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Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of March 30.


Alright, let’s talk about Yokosuka history.


My senpai?


Yeah, there’s no English for that word.


The first Englishman to Japan, William Adams, huh. I know I speak English, but I am not from England.


That is true. It was more than 400 hundred years ago and I am of British descent.


Shortly after arriving in Japan, Adams caught the attention of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Then the future shogun brought Adams in as an advisor. And he taught about a wide range of Western disciplines.


The shogun thought so highly of the Englishman that he gave him a fiefdom in present-day Hemi. Wow. Maybe if I ganbaru and impress the mayor, he will build me a house here in Yoksouka too.


That was a quick answer.


I guess that is true, I don’t know anything about navigation or shipbuilding.


For some reason I don’t think that getting a doghouse in your front yard will be very useful.


William Adams’ grave is up on top of Tsukayama Park.


And every year on April 8, there is a William Adams Cherry Blossom Party in that same park.


The festival is during cherry blossom season, so you can look up at beautiful sakura while celebrating William Adams.

ウイリアム・アダムスの出身地、イギリスのメッドウェイ市では、毎年9月に「Will Adams Festival」があるんだって。

Yokosuka is even sister cities with Adams’ hometown in England, called Medway, and they hold their own Will Adams Festival in September.


Yeah, I do. I emcee the ceremony. The Mayor makes a speech, and there are usually guests that attend from the English embassy, the Dutch embassy, and even all the way from Medway.


Yeah, I do the English emceeing.




That’s right. There are four cities that have a connection to Adams, Usuki city in Oita pref., Ito in Shizuoka, Hirado in Nagasaki, and, of course, Yokosuka here in Kanagawa. Those four cities have formed a partnership and hold the Anjin Summit every year. Adams has been used to revitalize each city.


The Anjin Summit is in Yokosuka this year. And one of the goals of the 4 Anjin Cities is to get NHK to make Adams the focus of a future Taiga Drama.


Maybe I could play the role of Anjin. As you said before, he is my senpai!


Taiga Drama is a long running series on NHK. Each year the Sunday night program focuses on a different historical period or person. Two years ago it was about a female shogunate loyalist and eventual founder of Doshisha Univeristy from Yokosuka’s friendship city, Aizuwakamatsu. It was during the Meiji Restoration. The drama did a lot to revitalize interest in that city and that person.


NHK, please make a Taiga Drama about William Adams!


Yes, this year is the 150 anniversary of the founding of the Yokosuka Arsenal.


Dry dock 1 was built 150 years ago! What year would that be? 1865? Wow. That means that that dry dock has been used since the same year that the U.S. Civil War ended.


Dry dock 1, if you look out from Verny Park, it is the dock that is farthest to the right.


Verny was the French engineer who was in charge of building the Yokosuka Arsenal. He was a very important figure for the history of Yokosuka and actually for all of Japan.






I love talking about Yokosuka history just as much as you, especially about Yokosuka Arsenal and the connections to the Tomioka Silk Mill, but we are running out of time.


We definitely do not have time to talk about Commodore Matthew Perry! Oguri is also out!


Ok, How about this. Talking about history is always a lot more fun when having a drink. How about we head out for some yakitori and continue this discussion?

良い提案だな。焼きとり屋さんで歴史談話。いいね。何処か お勧めのところある?

I sure do. How about we go to Hisago Yakitori, just up the street from Shioiri Station. Hisago specialized in charcoal yakitori and makigushi which are pork-wrapped grilled vegetables.


If you are up for it, we can also do a nomi-hodai for 4000 yen. Hisago is open from 5 to midnight and it’s closed on Sundays.


Thanks for listening.




Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of March.23.


Yeah、Spring is finally here.

そう、「春が来た」 Spring is here.

It seems that Japanese people really get excited for spring, huh?


That’s right, many of my Japanese friends always say that spring is their favorite season.


Japanese people tend to really look forward to watching trees and flowers come back to life in the spring. Cherry blossoms are especially popular, right, and hanami is the Japanese word for flower watching.


Yes, and there is a great chance to feel spring and see some flowers this weekend at the Yokosuka-Japan Friendship Day 2015.


The event is on Sunday, the 29th inside the U.S. Naval Base. The gate opens at 9 am and last entrance will be at 3. There are going to be great food booths, live music and dance performances, and even performances by the wonderful 7th Fleet Band.


Oh yeah. I have been waiting for a long time to eat that pizza. A couple of things to point out though. There is no parking lot, and you cannot bring pets, dangerous items, glass bottles, or alcohol into the base.


huh?  NG?

そうそうそう、アメリカ人にNGは通じないんだよね。和製英語です。NO GOODでNG。ダメってこと。

Okay. NG is “no good.” English, made in Japan. I am trouble I never know what Japanese-made English words mean. Sometimes they are the same as the original and sometimes they are very different.


It really is Japanese English. It means something in Japanese but not to native English speakers. That’s really interesting.


Shakespeare is definitely classic English. Just like Japanese people who might try to reading Matsuo Basho or Murasaki Shikibu, most English speakers nowadays have some trouble understanding Shakespeare.


Did you pull out some Hojoki? But that’s all old stuff. Like you said languages are living. Do you know the term “duck face”?


Yeah, yeah, technically that’s right. A duck’s face. But it was just added to the Oxford Dictionary last year with a different definition. Do you know what it is?


So “duckface” became really popular because people, mostly teenage girls, started putting their lips together for pictures, and they look like ducks. So the trend got so big, everyone called that pose “duck face,” and now that word is in the dictionary.


The U.S.-Japan Friendship Day is this Sunday on the U.S. Naval Base. The gate within Mikasa Park open at 9. There will be a bag check at the gate.


There are a lot of blooming cherry trees on base, so it really will feel like spring.


But sakura are not only on base. There are a bunch of great spots all over Yokosuka to do hanami.


Some of the places are Kanagawa Dental University, Chuo Park, Negishi Traffic Park, Hashirimizu Reservoir, Kinugasayama Park, Tsukayama Park, Funakoshi Nango Park. That’s a lot. There is a list of these parks and their addresses in the new issue of WNIY. Sakura are expected to bloom from about March 25 to April 5.

う〜ん、市内各地でたくさんあるね。What’s new in Yokasukaで調べましょう。

Yes, well, kind of. The cooking method you just described of cooking on direct heat is actually called “grilling” not BBQ. Barbecue as a cooking method means cooking meat slowly over low, indirect heat. 


But barbecue in English also has a couple of other meanings as well. It can be used to talk about the actual hardware used to cook the food. It can be used as the name of a social gathering, a party, where people use a grill to cook food. So in that example, you could say “let’s have a barbecue.”


An island where you could have a BBQ? hmmm..


Of course, you can grill out on Sarushima Island.


They have grill rentals on the island, so all you have to bring is your food. To get to Sarushima, you take the Tryangle Ferry from the pier that is just next to Mikasa Park. The ferries leave once an hour and the trip is only 10 minutes!


A round trip ticket is 1300 yen for an adult, and there is a 200 yen park entrance fee, you pay both those when you buy the ticket so the total cost for visiting the park is 1500 yen.


That’s a great idea, the pier is just next to the Yokosuka Port Market, so it’s easy to get food right before boarding. Once on the island, the grill rental set costs 4800 yen.


For questions, you can call Tryangle, they can answer in English. The number is 0570-01-5381


Sarushima is the biggest deserted island in Tokyo Bay, and during WW2, it was used as a Japanese Naval Base, so there are still remnants from that time, which is really interesting. If you walk around the island you can really get a sense of that history.


Tryangle also does the Gunko Meguri Naval Cruise.


Thanks for listening. マーシャルでした。




Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of March.16.


I am doing well.


A really important topic for non-Japanese residents? You mean other than knowing about this show, right?


I don’t know. What?


Ooh, garbage. That is a good one. We all knew that this topic was coming some day. Japan so efficient about dealing with garbage. However, in order to do that, a lot is asked of individuals in how they dispose of their trash.


Well, in the States, every city has slightly different rules, but American cities are nowhere near as strict as Japan. I can’t really even imagine Americans actually following the rules if they were all that strict. In the places I have lived, there were really two just categories: trash and recycling.


Yeah, it’s really difficult to get used to Japanese rules for recycling and throwing away garbage. It is also sometimes really hard to know where to look to get correct information, especially in English. But once you know the system, it really isn’t that bad.


In Yokosuka, there are four categories that the city picks up. Burnable, plastic packaging, non-burnable, and then cans-glass-and-plastic bottles are put together. Depending on your location, the pick-up days are different.


And for large items, known as sodai gomi, like furniture or futons you have to call and make an appointment and have them picked up by city hall. It costs about 510 yen per item. And then there is something called group resource recycling.


Yeah. This is a service that is organized by neighborhood groups to collect items that the city doesn’t collect, such as newspapers, metal items, old clothing, and other stuffs.


Yeah, no way. This is too much information to expect people to remember over the radio. And we haven’t even started talking about what items are included in each category!


Of course there are. There is a great English booklet that is available at local administration centers and at city hall and it has all sorts of great information in English. It’s also really helpful to have it on hand at your house. You can also get yearly calendars for your neighborhood’s garbage days at those locations.


That’s correct. The Yokosuka Call Center can also answer most of your garbage-related questions in English. So if you don’t have the booklet you can call them. The number is 046-822-2500. I have heard that, out of all of the calls they receive, the call center receives the most questions about garbage.


Yeah, it might be a little annoying or difficult to follow the rules, but it is really important to go along with garbage separation rules. You know, “go ni ireba,go ni sitagae” right?


You taught me that phrase a few weeks ago. I looked it up and it is basically the Japanese version of “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.”


Aicle, yeah I’ve been to Aicle, the Recycling Plaza up in Oppama. It’s a recycling plant but it also has educational sections for people to learn about recycling and try out different activities. It’s a really neat facility.


Oh yeah, that is right. There are three Aicle Fairs every year at the Recycling Plaza. This Saturday, the 21st is going to be the 50th fair.


There is going to be a bunch of fun activities, including a refurbished furniture auction, a quilting workshop, and a flea market


Nice. There’s going to be a little, mini concert by students from Oppama High School.


Aicle is in Oppama. From Oppama Station, if you go towards the Nissan Factory from Oppama Station, Aicle will be on your right.


No, I do not have a dog. Why do you ask?


Oh wow! There is a little leash-free dog run near the recycling plaza and during the fair it’s going to be free. So maybe I will just go to play with all the puppies.


The dog run will be free on the 21st from 10 until 3.


Oh yeah, I have seen that big building down on route 16 in Mabori Kaigan. What is that?


It’s going to be a giant Uniqlo and it opens on the 20th. Very nice.


The biggest Uniqlo on the Miura peninsula, huh?


Yeah, I love Japanese tea.


Oh, you must be talking about Suiseien Tea Boutique Studio M3 in Oppama.


I love that place. It is on the left side of the street if you walk out from Oppama Station towards Nissan Factory. They have green tea, and herb tea. It is actually a very famous tea shop.


There is also tea ceramics for sale. You may stumble upon your new favorite tea.


And there are a lot of different tea varieties. Suiseien is open from 11 to 6, closed Sunday, Monday, and on the third Thursday of every month. It’s in Oppama near the station. Maybe you can stop in on your way back from the Aicle Fair.


Thanks for listening. Until next time.




Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of March.9.


Yep. I am pretty genki.


When I was young, I used to draw a lot in elementary school, but I don’t really anymore. I am really not good. How about you, Kent?


Well, if you think your drawings are good, that’s good enough, I think. I like to look at art more than making it myself.


The Yokosuka Museum of Art is across the street from the Kannonzaki Keikyu Hotel. It is in a beautiful location with a great view of Tokyo Bay.


There will be an Ebihara Kinosuke exhibit going on until April 5th and a huge art piece by Yoshida Tamotsu which will be on display until April 19th.


I knew that Yoshida was a Japanese-style painter but I didn’t know he was born in Yokosuka.


Wow. He did a sliding door painting that will be used in a Zen temple in the suburbs of San Francisco.

Yes 見てみたいね。

Take me with you.

OK. そうだ、僕も見習って自分のベットルームに絵を描いてみよう。

Your wife might be a little mad if you paint your bedroom.


That’s a great idea. As I said before, the art museum is across the street from the Kannonzaki Keikyu Hotel. There is pay parking available, or you can take a Kannonzaki-bound bus. In addition to the special exhibits, there is a Taniuchi Rokuro Pavilion. Taniuchi Rokuro is well-known for his nostalgic-style illustrations that portray Japanese life and culture of the Showa era.


The entrance fee depends on which exhibit you want to go to, but you can usually access the entire museum for less than 1000 yen.


Yeah it is. At the entrance to the museum, there is a great Italian restaurant called Aqua Mare. The topnotch cooks prepare authentic Italian food, everything from pizza to pasta.

マーシャルは最近のWhats New in Yokosukaに美術館の展覧会の記事を書いているよね。

That’s right. I am trying to include a section in every issue of WNIY about what exhibits are going on at the art auseum. I hope people take advantage of the fact that we have such a great museum right here in Yokosuka.


I heard about that. The 2 year anniversary of the Yokosuka Port Market is coming up. And the celebration started on March 1st.


Yes. Get your hands on locally caught seafood and vegetables grown right here at Yokosuka.


That’s right. From back at the beginning of March until the end of March there will be fun events every weekend.


Yes. This weekend there’s going to be a “bento party” which is making lunches using only Yokosuka and Miura ingredients. The following week on the 21st and 22nd there will be a morning market with a fish, potato, and onion “all-you-can-pack” game.


I’ve never really seen tsumehodai “all-you-can-pack” games in the States. What it is – I guess I should explain it – what it is is basically, you pay for some container or bag and then you keep as much of what you can put inside of it.


Suika tsumehodai? I’ve seen it for the cucumbers, and mikan oranges, but watermelons?


Haha. I didn’t think there could be a watermelon one. There’d be no way to hold them


Grapefruits might work. The last event on the 28th and 29th will be a dessert extravaganza.


I know they’re having it, but what will they do at the dessert extravaganza?


So they’re going to making all sorts of great desserts and sweets using Yokosuka ingredients. That sounds like a lot of fun. Sounds like something my wife would love.


That sounds good. Strawberry tarts or mikan orange pies, maybe yokan too. That’d be nice


That’s a good question. Yokan in English. It’s something that you can’t understand until you try it. But if I had to describe it in English, I would say it’s kind of a firm sweet jelly that is made from adzuki beans or sweet potatoes. But you don’t spread it on anything, you just eat it.


Not just on weekends, but throughout March there will be lottery giveaways for shoppers. It’s definitely worth the trip.


There are 14 shops in total. Produce shops, meat and seafood sellers, restaurants, a bakery, a Yokosuka English information center, a souvenir shop, and even a gelato booth.


Yes, the fresh seafood and vegetables at the Port Market are definitely the selling point.


Yes, there is a parking lot just in front of the Port Market.


The Yokosuka Port Market is in Shinko-cho and will be celebrating its 2nd anniversary throughout March. This weekend especially there will be locally-made bentos.


Next week is all-you-can-pack fish and vegetables.


The following week is the desserts extravaganza!

ところで、今週末はThis weekendだよね。来週末はNext weekend. 再来週末は何て言った?

Konshumastu is this weekend
Raishumastu is next weekend.
Saraishumastu is the weekend after next.

the weekend after next 皆さん分かりましたか。ワンポイント英会話でした。



Oh? I’m doing the cooking?


Alright, alright, I guess I’m cooking.


Thanks for listening. Until next time.





Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of March. 2rd.


We’ve been already doing this show for two full months!


I like most everything, but recently, I’ve gotten into jazz. Did you know that Chicago is famous for jazz? Most people know New Orleans as its birthplace, and that’s true, but many musicians moved to Chicago from Louisiana and the style developed there as well.


Yep. Of course I mostly listen to most of my music on my phone, but if I had my choice, I would always go see jazz and classical music live


The Yokosuka Arts Theatre is a great venue. It is right next to Shioiri Station and across the street from Shoppers Plaza. The main hall holds about 2000 people and the smaller Bayside Pocket holds 600. The theatre jazz, classical, operas, and even rock music. Last year I saw an American Irish band that was fantastic.


Didn’t we just talk about this? New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, not Yokosuka.


Huh? So the Yokosuka Arts Theatre was built where the post-war U.S. Enlisted men’s club, the EM club, was. I didn’t know that.

Yes そのEMクラブでアメリカのジャズメンが来て演奏したらしい。ルイ・アームストロングとかベニー・グッドマンも来たらしいんだよ。

Wow, so Louie Armstrong and Benny Goodman both played here at the EM Club?


So Japanese musicians first experienced jazz here, and maybe Yokosuka was the birthplace of Japanese jazz. So Yokosuka and Chicago could be sister cities.

で、横須賀芸術劇場では夏にYokosuka Jazz Dreamsというものを開催していて、今年なんと29回目なんだって。

That’s great. This year is the 29th Yokosuka Jazz Dreams. I want to go. It’s in this summer, right?


To buy tickets for that and any show at the theatre, you can go straight to the theatre, and get them there. Or you can buy tickets at the ticket center on the first floor of Mores City.


You can also get information and pamphlets about upcoming shows at both locations.


It is like an opera house inside. It’s beautiful.


That’s right, the Yokosuka International Association is hosting an Experience Japanese Culture event this Saturday, the 7th from 1-5 on the 6th floor of the Sogo Fukushi Kaikan.


The event is free and you will get to do a bunch of different experiences. You can do cultural activities. such Japanese dance, play the shamisen, play the koto, tea ceremony, flower arranging, origami, and calligraphy.


You can try all sort of traditional Japanese cultures. There will be kimonos for people to try on.




The Yokosuka International Association, they do a lot of different things. For non-Japanese speakers, they offer many different Japanese classes. There are classes all throughout the week and for all different levels. Some of them are free, but the most expensive option is only 1000 yen for three months worth of lessons! The association also has some translation services and counseling options. It really is a great non-profit organization.


Okay one more time. The Japanese Culture Experience is this Saturday, from 1-5 at the Sogo Fukushi Kaikai, it’s between Daiei and the main gate to the US naval base.


Toki? Like a bird?Winter?


Oh. toki as in pottery.


That’s true. I took back some Japanese pottery as a present for my mother. She has quite a collection going since I always take back pottery for her.


In Yokosuka. I got it at Warai in Wakamatsu-cho.


「Warai」is a Japanese arts & craft shop in Wakamatsu-cho. It has all kinds of Japanese dishware and general goods. It’s perfect for souvenir shopping. And it has its own English Facebook page too.


Of course it is in Yokosuka Ichiban. Speaking of which, the 2015 version was just published. So be sure to keep your eye out for this English booklet.


huh? It was a round dish?


Oh. So you meant what school of pottery it was. Yeah, I have no idea. I can never tell the difference between those styles.


Maybe we can ask the nice people at Warai to explain the differences to us.


Thanks for listening. Until next time.