Thursday, February 11, 2016

Seeing Red at Osanbashi

It was a typical Thursday stroll. Just me plodding along the city streets, following anyone who happened to be in front of me and going in the same direction as I was.

Somebody checking out a restaurant that specializes in Ramen and Curry.

They say that in the promised land there's a pretty girl behind every tree. This must be the place!

There is no shortage of restaurants in Yokohama. The trick is picking a good one.

This gentleman must have gotten a copy of my retirement plan. If one is going to enjoy a good book while sitting on a bench, Bashamichi is as good a place as any to do that.

One of the quiet side streets of Bashamichi.

As I drifted into the Zonohana waterfront area the town crier was making an anouncment -- "It's big, it's red and... it's here!"

She was not kidding! Moored at Osanbashi was the biggest non-passenger ship I had ever seen.

It had a stern-gate lowered and I don't know why.

As I approached closer I could tell a couple of things: (1) it had just arrived (2) it looked brand new.
There was quiet a crowd gathered to look at this huge ship.

The name of the ship is "Drive Green Highway" and it appears to be a vehicle carrier. Very blunt bow; one could use it as a movie screen at a drive-in movie theater.  

Well, time to move on and leave the "Drive Green Highway" in my rear view mirror.

Just around the corner from Osanbashi is the wildly popular Yamashita park.

Bird watching is an addictive past time. 

People watching is addictive too!

I think that the balloon was keeping her from falling on her face.

This was a first for me, this lady brought her pet parrot to the park to enjoy bird watching.

Incoming!

There are truly a lot of happy smiling people here today. One should never underestimate the value of a good park. The moment one finds themself thinking that there's nothing to do,  get up and go to a park! Pack a lunch, fill a thermos with coffee or tea, bring a book (or a camera) and enjoy yourself. Sit on a bench and watch the world go by, or walk up and down the promenade; it's all good!

If one is really into people watching - there's no place better than China town.

There are people everywhere!

Hey! Bird watching too!

There's plenty of steamed dumplings ready to eat at a reasonable price.

As the Sun starts to lower itself toward the horizon lights and lanterns are illuminated.

This must be where the feather weight boxers hangout.

Red lanterns are everywhere!

The back streets of Noge take on an exotic look in the evening.

Cold beer and Yakitori are waiting inside - time to put the camera away and enjoy! It's been a darn good Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Simply Wonderful

It starts like this... you wake up one morning and you realize that you want to live the rest of your life with someone special. This happened to me 30 years ago and life has been simply wonderful ever since.

She's my everything

We recently attended the wedding of our niece.

Weddings make everyone happy.

Weddings make everyone look good too!

The women in our lives. They're strong when we're weak. They navigate when we're lost. They make us think we're incredibly sharp and mature when in reality we're not. One should never take the women in our lives for granted.

Dearly beloved,
we are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life
-- Prince

Husband and wife - just looking at them makes me feel so happy.

Happy couples are everywhere. In my everyday walks I see couples hand-in-hand enjoying simply being together.

Yamashita Park was built just so that couples would have a place to walk. It's a true story!

A view to a lifetime of happiness.

Call me a romantic old fool if you like, but I see love and happiness wherever I look.

I could go on showing pictures of couples but I see other stuff too. So, here's some of that stuff!

I can't walk past the skating rink without snapping a few pictures.

We cheer for the speedy skaters and we send out subliminal messages of support to the weaker ones.

Wide open space.

When I say "meet me at the tree" I mean this tree.

Another example of a four story building.

Look and ye shall see

Look closer and ye shall see more!

I like red bricks. So long as nobody is throwing them at me that is.

I like light bulbs too!

Consider the neck tie. It adds a dash of color, a touch of class, a bit of distinction; makes me wonder why most men tend to avoid wearing them.

No respect.

A mighty tugboat returning to port.

Hanging out in the local record shop.

My old friend Nicky.

I live in a country that truly embraces tassels.

The red tassel. It holds the curtain away from the window so that we can gaze out the window on the world. It's simply wonderful!

This post is dedicated to all the happy couples in the world. Couples like Ken & Sara!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike