Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Another post of man-made structure.

After two posts on the Tokyo Sky Tree, I'm back on track with the much-delayed trip report posts that I should have done right after our return from Japan last December. I got side-tracked, I guess. A LOT! heh

There's Landmark Tower in Yokohama and another building of note is :
Yokohama Red Brick warehouses which was built in 1911. It is facing the Yokohama Port and consisted of two wings. The former shipping warehouses are now renovated to house fancy restaurants and stores.

The first wing houses galleries and there's a hall for concerts. The second wing comprises of stores that includes a beer restaurant and Motion Blue Yokohama.
When we were there, the place was busily in the midst of preparing to put a skating rink, for Xmas celebration. It would've been nice to spend an evening there once the venue is set up, wouldn't it?
With the Cosmo Clock 21 (that's the ferris wheel) and Landmark Tower in the background. The adjacent park known as the Red Brick Park is a nice place to spend a day out relaxing.
It didn't look like it through these two photos, but the place is a popular spot. 
We had no interest in the restaurants or shops so rather than going inside the building, we chose to stay out and took a breather enjoying the port's view. Raimie was too tired to care where he's sitting! Mommy had a bit of energy left and couldn't sit still! LOL

There are two other places that I know that has red brick buildings in Japan. One is the Tokyo Station and the other is Hakodate's Red Brick Warehouse.

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  1. Looks like a nice place and would certainly stand out in Japan :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. These buildings actually reminded me of my old boarding school that I went to when I was 13 & 14 years old. ;)
      And yeah, they sure stand out. ^^

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  2. I never would have guessed there were fancy stores and restaurants inside. I hope you at least went inside to take a peek.

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    1. We peeked, but didn't venture further in after the initial peek. ;)

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  3. Does Mom ever sit still? :)

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    1. Mommy said that sitting down makes her tired and sleepy. That's why she always fall asleep aas soon as she gets a seat in trains in Japan. ;p

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  4. We have a lot of brickwork warehouses in London too, mostly along the River Thames.
    Most of them are very old.
    You know, when the Empire was still in its heyday, British people "stole" goods from their former colonies and unload here in London. Ha~

    You must come and visit the British Museum one day lah.
    You will see how powerful they really were in the past.

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    1. No need to visit The British Museum lah. Over here also people are still glorifying the British! ;p

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    2. Ha! Have you been to the Royal Museum in Johor Bahru?
      It's free for Johoreans to visit, other people from else states kena bayar RM2?!
      Ha... Why do we have such discrimination huh?
      You and me, we are all Malaysians, Malaysia first.
      No need to differentiate which state you come from. Right?

      Anyway, inside that museum, Sultan Abu Bakar collected a lot of British silvery ornamental plates.
      He was a BIG Anglophile - bad example for us to follow lah! Ha ha...

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    3. Ey! Don't talk bad about Sultans. Nanti people say you mendurhaka. o.O

      A lot of Malaysian students when come back after years of studying in UK bring back those silvery ornamental plates oso. Just like a lot take back Noritake items after finishing their studies in Japan. xD

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  5. Looks nice, but I've never been there. It's really popular for couples, especially at night. Not sure if I'll be going there anytime soon though. :)

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    1. The place sure is nice for a date. :)

      Not going there anytime soon? Why? Work schedule? Relationship status? ;p

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    2. Relationship status. We are too old of a couple. :o j/k

      Too far to be honest.

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  6. It's a good example to use an old buildings. I hope that such buildings will be increasing.

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    1. I think it is a pity for old, historic buildings to be torn down to make way for newer buildings.

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  7. Such a huge place which is rare in Japan. I wonder if the decor inside is also Japanese. Why didn't you go in!?

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    1. There are just shops and stores.

      We were more interested in the sights rather than goods.

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  8. Beautiful Rengo Souko photos. I am now in the most westeen Island named Yonaguni-Jima. I will come home two days after. Have a nice day for you.

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    1. What a lovely place to visit, Minor! Are you diving there? :)

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  9. This seems to be an interesting and peaceful place, is there any other attractions nearby?

    Simon

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    1. There's plenty! Cup Noodle Museum is just a short walk away. ;p

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  10. Hmmm, Yamashita Koen... it 's been years since I went there...

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    1. Ha! You went there for a date Lrong? ;)

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  11. What a great thing to do to only sit by the shore and watch people come and go! Your photos are making me want to travel to Japan right now!!!! :D

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    1. I'm happy to hear that. I really love to "poison" people into wanting to visit Japan. ^^

      Yeah, sitting by the shore, enjoying the sea breeze and watching ships in the sea and people on land are sure nice. :)

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