Yokohama Birthday Bash – Part I

It was my birthday the other day, and slightly depressed over slowly inching towards “old old panda” status (not yet, but it’s coming…), I decided to go to Yokohama with some friends to celebrate and take my mind off the ever-present press of time.

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As frequent readers of the pandablog may know, I love roller coasters with a passion. I’ve been to most of the big ones in Japan, but for some reason hadn’t been to Cosmo World in Yokohama yet. So that’s where we went, followed by a delicious all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in the neighboring Chinatown.

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Cosmo World isn’t a huge park, and the rides are certainly tamer than some of the bigger parks, but in terms of setting and scenery, it can’t be beat. Located right on the waterfront, its ferris wheel forms part of Yokohama’s oft-photographed iconic horizon line. Not only that it’s also conveniently located next to the old red brick warehouses of Akarenga in the Minato Mirai area of the city, filled with lots of delicious restaurants, stores, entertainment, ships, the tallest building in Japan and other touristy things to see.

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This part of Yokohama is fantastically photogenic (if we can use this adjective for inanimate objects) due to its aforementioned waterfront location, widely varied structures, interesting architecture and most of all, the fact that many of the buildings are white, which makes for amazing contrast against the blue, blue sky.

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Speaking of those blue, blue skies which I love oh so very much, it was absolutely gorgeous that day. The clouds perfect, white, streaky and feathers, cumulous and puffy, floating and whispy. The sky was azure and cerulean, teals fading into whites and indigos blending with prussian and all the other shades of blue beauty in between.

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Roller coasters, good friends, delicious food and beautiful skies. What more can you ask for on a birthday? More pics after the keep reading link below.

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Okay that’s it for now. Thanks for reading! There will be a part II to this post, if I get around to it one of these days :) .

Now listening to: Mr. Hudson feat. Kanye West – Supernova (Calvin Harris Mix)

6 Reactions

  1. Andrew

    Hi Michael,
    Happy birthday a little late.
    SB and I went to Yokohama on Tuesday, but we just visited Chinatown and Yamashita Koen. It was a fun day.
    Glad you were able to have a relaxing day with your friends.
    Andrew

  2. moritheil

    Happy birthday!
    Wow, that looks scary. It’s a good thing you did lunch after, and not before.

  3. Marty

    Hey, happy B-Day Mike. You’ve got to be closing in on 30 by now huh?
    I’m half way to 40, with a kid.. Oh man, I just made myself sad.

  4. Michaelpanda

    @Marty: thanks, don’t remind me hahaha. 30 is sniffing about man. *sigh*
    @Moritheil: Thanks! Actually we ate before we went on the roller coasters if you can believe it! (we went to the Chinatown for dinner). But to our credit, none of us threw up on the rides!
    @Andrew: Thank you! Ah, so you were in Yokohama too eh? How was Yamashita Koen? I haven’t been there recently (I think I went about 5 years ago but don’t remember anything about it…)

  5. matsudolegend

    ahhh some very late congrats are in order. sorry for the extreme belatedness of this but happy birthday!!
    ps. i’m booked on a flight to japan on Dec 7th. maybe you could show me how to shoot clouds like you do?
    all the best mike!

  6. Monique

    Happy late birthday!!
    I stood at the same place and took a photo of the rollercoaster going towards the hole…but yours is a million times better!!
    BTW, how was that rollercoaster when you went underground?
    What is the best rollercoaster in Japan in your opinion?