So I watched from my balcony as the great ship glided away from her berth in Tokyo Bay with the Kodo Drummers there on the quay to drum us out … To reposition a little farther up the bay in Yokohama.
I’d never realised Yokohama was beautiful! I used to always come here by train and thought it was a rather drab place. But from the ocean it was thrilling. Even better I could walk off the ship straight into the city, whereas in Tokyo I had to take a bus. And there was even a jazz band on the quay to greet us.
Also had the chance to revisit my old home, Kamakura, where I lived for three years, and to introduce my fellow lecturer, Scott Pearson, and his wife Sandra to the Great Buddha. Surely one of the most beautiful as well as the biggest Buddhas in the world.
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All photographs © Lesley Downer.