Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Welcome to the Neighborhood

View from the park across the street looking over Maborikaigan. The island is Sarashima Island, the only natural island in Tokyo Bay.

Sakuragaoka (桜が丘) is the name of our neighborhood in Yokosuka. It means "cherry blossom hills" (or heights). In actuality, we almost part of the neighborhood of Maborikaigan. The train station and the shopping area around it are about a 7 minute walk from our house.

Maborikaigan is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Yokosuka for military families since it's only about 4 miles from the base/central Yokosuka and very walkable. The homes are also quite large for Japan (not American large--we're talking 1300 sqft!). We're only about an hour by train from Tokyo so a lot of people live here and commute -- feels like Tacoma/Seattle in that way.

Walking down the street - our house is on the right. As you can see, we're on a slight hill.

You pass under the tracks and get to our local train station

Convenience store across from the station named "Three F"

Yakitori stand on the road to the station
Tiny (12 seats) tea cafe in the other direction where they have giant dessert waffles
Less than  minute from the station is our local grocery store, which is owned by Wal-Mart. Go figure! There is also a McDonald's.

Garden shop next to grocery store

Japanese-French bakery...think lots of cream or bean filled doughy pastries and melon pan

Vegetable store - our area is known for fresh produce

Florist and barber above

The stuff always flies off the shelves at this French bakery. They say it's one of the best in Yokosuka and I have to agree. Real crusty bread is so hard to find in Japan!

One of the many, many hair salons in our neighborhood. Taking care of your hair is important here!

Lovely walking path through the neighborhood - these pictures was taken in the summer, can you tell? :)

There is also a nice palm tree-lined promenade along the water (Yokosuka Kaigan Dori)

Peaceful place to go fishing

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