Week, Yokohama

Exploring Japan: Kawagoe – March 14, 2010

I’m a sucker for historical places.  I love seeing old architecture.  One of the best places to see well preserved Edo Period architecture is in Kawagoe, Saitama.  The city is sometimes called Koedo, or Little Edo, because it has so much Edo Period buildings.  There are also many temples and shrines.  I didn’t have enough time to see everything I wanted to see, so I’ll have to go back again to see more.  Please enjoy the pictures!

The entrance to Crea Mall, north of Kawagoe Station.

A shop for hip hop and street wear. Is it for horses?

Walking down the street, the first old buildings can be seen.

Many of the old buildings are European style.

And many are Japanese style, like this shop.

Everything looks old here.

Next door is an old Japanese style building. I wonder if it's from the Edo Period.

This one impressed me. It has a nice classic design from when European architecture was popular.

There's even an old little car next to an old building.

Quite the mix here. It's old Japan meets modern Japan.

Across the street are some great old European buildings. Unfortunately, there was quite a bit of traffic.

A shop in an old Japanese warehouse.

Lots of temples and shrines are in Kawagoe. This is Houzenji Temple.

More old buildings. There are so many along this street!

And more traffic obscuring my view of these old warehouses.

Here's another wonderful old building. This is Saitama Resona Bank.

These buildings look old, but great!

Doesn't this just make you want to go back to the Edo Period?

Now I could see Toki no Kane, the famous landmark bell tower in Kawagoe.

Looking way up!

If you walk under the bell tower, you can see a small shrine.

And here's the bell tower from the other side.

Here's a gate to Yojuin Temple.

And Yojuin Temple itself.

Here's a very popular location in Kawagoe, Kashiya Yokocho. It's an old market street with many sweets shops.

Lots of old traditional sweets and snacks!

All the shops are in old buildings.

Even though this street is short, there's a lot to see and buy.

This is a small cafe which includes a VW bus.

Koi in a pond just outside a restaurant.

Finally, here is Gyodenji Temple. It has beautifully kept grounds.

The temple itself is also quite beautiful.

Here's a closeup of the carvings on the temple.

If you have a chance to visit Kawagoe, I definitely recommend it.  The street that most of this is on goes north from the east side of Honkawagoe Station.  The following map should help.  The street I was on goes from Honkawagoe Station up to just west of the Motomachi area.  Kashiya Yokocho is west of Motomachi.

This post is also participating in “Show Me Japan #27!”


Filed under Japan, Kawagoe, Saitama