Saturday, October 25, 2014

Walking + Camera = Fun

Me and my camera off to see what we will see on a bright beautiful autumn morning.

Oh the joys of walking. Just put one foot in front of the other and soon the world is going by at an enjoyable pace.

Walking is even better when you do it with a friend.

Undercover walking.

One of the many nice things about Yokohama is the sidewalks. This place is a walkers paradise.

Nippon Odori has especially wide sidewalks.

Plenty of room for everyone.

Since I'm close to Zou No Hana park I'll just see what's going on over there.

Well now, this looks promising.

Folk dancing!

One never knows what one will see. This is fun!

And, these ladies are good.

They move to the music so smoothly, so well choreographed; very impressive.

The participants are having such terrific fun.

This lady snagged a guy from the sidelines. At this age there's no need to be shy; if you see something you like, grab it!

Well, back on the streets watching the world go by.

I prefer not to listen to music while I walk; others need to walk to the beat of their favorite band.

A live performance in Yokohama Park. The day is full of surprises.

She's good and soon a crowd starts to gather.

While others in the park tend to other things.

Another nice thing for walkers in Yokohama is the abundance of clean public restrooms.

The Marlboro man in Yamashita park.

Showing some love for Yamashita park.

I never walk alone in Yokohama.

Speaking of happy surprises!  The Folk dancers have been replaced by Hula dancers!

I'm glad I came back to Zou No Hana park.

Wow!

Double wow!

Dixieland band meets and greets with the dancers while the girls are waiting for the music to start for their last dance.

The big finale.

Back pounding the pavement. The day is so nice I feel like I could walk forever.

 Crossing the street to Aka Renga Soko where the Yokohama Oktoberfest is in full swing.

Beer lovers unite!


I enjoy a good cold beer but not now, I've got more walking to do. The paddle boarders are heading out to sea on the Ooka river.

Just when you think it can't get any better... it gets better! These guys were performing Okinawan songs with a kind of rock & roll twist.

This is the front of Kannai Hall in the Bashamichi district. There are often free concerts here on Sunday afternoon. It's always worthwhile to check this place out if you're in the area.

Time to head for home. I've walked for hours. My feet are tired, my legs are fatigued, and I couldn't be happier - it's been a wonderful day. I'm already looking forward to next weekend's walking adventure.
All images taken with a Panasonic GX7 camera and 15mm, 25mm and 42.5mm lenses.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yokohama Jazz Promenade 2014, day 2

The first day was so much fun we decided to return for the 2nd day. By the time we got there the serious fans were already starting to gather.

When they introduced this girl as the trumpet player I thought no way. She looked to thin to blow soap bubbles let alone blow notes on a trumpet.

Well, I was wrong; she played beautifully - very impressive!

Next up we headed back to the park in front of the World Porters Shopping Mall for some big band style swing. Fans of all ages were already enjoying the music.

They mixed it up with numbers by Glen Miller and some nice arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder and Billy Joel.


The biggest treat of the day was next. Behind the Cup Noodle Museum (yes, there is a Cup Noodle museum) by the waterfront a Junior High School band was just about to start.

These girls were fantastic! They played like professionals.

I could not believe that they were a Junior High band.

When they finished the crowd started chanting for more but because of the tight schedule they couldn't.

The waterfront background made for a nice environment for listening to the music.

Another High School band was up next and they were as equally gifted with talent as the first band.


Not only were they good, they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing too.

Not a band without a drummer.

After the second band we decided we'd had enough music for the day and it was time to walk about and enjoy being outside on such a nice day.

 We were not alone.

Some people can only handle so much of a good thing and then it's time to take a break.

We were happily surprised to find  another festival was being held at Nippon Odori; including some traditional dancing.

I guess one is never to old for a little street dancing.

One street vendor was serving up some hot goat meat; it smelled great.


As the day was getting long the temperature started getting cool and Emi took the lead to go home.

Looks like everyone is going home!

It was a great day - can't wait for next weekend.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike