30.08.2012 - 28.09.2012
While I have been here in Japan I have been staying with a friend Merilyn who lives in Yokohama, which is about 35kms away from Tokyo. It has been great to have a base for the month and she has been a very very kind friend to me. Yokohama itself is a lovely city. It is right on the water and has a very big harbour – reminds me a little of Fremantle. With over 3 and a half million people here you would think that it would be busy and loud. But most of the time it is the complete opposite. You can be walking around the city and it will be quiet and slow paced – it is like you get all the benefits of a big city but without the hustle and bustle.
Merilyn works at the Yokohama International School and the conditions she has described to me has made it seem a wonderful option to consider!!! Do you know that you even get paid to supervise school dances - $50!!! And don’t get me started on how much DOTT they get! I think I could be keeping my eye out on jobs!
There are some wonderful things to do and see in Yokohama. One of my favourite places from day one has been the Red Brick Warehouse – which is full of funky shops – ahhh if only I had money. The Cup Noodle Museum has been another weird and wonderful experience. It is based on Cup Noodles and the man who invented it – he has definitely made an impact on the world. While you are there you can make up your own cup noodle and even decorate the cup. I made up 2 for the emergency earthquake pack that Merilyn still needs to make up! (And we have had one small earthquake since I have been here). I have also visited Sankien Park – which was beautiful (would love to see it in the middle of Autumn). I had a free guide who took me around and explained all the buildings and its history. There was hardly anybody else in the park and I was the only westerner. I love going to places that are not on the tourist track.
Some of my time in Yokohama has also been taken up by going to the dentist and getting a root canal! I bet there are not many people who can say they have done that while travelling Japan. Luckily through Merilyn’s work I was booked into a dentist just up the hill and they all speak English. Though I have a great fear of going to the dentist, the experience in Japan has been fine, though very expensive (similar to Australian prices) and has impacted what I have been able to afford to do in Japan. I have my last session on Monday and then the crown will need to be put on in Cambodia.
Yokohama is definitely a place I could live in.