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Yamashita Koen, Yokohama

  May 8th, 2010

Yamashita Koen in Yokohama is a popular place for people to relax and enjoy. Couples stroll up and down the waterfront, families picnic on the grass, children play. The park was formally constructed after the 1923 earthquake, but has a history back to the opening of the Port to the West over 150 years ago.

Nice to see the old forms of transportation on the streets of Yokohama. These tree lined avenues are really nice as well. Almost like a European city in atmosphere. Very different to Tokyo.

Nice to see the old forms of transportation on the streets of Yokohama. These tree lined avenues are really nice as well. Almost like a European city in atmosphere. Very different to Tokyo.

Yamashita Koen and the well known Hikawa Maru in the background. Beautiful day out.

Yamashita Koen and the well known Hikawa Maru in the background. Beautiful day out.

The park area of Yamashita Koen is laid out in sections. This area is a sunken garden which I think used to be a small boating pond back around 150 years ago when Yokohama Port was opening up to the West.

The park area of Yamashita Koen is laid out in sections. This area is a sunken garden which I think used to be a small boating pond back around 150 years ago when Yokohama Port was opening up to the West.

You can see some of the Minato Mirai buildings in the background here across the park.

You can see some of the Minato Mirai buildings in the background here across the park.

Great atmosphere in the park. Plenty of chance to take photos.

Great atmosphere in the park. Plenty of chance to take photos.

Lots of folks just strolling or taking photos made for a perfect relaxing weekend.

Lots of folks just strolling or taking photos made for a perfect relaxing weekend.

The date here is 1986 on this Edinburgh made wheel. Anyone know the history behind this? I am guessing there is a story that goes back many more years.

The date here reads 1986 on this Edinburgh made wheel. Anyone know the history behind this? I am guessing there is a story that goes back many more years.

The benches in Yamashita Koen are normally packed with people taking a rest and enjoying the scenery. At night time, couples take over the seated area.

The benches in Yamashita Koen are normally packed with people taking a rest and enjoying the scenery. At night time, couples take over the seated area.

The grassy areas overflowed with people too.

The grassy areas overflowed with people too.

Look closely and you can see this is not a dog, but a rabbit. Yes, even rabbits need to be taken out for a stretch of the legs every now and then.

Look closely and you can see this is not a dog, but a rabbit. Yes, even rabbits need to be taken out for a stretch of the legs every now and then.

The Spring Fair flower festival is on at the moment, so a number of flower displays have been set up in the park.

The Spring Fair flower festival is on at the moment, so a number of flower displays have been set up in the park.

These flowers were simple but looked great in the park giving the concrete a softer touch.

These flowers were simple but looked great in the park giving the concrete a softer touch.

Great place to share a beer, or maybe some Nihonshu.

Great place to share a beer, or maybe some Nihonshu.

A peak of the boat behind the flowers. Just testing out some DOF here with the 85mm lens.

A peak of the boat behind the flowers. Just testing out some DOF here with the 85mm lens.

The focus got a bit too distant on this shot, but I was trying to capture the シャボン玉, bubbles in the background.

The focus got a bit too distant on this shot, but I was trying to capture the シャボン玉, bubbles in the background.

Looks like Gachapin is peaking out of the tub by the flowers.

Looks like Gachapin is peaking out of the tub by the flowers.

17 thoughts on “Yamashita Koen, Yokohama”

  1. That rabbit is so cute. Looks like he is on a leash? That is so adorable.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      from the book “1,001 things you can put on a leash” 😉

  2. shibuya246 says:

    When was the last time you took a rabbit for a walk?

  3. shibuya246 says:

    not enough focus here. Should have maybe tried it at around f/3.0 ?

  4. shibuya246 says:

    Gacahapin is watching you. I think he wants a beer.

  5. perdomot says:

    Oh damn, I was there yesterday too! Small world man. I walked through the park on my way to Chinatown where I had the best damn shrimp chahan I’ve ever tasted.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Wow, we could have caught up

  6. salvidali says:

    maybe if you try the f/5.6 to catch the “bubbles” and some of the foreground . . . .

    1. shibuya246 says:

      wow, that much up. I will try that next time I see bubbles 🙂

  7. Andrea Watt says:

    Can’t beat the blue colour of the Lobelia in the foreground of the final photo. Such great colours.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      sure. I wouldnt have taken it apart from seeing Gachapin, but the colors do make a nice scene dont they?

  8. Neksus says:

    Lovely last pic, and lovely girl…
    You are a master in catching people in the right place at the right moment.

    People are a hard subject, you really need an eye better than an eagle’s…

  9. ~鈴多~ says:

    Thank you for those wonderful photos of my new home to be for one year starting September <3 It's nice to get an impression beforehand.
    The girl in the last picture looks like a Japanese version of a girl I know, who will study abroad as well, just at another university.
    I'm glad I found your site and I'm looking forward to your future posts and pictures.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Glad you like them. Have a great time. I am sure the year will fly by. Enjoy 🙂

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