The One about the Akitsushima PLH32 and the Japan Coast Guard Museum

For those walking through the area of Minato Mirai area (nearest to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse) in Yokohama, one is sure to see the Shikishima Class PLH (Patrol Vessel Large with Helicopter) vessel, the Akitsushima PLH32. Laid down in 2011 and launched in July 2012, the Akitsushima PLH32 was commissioned by the Japan Coast Guard on November 28, 2013. Next to the ship is the Japan Coast Guard Museum […]

The One about the Cosmo Clock 21 Ferris Wheel in Yokohama

In the central business district of Yokohama, if you ever go near Minato Mirai 21, you will come across the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the Pacifico Yokohama convention center, art musums, cafes, restaurants and malls. But one popular locations is the Cosmo Clock 21 ferris wheel at the Cosmo World amusement park (official site) in the Minato Mirai 21. The Cosmo Clock 21 was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.  Created in […]

The One about Chinatown in Yokohama

Yokohama is the largest city in Japan and it is known as Japan’s prominent port city following the end of Japan’s isolation in the mid-19th century. And in the late 1800’s, Japan’s trade with the Chinese would lead to many settling in the city as ferry services from Yokohama to Shanghai and Hong Kong were established. Chinese traders would come to Japan and develop a Chinese school and community center, […]

The One about Reminiscing about Rokkakubashi Shopping Street

If you are a student at Kanagawa University or living near the area, the place has restaurants, shops, pachinko…probably within that area is where you’ll see a lot of foot traffic. One of the things that people will find the shopping area in “Rokkakubashi Shopping Street” is that it’s quite retro in feel. Back in the 1400’s, samurai would go through Rokkakubashi to Kozukue Castle.  By 1871, Kanagawa Prefecture would […]

The One about the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

While the majority of the buildings you find around Yokohama’s Minato Mirai 21 are modern, you will find hundreds of people near two red brick warehouses known as the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. The buildings no doubt sticks out in the location and perhaps that is a very good thing as it houses concerts, events, 40 shops and attracts hundreds of visitors each day. Known as the Yokohama Akarenga Soko, […]

The One about Osanbashi in Yokohama

Yokohama is one of the most beautiful cities I have been to numerous times. And the port city is a popular destination and not far from Tokyo. But for those who want to experience Yokohama (and have good walking shoes on) and are near Minato Mirai 21, take the walk to Osanbashi, which is not far from China Town, Yamashita Park. The area features an outdoor event plaza, rooftop plaza […]