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February 07, 2007

Kurihama and the Black Ships (久里浜の黒船)

I went down to Shonan again yesterday...still looking for that elusive apartment by the beach. Really, this would be impossible to do if I was working!

Anyway, I decided to do a bit of exploring afterward and headed off to Kurihama, which is about 20 minutes by train and at the end of the Yokosuka Line. There is really not too much there.

Kurihama sits on the entrance to Tokyo Bay, however, and is one of the places where US Admiral (Commodore) Perry and his so-called "Black Ships" landed on their way to Tokyo. There is a small park and museum just across the street from the beach. It is free, but there was not much to look at. This is a monument erected in the early 1900s to commemorate the landing.

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And here is the rest of Kurihama...the beachfront road is named Perry Street as you can see. Also a picture of the entrance to Black Ship Shopping Street. There were also a ton of restaurants named "Black Ship...".

I imagine it could get difficult to meet people in this town:

"I'll meet you at the Black Ship restaurant!"
"Wait! Which one!"

and so on...

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In any case, the weather was really nice. I could sit out and read my book with my jacket off and the sun beaming down - really it felt like Spring to me.

Kurihama is also where you catch the Tokyo Bay Ferry if you are headed over to Chiba and I have wanted to make that trip for awhile. On the other side of the bay is Nokogiriyama (鋸山), where you can find a buddhist temple, some good views and a lot of onsens. Unfortunately, I really did not prepare myself for an overnight trip (i.e. make a reservation to stay somewhere), so I was not sure I would cross over.

I opted to let the ferry schedule decide for me. If I got to the ferry terminal and a boat was waiting, I would go. If not, I would get back on the train and go home. This is a picture of the ferry leaving without me. I arrived at the terminal at 2:28pm - the ferry left at 2:30pm. Oh well. I also added a picture of pristine Kurihama Beach to balance things out. I really hope to make it to Nokogiriyama next time.

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As for an apartment down at the beach...I am still looking.

Posted by Kirk on February 7, 2007 09:32 AM