Sakura in Naka-ku – Yokohama’s little jewel

From the Spring of 1979 – one of the rare times I was home during the Sakura Season in Japan.


Sankei-en in Yokohama


Along Avenue D – Honmoku, Naka-ku, Yokohama


Beautiful Sankei-en (Gardens)

We were very fortunate to live just a short bicycle ride from Sankei-en and although I was seldom home during the Spring we would always find time to spend the day there.


Camera: Canon F-1 with Canon FD lenses on Kodak Kodachrome film.

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Springtime in Naka-ku, Yokohama

Remembering back to our time living in Japan in the late 1970s. We lived in a small area of southern Yokohama near Sankei-en (gardens). The Naka Ward was home to a large US Navy family housing area and the ever popular Navy Exchange and Commissary. Avenue D, pictured below, was the main highway from Yokohama to the Navy base at Yokosuka. In our part of the housing area, these Sakura (below) had been planted as a joint project with the military families and the local community. After the long and dreary winter we looked forward to the blossoms and warmth that signaled Spring.

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Sakura along Avenue D in the Naka Ward. Base housing to the left.

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Sankei-en in Spring. A short bicycle ride from our home so we visited often.


Carol spending her 100 yen wisely on a visit to Sankei-en.

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More views in Sankei-en.


Photography blossoms in the Spring.


We were lucky to live in such a nice area of Yokohama – everything was a short bike ride away. Spring was way too short and the Summers on the Kanto Plain were way too long!

Thanks for your visit! Enjoy your Spring!

Camera: Canon F-1

Film: Kodak Kodachrome 25


Sankei-en… Yokohama’s Beautiful Gem


Escape the hustle of the big city – Sankei-en is Yokohama’s beautiful gem.


Soon the sakura and azalea will bloom. Photographers will come. School children and couples. Families love Sankei-en.


It was a pleasant ride to Sankei-en from our house so we went often.


Admission – 100 yen. All smiles.


Sakura from long ago. Avenue D in Naka-ku, Honmoku. 1979



Spring returns to Sankei-en soon. The blossoms will be everywhere. Come to this spot and enjoy!

Images from 1978 and 1979. Canon F-1 and Canon AE-1. Kodak Kodachrome film.

Thank you for your visit.

Chris & Carol ^.^

People Pics… Japan 1977-1980

These images were mostly taken in and around Yokohama and Tokyo with my Canon F-1 (1978 version). I used Kodak Kodachrome 25 and on occasion some Kodak Ektachrome 64 (I believe). They are in no particular order and will jump around quite a bit in both year taken and location. Enjoy!


Early morning commuter at the Yokohama train station.


Cute little spot of color at Ueno Zoo Tokyo.


Pigeon racing Р Ueno Zoo Tokyo.


In keeping with red clothing as the central theme, my lovely wife Carol at Sankei-en (Gardens) in Naka-ku Yokohama. The admission was about .45 cents US for an adult which made visiting Sankei-en a regular past time for us.


Motomachi shopping street Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture. A favorite spot for shopping. As always, the local police assisting lost citizens.


“You watchin’ me… I’m watchin’ YOU”! Watchful shop dog in Honmoku, Naka-ku.


Fast service at a local shopping “street”. A very small back street in Sugita just down the street from the then JNR station. Yokohama, Isogo Ward (Isogo-ku).


Daily shopping along the street in Sugita.


Lovely flower shop ladies in Honmoku (where we lived in Yokohama).


At Sankei-en in Honmoku. Fussing with his gear to capture the perfect sakura picture.


Young customer meets experienced toy vendor. I believe at Ueno Zoo Tokyo.


Yep, Mickey D’s in Yokohama.


Number 8 bus in Yokohama. The driver keeps his eye on me.


Iconic view in Japan. A professional bus driver and his clean white gloves.


On the road to Mt. Fuji. Taken by Carol with her Canon AE-1.

As always we thank you for your visit. We enjoy sharing some of our images from when we lived in Japan in the late 1970s.

Chris and Carol… and BTW, Merry Christmas!!! ^.^