Saturday, May 2, 2015

Golden Week - Done Dirt Cheap!

Golden Week, the week long vacation when them that can afford it travel to exotic places and spend a lot of money staying in expensive hotels, eat at pricey restaurants and shop for overpriced designer brand goods. And, then you have the rest of us poor slobs that stay home and do things that don't cost too much. Well, that ain't so bad; here's what I'm doing:

For starters, get up early and enjoy a cup of coffee while walking around our flower garden.

Then, head to Yokohama where there's always something to do that doesn't coast anything.

Hanging out in Yamashita park with the other people who couldn't afford to fly to Hawaii.

Go for a walk around The Bluff with a friend.

Walking around the Isezakicho shopping street doesn't cost a dime if all you do is walk.

The waterfront is another good place to sight see for free.

Man! That is one big cruise ship moored at Oosanbashi.

It's a lot cheaper to dream about going on a cruise than it is to actually go on a cruise.

A day cruise on the much smaller Royal Wing dinner cruise ship is much cheaper and at the end of the day you're back in your own home sleeping in your own bed!

The ultimate in cost savings! Go to the luxurious"Hotel New Grand" and just walk around.

There's the inner courtyard with it's charming fountain.

The elegant second floor sitting room.

No need to check in to the hotel, just take some time to sit by a window and enjoy the old world atmosphere.

This room is as historical as it is beautiful.

High ceilings and hanging lamps add so much to the interior.

I think this place was built in 1927.


I hate to leave but there's so much more to do.

A free concert in front of Kannai Hall. Everyone likes rock & roll, right?

Wrong!

Ok, back to things to do that don't cost much:

Running

Biking

Consuming alcohol in public

Consuming more alcohol in public

Walking along the Nihon Odori avenue

One of my favorites - people watching!

And, lastly, a free Taiko drum performance in front of the Kanagawa Prefecture Government building.

These high school kids put on a great show.


This is some great entertainment - these kids are good!


It does my heart good to see young people devote themselves to such artistic endeavors.

Well, that's just a sample of the many things that can be done during golden week dirt cheap!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Friday, April 24, 2015

An eclectic life

This is the first time I've used the word eclectic in one of my posts. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and it doesn't even rhyme with anything but I'm going with it anyway. So, here are my eclectic life images from a couple of days last week.

Children don't walk they float on a cloud of energy. Parents walk.

The tulips in Yokohama park were still going strong.




Enter the white tulips.

They possess an elegance that their multicolored neighbors can't quite match.

They bend but the don't break.

The tulip security guard

Capturing an image.

Moving on... the cherry blossoms are gone and have been replaced by green leaves. Green is good.

A walk in the park will do me some good.

The Noge district looks better at night.

Another sign of spring is the outdoor cafe.

When I said eclectic, I meant eclectic! Samba dancers!

This is why I always make Yoshida-cho a part of my walkabout. They know how to throw a block party.

Dancing in the street!

And, here comes the drum corps.

Can't dance without a beat.

Another day in the park...

...followed by lunch at the wine bar.

The window on my world is filled with soft light. Actually, this is part of the Yokohama Historical Archive; a building that was originally the British Consulate.

On a warm spring afternoon Yamashita park is a nice place to be.

If one prefers a little solitude, French Hill Park is good.

More cherry trees gone to green. It should be noted that Yokohama city is a pedestrian friendly place to be. The promenades are wide and well maintained.

A clean city is a happy city.

End of the day for me, back to the train station.

Last shot of the day: One of my neighbors Azalea bushes is looking quite beautiful as it escapes from the garden fence.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike