First Impressions of Japan

A few things that caught my eye while walking everywhere with my camera (& phone)!

Yokosuka (where we are at) has so many steep hills and so to get anywhere you usually end up traveling through at least one tunnel. Just on base to get from the Navy Lodge to the main gate you have to go through three tunnels in a row.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Here there aren't as many people driving mopeds or motorcycles as I had expected prior to arriving here. There are however lots of these rather laid back, pimped mopeds.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Thought the chair was cute!

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Many of our first days here were spent searching for a house. Here is an example of one of the houses we looked at and the hills I was speaking of. In the end the owner wasn't willing to allow cats. Just as well as it had a few other problems with it. We did end up finding a house though that was in the process of getting a few touchups and so are still in the process of waiting to move in,sign more papers and pay our deposits.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Some of you might know what a tatami mat or tatami room is. For those of you that don't here is what one looks like. Typically rooms are measured by how many tatami will fit in it. I think a 12x12 ft room is an 8 tatami room or just 8T. Most tatami rooms are a bit more traditional looking then the rest of the house. In some houses all there are are tatami rooms. The windows have sliding paper screens over them and there is usually an alcove for flowers or perhaps a shrine.

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First-Days-Japan-Naomi-VanDoren 3

People watching here in Yokosuka.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

I don't know what this building is or what it is for. We found it in downtown Yokosuka while we were busy getting lost (we didn't know it at the time).

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

And near the main train station, Yokosuka chuo, are these lanterns. "Moon" stands out and I can read a few of the other characters though I don't know what it means.

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First-Days-Japan-Naomi-VanDoren 5

The ferris wheel in Yokohama, about a 20 min away from us. The clock in the center is (one of) the world's largest clocks.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

A dinner at Denny's isn't exactly what you expect. But it was tasty if not expensive.

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Here there is a vending machine on every corner. They sell all kinds of drinks, even hot drinks such as coffee or expresso!

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First-Days-Japan-Naomi-VanDoren 1

On the pedestrian bridge just off base. A friend took Anson & I to get bikes this past weekend and we are so grateful. It cut our walking times in half!

Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren
Firs Days in Japan | Naomi VanDoren

Hope you'll visit!