This year is the 150th anniversary of the Port of Yokohama. It is a pretty important event since it represents the opening of Japan to the world after many centuries of closeness during the Edo period. The Port of Yokohama was one of the first five ports of Japan that opened their traffic to international commerce in 1859.
The celebration is going to last for five months, there are going to be many events and temporary expositions around the port area in Yokohama. This is the website with all the scheduled events for the next months.
One of the first events of the 150th anniversary celebration was the arrival of two giant spiders from France created by the french group La Machine. The spiders have been walking around Yokohama during the last three days, it has been spectacular, these are some of my shots:
Two weeks ago I joined some friends and we went together to the “Asakusa Samba” festival. It is celebrated every year the last Saturday of August. It was interesting to see how Japanese people have adapted a Brazilian tradition. I’m always interested in how Japanese take foreign food, traditions, technology and adapt them to fit their necessities and to what they like.
The weather was really bad, we couldn’t take as many pictures as we wanted but maybe thanks to the rain we were able to take some interesting and unexpected pictures. For example, I took this picture when only one girl was coming towards me and all the other people on the horizon is watching the festival when a big balloon is passing by:
I went this morning with Dannychoo to check out the iPhone queue in the main Softbank store in Harajuku. It’s impressive, there is already people lining up for tomorrow! Did you get an iPhone today? will you wait? you don’t care about the iPhone? Here there are some pictures of the queue I took:
Aoki, Haruhiko and Akira from Sony were almost at the end of the queue, I wonder why they don’t get a Sony-Ericcson phone 😉