Monday, September 5, 2011


From beautiful Hakone , we now went back by bus to Yokohama for our activities in Kanagawa Prefecture. Our Japanese counterparts are from Kanagawa University.

Here are our activities in Kanagawa Prefecture.

We stayed in Holiday Inn Yokohama near Chinatown.

Holiday Inn Yokohama. I really remembered its location so when I passed by the same hotel in 2004,
I saw it was now Rose Hotel  Yokohama, near the Yamashita Harbourfront Park.

Courtesy Call to the Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture

Kanagawa University
The university was founded in 1928 by Yoshimori Yoneda (米田吉盛?) as Yokohama Academy (横浜学院 Yokohama gakuin?). It was an evening school for the working youth. In 1929 the school was renamed Yokohama College (横浜専門学校 Yokohama semmon gakkō?), which had both day and evening schools (Day school: Department of Commerce / evening school: Departments of Commerce and Law). On 15 May 1930 the college moved to present-day Rokkakubashi Campus. In 1939 it added the technical departments (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Administration). In 1949 the college was developed into Kanagawa University, under Japan's new educational system.

Kanagawa Prefecture

during the orientation at the Kanagawa University

in their computer labs... they were very advanced then!... see how large the computer was!!!
For recreation, we went bowling at the Yomoto Fujiya Hotel Bowling Center.
with team mates Yuri, Len and Sam

Rikkyo University Nuclear Energy Institute

Kanagawa Technological High School
We visited a technological high school and visited their chemistry laboratory.


From Wikipedia: NHK (日本放送協会, Nippon Hōsō Kyōkai; official English name: Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan's national public broadcasting organization.[1] NHK, which has always identified itself to its audiences by the English pronunciation of its initials,[2] is a publicly owned corporation funded by viewers' payments of a television license fee.
NHK operates two terrestrial television services (NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV), two satellite television services (NHK BS-1 and NHK BS Premium, both now a High-definition television service), and three radio networks (NHK Radio 1, NHK Radio 2, and NHK FM).
with actors in NHK

in one of the cameras in NHK circa 1987... do they still use this?

the actors and actresses in NHK 

as we were oriented in NHK
Sankeien Garden
I love this garden and was lucky to visit it again in 2004. Here we were able to experience the Tea Ceremony and our first encounter with traditional Japanese ceremonies.
From Wikipedia: Sankeien is a spacious Japanese style garden in southern Yokohama which exhibits a number of historic buildings from across Japan. There is a pond, small rivers, flowers and wonderful scrolling trails that make you think you are in Kyoto rather than Yokohama.
The garden was built by Hara Sankei and opened to the public in 1904. Among the historic buildings exhibited in the park are an elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence, several tea houses and the main hall and three storied pagoda of Kyoto's old Tomyoji Temple.

Tea Ceremony in Sankei-en

Kitasato University Hospital and Kitasato University Higashi Hospital
I think we were given extra exposure to the hospitals to cater to our group, which is composed mostly of medical students. 
It was wonderful to be exposed to the hospital and also to meet medical students.
The Kitasato University Hospital is the main hospital of Kitasato University. It has 941 beds and 1899 staffs including 462 medical doctors. The Kitasato University Hospital is one of Japan’s leading hospitals as indicating the following statistics; total numbers of inpatients and outpatients 303,042/yr and 640,431/yr respectively.

Since its foundation as the second hospital of Kitasato University in 1986, the Kitasato University East Hospital has played a regional core hospital. Especially it is evaluated as the unique hospital corresponding to wide medical treatment from the acute stage to the chronic phase with three centers of "Center of Digestive Diseases”, “Center of Neurological Disease” and “Center of Mental Disease”.

walking just outside the hospital

nice hospital with wide corridors

Farewell Party

After Party party. We went around the vicinity of the hotel then proceeded to a Disco.

as we were lazing in the park outside the hotel...

We enjoyed our Disco...we paid (or they paid?) the entrance fee and after that, you can eat all you can and drink all you can. If I am right, it cost ¥2000.00.
I remember we ate fried chicken at the disco among other short orders as well as overflowing drinks. 
I got attracted to the Fizz drinks which really tasted like fruit juice, so I drank the Melon Fizz, the Pineapple Fizz and the Banana Fizz and more Fizz! 
I found out later that these contained gin! I am allergic to gin! Good, I was ready with my antihistamines! I had the discomfort for a few days.

After the disco, we continued on to the Hotel and everyone was packed into one room!
with Vic-san so comfortable in his Yukata...this must have been his room...

and the dancing, and singing and chatting continued...

I guess our stay in Kanagawa really achieved its purpose of friendship and cultural exchange.

In Part 6, we are on our way by air to a farther prefecture down south, Yamaguchi Prefecture!

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