Tsukiji Market will be moved in coming November 2016 to Toyosu Island in Tokyo Bay, located 2.3 km away from Tsukiji. As of July 19, 2016, facilities of Toyosu New Market are still under construction. Total area of Toyosu Market is about 41 ha (0.41 square km) much larger than Tsukiji Market with area of 23 ha (0.23 square km). Concerns of international tourists are whether tuna auction can be seen like Tsukiji Market. It seems to be positive, and we will update how the tourists can observe the tuna auction after November 2016. Not only enjoying viewing in the new facility of Toyosu Market, but also walking and biking along the sideways of the island could be much fun in near future. From the west side of the island, Tokyo Rainbow Bridge and high-rise buildings of Tokyo downtown as well as Tokyo Tower should impress you, particularly at night time with its city illumination view. From the south side of the Toyosu Island. new venues of Tokyo Olympic 2020 on the opposite side of Shinonome Canal could be seen in near future.
“Odaiba” meaning gun battery was built in 1853 by Tokugawa Shogunate off shore of Shinagawa, for arrival of Black Ships known by Commodore Matthew Perry. In 1852, Perry was assigned a mission by American President Millard Fillmore to force the opening of Japanese ports to American trade, through the use of gunboat diplomacy if necessary. On
November 24, 1852, Perry embarked from Norfolk, Virginia for Japan. By taking route of Atlantic Ocean, Indian Sea, and Eastern China Sea, Perry finally reached Uraga at the entrance to Edo Bay (now Tokyo Bay) in Japan on July 8, 1853. This time, Perry demonstrated the enoumous power of Black Ships by firing blank shots from his 73 cannons. By his astonished pressure, Tokugawa Shogunate accepted the letter from Americans and the second visit of Perry in 1853 for the Japanese reply. Tokugawa Shogunate immediately started project to reclaim six areas and make fortifications in Edo Bay for putting gun batteries to protect Edo Town from attack by the black ships. On his second visit to Japan in March 1854, the first gun battery at Shinagawa was already completed, so that the 10 black ships with 1,600 men were anchored near Kanagawa, far from the gun batteries. Although the six “Odaiba” were built for 8 months, the guns installed were never used because Japan opened the country peacefully along with agreement titled “Treaty of Friendship Commerce and Navigation between Japan and the United States of America”.
It is blue berry season in Minuma Farm Land and we visited Blue Berry Plaza Urawa, where you can enjoy picking and eating blue berry of all-you-can-eat at Yen 500 with no time limit. The
young blue berry was my favorite because it was not only sweet but also sour and very good mixture of tastes. Although it is now rainy season, but today was sunny and
blue sky day. Leaves of sakura tress over the bike road was like sun shade and made our running comfortable.
Japanese guest couple enjoyed bike tour to "Senjyugahama Beach of Lake Chuzenji Lake where Japanese primerose or "Kurinso" is fully flowering. The season was already in early summer and also in rainy season, however, it was very clear-sky and sunny day on June 10th. To the beach, we took Nikko City Route 1002 in Nikko National Park, where young leaf season comes later because the area is located at the high elevation like 1200 to 1400 meters high. We enjoyed viewing seasonal flowers and running through fresh green forest.
Sugenuma and Marunuma are lakes located in Katashina Village, Gunma Prefecture. I made bike tour between these two lakes.
It was a bit foggy day, but, I enjoyed viewing Mt. Fuji from various view points.
After Sakura blossom season, you can see flowering of "Sakura-sou" or primrose in Arakawa riverbed where we enjoy bike tour. This flower was almost disappeared by field development after world war 2nd. Sine this flower was designated as one of endangered species, two flowering areas in Arakawa riverbed have been reserved by local people. We enjoyed today viewing pretty small appearance of primrose as well as young leaves in light green along the bike load.
Sakura season in Saitama prefecture seems to be over. We are so glad that we could have happy time to enjoy viewing sakura
blossom with many guests and friends. As memory of beautiful days, let me put up photo of sakura viewing.
Date: March 22, 2015
Location: Kita-asaba, Sakado, Saitama
Species: Angyo Kanzakura (安行寒桜）
Others: 1.2kilometer long and 200 tress
Date: March 22, 2015
Location: Takao Sakura Park, Kitamoto, Saitama
Species: See caption of each photo
Others: 300 specied and 200 trees
Date: March 27, 2015
Location: Yoshimi-cho/ Kitamoto, Saitama (see photo caption in detail)
Species: Somei Yoshino /Edo-higan Sakura
Others: 1.8 kilo meter long for Sakura Tsusumi Park
This morning at Miyahara Station of JR Takasaki Line, we met a nice and friendly couple of guests from Montreal, Canada and enjoyed driving on highway for about two hours to starting point on the base of Mt. Fuji. It was so beautiful and sunny day, and Mt. Fuji looked so magnificent.
We arrived to parking area at 1,291 meter high near the 1st station and unloaded our E-bikes. The E-bike tour is aiming to "Osawa" parking at 2,020 meter high near 4th station. The Subaru Line from the 4th to the 5th stations is closed with snow by middle of April.
At 10 a.m., we started from the 1st station parking where Mt. Fuji looked directly ahead. We tried to go up the Subaru Line
for about 700 meter height toward the destination. The capacity of the battery of B-Ike's E-bike can fully support to climb up more than 1,000-meter-high elevation.