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January 18, 2004 – Walking around Yokohama

I met a language exchange partner in Yokohama today, let’s call her Aruko. We did a lot of walking around together. One of the highlights was the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery and accompanying museum. When Japan reopened the country to the outside world in the 1800s, Yokohama became the place where most of the foreigners settled. The cemetery houses some of the important foreign settlers from that time period.

After sightseeing and a lot of walking, Aruko and I went to Yurindo bookstore which has a large English section, though not as good as Kinokuniya. I bought the second volume of the Complete Sherlock Holmes collection. I also found an interesting book that teaches Japanese speakers how to talk dirty in English. Seriously, this book was explicit. No, I do not have examples, and no I didn’t buy it.

(2014 update)

I should have bought it 🙂

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December 28, 2003 – Yokohama Redemption

Cosmo Clock in Yokohama at night

Cosmo Clock in Yokohama at night

Today I spent a great day in Yokohama with the Penpal. We started the day off with a trip to the famous Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. Just like the name would indicate, this museum is dedicated to the history of Japan’s favourite noodle soup. Japan has some unique museum ideas.

The upper level has a history of ramen in Japan, including pictures, videos, old packages, and TV commercials through the years. They also have an impressive collection of ramen bowls from famous ramen shops across Japan. The basement is the truly interesting part. There is a recreation of a city block set up to look like 1958 Tokyo. Within the city block there are 8 different restaurants, each specializing in a different type of ramen. Also, there are long lines. We waited about 45 minutes (the shortest line) to eat some really delicious noodles. The Japan geek in me loved the experience, but the cynical Canadian in me pondered the wisdom of paying to get into a museum so I could wait in line and pay for ramen.

After the museum, we wandered around Yokohama’s Chinatown. Even though I had been to Chinatown recently, I still saw new things on my second visit. From Chinatown we moved on to Minato Mirai to see the port area. Since we had been walking all day we stopped for karaoke to get a break. I sang Barbie Girl, various Beatles songs, and some Radiohead. The Penpal sang a lot of Sheena Ringo

After karaoke, we headed to Cosmo Clock, the giant Ferris wheel together. About one month earlier I had gone on Cosmo Clock with Asako, misread signals, and ended up making an ass of myself. However, the Penpal and I had been talking to each other often and started to see a bit more than just a friendly connection. Today, I was finally able to interpret signals correctly and made a move that was well received. Redemption in Yokohama!

We walked back to the train station hand in hand, cautiously optimistic that this could be the start of something good. I love Yokohama!

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