Friday, 20 January 2012

Autumn Reminiscence - Yokohama


"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower"
                                                                                     
   Albert Camus



Yokohama - Japan's second largest city.

We took a stroll around the Minato Mirai 21 which is a seaside urban area in Central Yokohama one fine Autumn morning.
 
 
 
and witnessed our very first autumn sights after 8 consecutive years visiting Japan. First experience is always memorable.
On the last day we were in Japan, the leaves left their tree and settled on the pavement.
Just like the leaves leaving their trees, leave we must back to our home in Kuala Lumpur.

And as with the seasons, return we will one day to Japan - that I am sure of. ^^

Pucuk pauh, delima batu
Anak sembilang di tapak tangan
Sungguh jauh, negeri satu
Hilang di mata, di hati jangan

a Malay pantun for lost love, but I think it is also apt for me and my "love" for Japan. ^^

translation:
A ruby, a mango shoot
A tiny catfish on my palm
The world is one, tho far to boot
When out of sight, keep memory warm.

Do read previous posts of this Autumn Reminiscence series while you are here visiting.
Autumn Reminiscence - Lake Kinrinko
Autumn Reminiscence - Shikoku Mura
Autumn Reminiscence - Nara
Autumn Reminiscence - Ritsurin Koen
Autumn Reminiscence - Ueno Park
Autumn Reminiscence - Yanaka Cemetery

33 comments:

  1. Wauw, this Ferris Wheel looks enormous. How high is it?

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  2. Wauw, this Ferris Wheel looks enormous. How high is it?

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. The Ferris Wheel - Cosmo Clock 21 used to be the tallest ferris wheel in the world, when it opened in 1989. Its height is 112.5 mtrs

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  3. I haven't been to Yokohama yet- it looks lovely. Maybe I'll get there next visit.

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    1. If you are in Tokyo, it's just a short train ride away. ;)

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  4. Blue sky, red leaves, reflection in water = perfection. That's a beautiful pantun. The more I hear of your language, the more I think it sounds like raindrops. Maybe that's a silly comparison, but I stand by it.

    PS: You'll have to come back! We have to go up Sky Tree, remember?

    PPS: It's snowing in Tokyo today. Not enough to accumulate, but this magic white stuff makes me feel as excited as a child. Wheeeee! ^^

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    1. Autumn season sure gives a lovely reflection.

      I totally understand you and that raindrop comparison. :)

      Sky Tree is way too expensive! I'll make do looking at it from afar. xD

      Snow in Tokyo. Ooooo... Wish I was there. ^^

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    2. OK, let me change that: "You'll have to come back. We have to run to Sky Tree from Asakusa."

      Better? ^^

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    3. Yes, that's more like it. ;)

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  5. may i ask,can the tourist visa to Japan be used repeatedly within the 3months? or is it for one time use only?

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    1. ieda,
      you from Malaysia. Tourists visa is for single use, single entry only, unless you applied for multiple entry visa.

      The three months duration is the max the Embassy will grant to you, however your actual visa might not be for 90 days. If your itinerary mentioned that you are holidaying for less than 2 weeks, a visa for 14 days may be granted to you, or a month.

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    2. thanks for the info..but,if i planned on going to tokyo & osaka but at 2months' interval,i need to apply for visa twice? all the document to apply for visa need original copy rite? can i send photocopy of employment letter but is certified by my superior? sorry byk sgt tanya..excited nak pergi sebenarnya :)

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    3. You should call Japan Embassy and check. They do have provisions for multiple entry visa, you know. Proof is needed of course to be eligible for it.

      All documents need to be original, well except if you use ASB as proof, then a certified-true-copy of your bank book will suffice.

      Employment letter? I've never submitted a CTC copy of it, but why not ask HR to give you a letter instead. Employment letter means just a letter confirming you are working for that particular company at this time.

      Actually to tell you the truth, the embassy wouldn't know who are authorised signatories in your company would be, so even you can sign your own letter, what.

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    4. thanks for all the info..if it's not too troublesome for you,could you send me a copy of the letter you had to apply for the visa? just for reference..it'd be very helpful.thanks in advance :)

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    5. Your HR should have a set letter of employment confirmation.

      It just need to state that you are working in the company, your capacity there & the length/duration of your approved leave. Address the letter to Japan Embassy. That's all. Very easy.

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  6. I love the golden trees along the riverside! Gorgeous! :D

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    1. Sure is. I just wish we had more time to enjoy them more leisurely there. ^^

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  7. Yokohama is one of my favourite cities in Japan and there is always a lot to do and see in Yokohama. Did you visit the famous China Town?

    Japan Australia

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    1. Here's the thing about us and Chinatown - we aren't exactly interested in them. I guess we have Chinatown overload already here in Malaysia. xD

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  8. I have enjoyed your reminiscences of autumn in Japan. There is something sad about autumn for me so I liked tre Camus quote which sees a way to liken it to Spring. Sure hope you return to Japan soon - it's so interesting to read what you do!

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    1. Thank you. Your comment is much appreciated. ^^

      Autumn is kinda sad, isn't it. Autumn is a time for reflection and nostalgia... why is that, I wonder? But one can't help to do.

      I sure hope we will return. It would be great if we do before 2014!

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  9. The first shot is great. Generally Yokohama is popular because there are many beautiful cityscape.

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    1. Thanks. :)

      Yes, Yokohama has plenty of beautiful sights to visit and see. ^^

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  10. Beautiful sights! Love the pictures : )

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    1. Thanks. :)

      No need to write long winded story with nice photos, right? ;)

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  11. Oh, I'm sure you'll go Japan again. This year or next? : D

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    1. 2014 is the plan.

      But maybe can go earlier if strike Jackpot. LOL

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  12. Seeing these makese me want to go back to Yokohama soon. Nice pictures.

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    1. Thanks.:)

      Likewise, your walkers photos makes me want to brave the cold and visit Sendai again! ^^

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  13. The falling leaves drift by the window.
    The autumn leaves of red and gold.
    I remembered the lyrics ofAutumn leaves.

    Just like the leaves leaving their trees, leave we must back to our home in Kuala Lumpur.

    Reading above sentence. I found that you were the poetess

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    1. You are too kind with your words. ^^

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  14. Whenever I think of Yokohama, I think of the ferris wheekl, but have never gone close to it. Is it in an amusement park? The water in that lake is so calm and looks like glass.

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    1. Yes, it's at Yokohama Cosmo World. :)

      It's not a lake, we were at the bayside. ^^

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