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Exploring Japan: Naka Ward, Yokohama Part 5 – Zou-no-Hana Park, Aka Renga and more!

Here it is, the final part of this long walk.  This time, it’s a variety of things.  First, it’s Zou-no-Hana Koen, which means Elephant’s Trunk Park.  There’s a breakwater portion that’s shaped like an elephant’s trunk.  The park was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yokohama Port’s opening.  In the process, they discovered some old railway tracks under an old building.  After Zou-no-Hana, it’s Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.  I’ve already shown pictures of this area from the Y150 expo, but there are more pictures here!  This includes La Machine, though from a distance.  And finally, a walk past World Porters (big shopping centre) and Cosmo World (amusement park).  So, here are the pictures!

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

This area used to be an old building, but is now part of Zou-no-Hana Park.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

The breakwater part (the elephant trunk) of Zou-no-Hana Park and Osanbashi Pier.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

More Zou-no-Hana Park with Minato Mirai behind it.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Artwork by Zou-no-Hana Park, showing a historical view of the area.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

Dragon Boat, a Chinese themed sightseeing boat at Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

More Zou-no-Hana Park.

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park.  There's a historic spot in the middle.  Let's take a look!

A large open space in Zou-no-Hana Park. There's a historic spot in the middle. Let's take a look!

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago.  They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Looking down through the glass, there are old railway tracks that were used after the port opened 150 years ago. They were rediscovered when the building here was demolished.

Another view of the railway tracks.

Another view of the railway tracks.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

A view of Osanbashi Pier from Zou-no-Hana Park.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

This is trick art in Zou-no-Hana Park in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

A sideways view of the artwork.  It looks odd this way.

A sideways view of the artwork. It looks odd this way.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Upside-down, the artwork looks really strange.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Sailing ships docked at Osanbashi Pier.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Here's the grassy area of Zou-no-Hana Park.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Zou-no-Hana Park with Landmark Tower in the background.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

Tanemaru, the mascot of the Y150 Expo.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

This is where La Machine is kept near Aka Renga.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

Here's Aka Renga, the Red Brick Warehouse.

There's La Machine!  I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

There's La Machine! I saw this in September up close, but this was the first time I saw it back in July.

La Machine is alive!

La Machine is alive!

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

Here's the big globe that gets lit up at night at Y150.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine keeps moving.

La Machine's putting on a show.

La Machine's putting on a show.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

In this picture, you can see Y150, Aka Renga, Osanbashi Pier with the sailing ships and Yokohama Bay Bridge.

I guess Americans are lazy?  This store is in World Porters.

I guess Americans are lazy? This store is in World Porters.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

The big ferris wheel at Cosmo World.

And that’s it for that day’s walk in Naka Ward.  Coming soon will be some pictures from Tokyo.

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Exploring Japan: Yokohama to Minato Mirai

It’s been too long since I last posted pictures.  This time, it’s pictures that I took recently.  In fact, they were from Sunday, July 19.  It’s a walk from Yokohama station to Minato Mirai, with a little bit near Aka-Renga Soko and the new Zounohana Park.  I was only briefly at Zounohana Park that day, but as you’ll see in my July 20th pictures which I’ll post sometime later, I returned with a very long walk.

The walk from Yokohama to Minato Mirai I’ve made several times.  If you look at an earlier set of pictures from Minato Mirai that I posted, you’ll see that there are really big changes in the area.  4 years ago, most of the area was dirt and grass fields that had yet to be built on.  Now, most of the area is built up with expensive condo buildings, shopping areas and office buildings.  Most notably, Nissan’s new head office is being constructed now.  Anyway, take a look at the pictures!

The western side of Yokohama Station

The western side of Yokohama Station

Walking to Minato Mirai from Yokohama station.  There's the new Nissan building.

Walking to Minato Mirai from Yokohama station. There's the new Nissan building.

View from Sogo in Yokohama

View from Sogo in Yokohama

Near Yokohama station, a view from Sogo

Near Yokohama station, a view from Sogo

I just crossed that bridge from Sogo to Yokohama Bayquarters

I just crossed that bridge from Sogo to Yokohama Bayquarters

Another view of Sogo from the bridge to Minato Mirai.

Another view of Sogo from the bridge to Minato Mirai.

A picture of Minato Mirai from the bridge

A picture of Minato Mirai from the bridge

The new Nissan building in Minato Mirai.  Nissan's new head office.

The new Nissan building in Minato Mirai. Nissan's new head office.

A look back to Yokohama Bayquarter

A look back to Yokohama Bayquarter

The Yokohama F Marinos J-League soccer team's training centre in Minato Mirai

The Yokohama F Marinos J-League soccer team's training centre in Minato Mirai

A view of Minato Mirai.  This area has changed a lot in the last 4 years.

A view of Minato Mirai. This area has changed a lot in the last 4 years.

These trees line the streets in Minato Mirai.  The leaves are huge!

These trees line the streets in Minato Mirai. The leaves are huge!

Here's a view of Yokohama Bay Bridge from near Aka-renga.

Here's a view of Yokohama Bay Bridge from near Aka-renga.

The Yokohama Customs building in Naka Ward, near Aka-renga.

The Yokohama Customs building in Naka Ward, near Aka-renga.

A view of Minato Mirai from the new Zounohana Park

A view of Minato Mirai from the new Zounohana Park

I’ll get the next group of pictures up as soon as I can.  You’ll get to see the big spider from the 150 anniversary celebration of the opening of Yokohama Port.

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