Realise the significance of...
Realise the significance of Kamakura period during which Buddhism was revitalised.
Also, learn to differentiate between the different Buddhist sects in Japan & understand the significance of this religion on the lives of Japanese. Since its first introduction to the people about 1500 years ago, many different Buddist movements have been practised here.
One major movement is ZEN (meaning meditation), one-time favorite of the samurai. Zen was popularised during the Kamakura period.
3 major sects are: Soto, Rinzai & Obaku.
Its emphasis on zazen (sitting meditation) & rigorous mindset with uncluttered sublimity have a profound influence on Japanese culture to date.
ZEN strives to bring out the Buddhahood of the individual trhough meditation & seeks the empty center of the self.
Yokohama Marine Tower was built in 1961 to mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
As the symbol mark of Yokohama, this is a famous spot for enjoying the beautiful night view. It is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest lighthouse at 106 m.
The two-level observation deck 100 m above the ground commands an excellent view of Yokohama Bay Bridge, Hikawa-Maru, Miura Peninsula and Boso Peninsula.
The first floor gift shop is an ideal spot for buying Yokohama souvenirs.
Shotengai, Bull Dog Sauce & Croquettes
"The Common Walk"
I lived in an area of Yokohama City called Kami OoooKa. Yes, it really had that many o's. Everyone spent what seemed like an eternity when the got to the o's in Ooooka. My apato was about a 12 minute walk from Kami Ooooka eki. You could take a couple different routes to get there and it was nestled into the side of a hill with a wall on one side. It was private and quite. I really liked it. I usually walked from the train station through the shotengai (covered shopping arcade) to the left along a river and on a winding street filled with shops and restaurants, across a small bridge, and up a hill.
"Great Japanese Deli"
There was a great Japanese deli in that shotengai where you could get all kinds of treats: yakitori; croquettes; dumplings; bento lunches and dinners. Of course, I often stopped there on my way home. I also would purchase Bull Dog sauce at the market just behind the deli. I loved to put the Bull Dog sauce on my rice. That market was a little upscale but there prices were still pretty good.
"Scalding Hot Water & Naked Men"
Another way I liked to walk home from Kami Ooooka train station was to cross the street but instead of going through the shotengai, make a left before entering then passing Fuji Super (one of my all time favorite Japanese supermarkets) before making a right at the next street which would take you pass some older wooden shops. There was a small vegetable and fruit shop on the left. An old kimono store on the right and just up the street from that on the same side a rather old but not in the historic sense old - sento - a Japanese public bath.