Better late than never – here are some photos from the gorgeous sakura season a couple of months ago, this time in Yokohama’s Minator Mirai area. I took these for the sakura tea campaign for the French Special.T brand, you can find more of my photos on their Pinterest page, along with several other photographers both Japanese and foreign. I think I have gotten hooked on getting photos of kids trying to catch or smell the flowers, I always manage to get one of those shots! Enjoy!
Here’s the proud PC-16, or Patrol Boat Suzutsuki of the Japan Coast Guard coming in to port in Yokohama earlier this month. A very foggy day, the name of this vessel actually means “clear moon”, 涼月 in Japanese. She is an old ship, having been around since 1950 she was one of the first of the newly restored Coast Guard after the war, but still serving her country. Interestingly her main mission is not stealth, or she wouldn’t have been equipped with a rolling text signage board and huge loudspeakers. I saw so many wrecked coast guard vessels after the big tsunami in March, it feels good to see the ships that survived working hard!