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Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of April 27th.


Oh, I know. I am very much looking forward to Golden Week. Let’s see if I remember each individual holiday that make up the week. May 3rd is Constitution Memorial Day, which commemorates the post-war constitution.


So since the 3rd is a Sunday this year, there will be a makeup holiday on Wednesday. But continuing, May 4th is Greenery Day, which is a day made to celebrate nature. Fun fact about Greenery Day, it used to be on April 29th, but in 2007 it was moved to May 4th so then April 29th could become Showa Day

良く調べたね。Very Goodだ。日本人でも判らない人がいるかも……。

And the 5th is Children’s Day on which people pray for the health and growth of their sons specifically and, for some reason, fly carp flags.

は、は、は。Flying fish.空飛ぶ魚、Fly carp Flags鯉の旗のぼりね。確かに、マーシャルにしたら、理解できないよね。魚が空飛ぶわけないもんね。日本では「鯉」は元気な魚だから鯉のぼりを揚げることによって、男の子が元気に成長することを願うんだ。

So do you fly the carp flags?


But you just said that people fly them to pray for the good health of their sons!


I’ve noticed that too. Japanese people seem to think about holidays a lot differently than Americans do. So for example, American holidays are kind of a big deal for people. They really look forward to the activities that are associated with that specific holiday.


For Americans, like for Thanksgiving. People really look forward to eating that specific food and visiting family. Or for July 4th, for Independence Day, most people go to BBQs and go see fireworks. Those holidays are not just days off of work, they are kind of special days for most people. Or even St. Patrick’s Day, which is not a day off of work, but people get really excited about that day.


Yeah, maybe. That’s a good point. Most of Japanese holidays just seem like days off of work rather than what Americans think of when they think of holidays. There are traditions associated with Japanese holidays, but they are not really all that big of a deal.


haha. That is true. I do really look forward to my almost monthly days off of work. And I am still pretty mad that the Vernal Equinox, I think it was March 21st, was on a Saturday, and for some reason that doesn’t qualify for a makeup holiday. Super lame.


Anyway. Do you have any plans for Golden Week? Going on any trips or anything?


Very nice. I am not going anywhere either. But there is going to be a lot to do just around Yokosuka. Are you going to go to the Azalea Festival at Takeyama?


The Takeyama Azalea Festival starts on Saturday and runs until Tuesday. Azaleas are in season only from mid-April to early May, so the festival is meant as a sort of send-off party for the flowers. There’s around 1200 trees at Takeyama!


The festivities on Sunday and Monday start at 11 and finish up around 2. There’s gonna be some great traditional dance performances. For me, though the best part of anything that goes on at Mt. Takeyama is the beautiful hike up to the top.


The hike up to the top of Takeyama takes about 40 minutes. It’s not a hard hike at all.


That’s true. There are no trains that go out that way towards Takeyama, and there is not really any parking available. So the best way to get there is to take a bus I think.


Yeah. I know that no one like the bus, but once you get used to them they’re actually really convenient. To get to Takeyama you need to take a Nagai or Misakiguchi-bound bus from JR Yokosuka or Yokosuka Chuo Stations. It takes about 35 minutes, and you need to get off at the Ikkizuka bus stop.


Yes. The Azalea Festival is a perfect chance to get out there. And, lucky for people who work on the U.S. Navy base, Constitution Day is on Sunday, so they’ll be able to go out there.


That’s true. It’s gonna be a very lonely holiday for me.



Never mind. 良いから、次行きましょう。

Well Kent, what local shop should we highlight this week?


Escargot? I have never had it.


Never had foi gras either.


Alright, alright, how about we introduce Hananoya, a French restaurant in Chuo? It’s just behind Shonan Shinyo Bank, in the Mister Donuts Alley. The chef there trained at Daniel in New York


Yes, they have a great wine selection and an English menu. The 8000 yen set course and the wagyu steak with red wine sauce are super popular.


I love the atmosphere at Hananoya. It’s so relaxing, perfect for enjoying a great meal with great wine. It is great for groups too, They can handle parties up to 30 people.


Some wine and cheese sounds pretty good right about now.


Yes! Let’s do it!

何? 真顔で……。なに、そんなところでダックフェイスしてるの?



Thanks for listening. マーシャルでした。




Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of April 20.


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That was a long time ago, but you’re right in the January issue of What’s New in Yokosuka, I introduced the City Museum that is up the hill from Yokosuka Chuo Station in Fukadadai. I think I even used a picture of their Nauman’s elephant that they have on display up there.


Wait a minute, are you about to get sidetracked into another discussion of Verny and the Yokosuka Arsenal? We don’t have time for that!


You’re welcome. So why did you bring up that article about the museum?


That’s right. I wrote that article to introduce the art museum and that city museum as places to go for something to do during the winter.


I did mention a couple of other city-run museums at the end of that article, the Tenjin-jima Marine Biological Garden and the Mabori Biological Garden.


That’s a great idea. People probably are itching to get outside and do some things. I’ll start with the Mabori Biological Garden. It is a little bit difficult to find, but the garden is down between Maborikaigan and Uraga stations. It’s about a 15 minute walk from Maborikaigan station. And the address is Mabori cho 4-10-3.


And there is no parking lot, so it is probably best to walk. The park is open from 9-5 and closed on Mondays.


It is basically a nature preserve. St the entrance there is a education center that has some really interesting, seasonal displays about local animals and plant life. They even have fossils and some live bugs to see.

学習棟でトウキョウ サンショウウオの幼生やアカハラ イモリ、カブトムシがいて、写真パネルも見られて面白いそうです。

Yeah but the education center isn’t even the best part of the park. Once you get out into the nature there’s a beautiful hiking path through the forest. The path goes along this creek with some really pretty lakes and things. In the early summer, the whole park fills up with these colorful dragonflies and fireflies. It’s beautiful. A full loop of the park only takes about 20 minutes.


That sounds nice. But it is probably a good reminder that you cannot try to capture any of the bugs at the educational garden.


Okay. Let’s move on to introduce the Tenjin-jima Marine Biological Garden. The basics of the park are similar to the Mabori one. Tenjin-jima is at Sajima 3-7-2, out on the Yokosuka’s west coast. Technically, it’s an island, but if you threw a rock from shore you could probably get it to the island. There is free parking available and it is a little bit removed from route 134, but the address again is Sajima 3-7-2.


Yes, just like the Mabori park, it is open from 9 to 5 and closed on Mondays. There is a visitor center at the park that has some neat exhibits of local marine life, aerial pictures of the Sagami bay, and information about the history of the area. There is also some really cool artwork made out of drift wood!


And Kent, did you know that Tenjin-jima was first especially noted in 1953 as the northern most area that you could find crinum flowers naturally growing! Since that time, the whole area has been used to preserve local animal and plant life. Visitors can see that flower when they walk through the park.


And the best part is that both of these gardens are totally free! Maybe we should head out sometime.


Oh yeah! I guess it did slip my mind. Thanks for reminding me. The Iris Garden is another great place to get outside in Yokosuka and this Saturday is the start of the Fuji Matsuri!


Fuji is the Japanese word for Wisteria flowers, and they will be in bloom until the beginning of May, so the Fuji Matsuri may be your last chance to see them. The festival starts this Saturday and goes until May 6. On top of the beautiful flowers, there’s gonna be a Taiko show and other performances throughout the festival. Entrance to the park is 310 yen for adults and 100 yen for jr high or elementary students. The park is open from 9-5.


Oh nice, the rhododendrons will also be in bloom during the festival and they should be around until mid-June. Kent, what’s the easiest way to get to the Iris Garden? I know there is a bus from Kinugasa Station, but it’s always hard to explain the details over the radio.


Oh, nice. So there will be a direct bus going between Shioiri Station and the Iris Garden. It will be running everyday from this Saturday until May 6th. That’s awesome.


Yeah, well, this winter and some of the spring was so cold and rainy. I am really looking forward to getting out in the nice weather, seeing some flowers. Especially since the rainy season is gonna be here soon!


Steak, huh. How about some Pepper Lunch?


I love Pepper Lunch too. It is so fun to get that hot iron plate delivered with all that beef just sizzling away.


That is true. Pepper Lunch is a favorite among Yokosuka’s foreign population. The staff there is very good at serving non-Japanese speaking customers, so basically anyone can go in there to enjoy some steak and their delicious sauces.


Oh, I always do the pepper rice. Only 880 yen, you can’t go wrong. The Chuo Pepper Lunch branch is just across the street from that high-rise condominium that’s under-construction. It is open every day from 11am to 11pm.


Thanks for listening. Until next time.



Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of April 13.


Alright! The west coast. So what are we talking about? Los Angeles? San Francisco? San Diego? Maybe Seattle?


Oh, okay. Yokosuka’s west coast. Alrighty then, what areas are actually included in the west coast?


That makes sense. So the coast that faces the west coast, the water. But what about location names?


So from about Chojagasaki to Nagai or Arasaki. As always, I guess it’s best to check a map. Well, whether it is Yokosuka or not, the coast out there is just beautiful.


Route 134, that goes on the west coast, is a beautiful drive. I recommend stopping at Tateishi Park. From there, if the weather is nice, you can actually look out over Sagami bay and see Mt. Fuji. And in April I hear that you can get Diamond Fuji sunsets, which is where the sun sets directly into the peak of Fuji.


Tateishi Park is just off route 134 between Kuruwa and Akiya Ports. There is of course, a parking lot, but as always, it’s best to look at a map for the exact location.


Shirasu does have an English name, I think it is whitebait technically, but I think we’re in Japan, we should just call it shirasu. Those, that pile of tiny fish.


I love shirasu. I like to eat the cooked ones on top of rice. The raw ones, I can’t really do cause they just look so real and cute.


Soleil no Oka is an amusement park that is out on the west coast of Yokosuka. It has a ton of different activities, from vegetable picking to jungle gyms to areas with go karts. The park is also really popular for bbqs I hear. And of course there’s tons of activities for little ones.


Really? That sounds amazing. I bet the view from above Soleil no Oka in a hot air balloon would just be fantastic! I definitely want to try that.


I bet you can see all of Miura peninsula from that hot air balloon. But, even without balloons, there is plenty to do at the Soleil no Oka. Entrance to the park is free but parking for the day is 1000 yen.


Yes, you can take a bus from Misakiguchi Station. Get off at Soleil no Oka.


There is a region in southern France called Provance. I think that’s how you say it. The scenic countryside was really popular amongst Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. It is famous for its vibrant food culture it’s based on fresh produce and seafood. It’s one of Europe’s amazing resort regions.


I’ve never been to Europe either. But you can get a little taste of it right here in Yokosuka at Soleil no Oka.


The go-karts have been updated and they have these cool, wacky tricycles. We should go do some cart racing, Kent.




More of this Japanese-English combination. I assume it is a special license for good drivers.


So if you go five years without an accident you get the gold license and discounts on your insurance. That’s a cool system.


Since coming to Japan I barely ever drive. I don’t even have a car. So I am not too sure how I’ll do.


A good restaurant out on the west coast would be maybe Koyasu no Sato, Café Marine?


So if you go towards Hayama from central Yoksouka, Koyasu no Sato is on route 217 just past Shonan Kokusai Mura.


That’s true. It’s always best to just look it up somewhere where you can see a map. The address is Akiya 3621-2

そりゃ、そうだ。 I think so.

The terrace seating at the café is especially fantastic.


I love terrace seating, outdoor seating. It’s just so freeing. You know, you sit outside and enjoy a meal and a drink. Even if it’ a little cold out, I always choose to sit outside. Kent, you are always too cold, aren’t you.


What is体感温度?


So体感温度 means how the temperature feels to each individual person. The temperature that we both think is cold would be different.


Okay, that’s specific. A 2 degree difference between us, huh? I guess there are a lot of times where I’m fine, I don’t think it’s cold, but you’re always complaining.


That’s why I love the Café Marine terrace. What’s neat is that you can also bring your pets with you to have lunch out there.


There is a great mix of both Japanese and more western dishes. It is a must-visit Yokosuka restaurant.


Golden Week is coming up. So much wasei eigo right now!


Yeah, I guess that’s what it means. Golden Week is basically 4 different holidays all bunched together, and it includes 6 days off in a row off from May 2 to May 6. During that week all tourist and recreation spots are so crowded.


I’m excited, so do we get Golden Week off?


What? None?


Now that you mention it, radio and TV usually do continue during holidays. zannen for us, I guess. Yokosuka English Information will be here throughout the holidays!


Thanks for listening. マーシャルでした。




Hey everyone. Welcome to Yokosuka English Information for the week of April 6th. Kent, I forgot to say it last week, but happy new year!


I know it’s April. But April is the beginning of the new fiscal year AND the beginning of the Japanese school year. So there’s two ways it’s a new year.


The Japanese school year starts in April and goes for a full twelve months, but the American one starts in late August or early September and ends in May or June. So 9 months total.


That’s right. Summer vacation is usually around 3 months in the States. How long is Japanese summer vacation?


Just one month, huh? That’s tough.


That’s right.


That’s a great question. There are a lot of differences between Japanese and American education. To start, the breakdown for time in each level of school is different. So for example, how many years is Japanese elementary school?

日本のelementary school小学校はsix years アメリカは?

American elementary school is 5 years.

5 years 中学校は?

Junior high is the same as in Japan. 3 years.


High school in the States is 4 years; in Japan it’s 3.


That’s true an American high school freshman would still be in middle school in Japan. That brings up kind of a neat point about language. In Japanese, you always talk about what grade a student is as it relates to the year in their current school.


Yeah, that was pretty confusing. For example, in Japanese you say

小学校5年生、or 高校2年生、right?

And that would translate as elementary school 5th year or high school 2nd year.


Yeah. But in American English, we count up from the first year in elementary school. First grader, a second grader, a seventh grade, an eleventh grader. People just know that 1 through 5 is elementary school, 6 through 8 is middle school, and then 9 through 12 is high school.



That did turn into an English lesson, didn’t it?



Yeah, I did. I said American English because I don’t know anything about the education systems in other English speaking countries. Language is so linked to culture that even if two countries speak English, they might use very different words depending on the specifics or the systems in that country.


Funny you should say that, because the annual sister city exchange program just started in Yokosuka. Every year, Yokosuka sends 2 high school students to each of our four sister cities. The application period just started.


Kent, do you remember our sister cities?


Well done. Well done. The exchange students are sent to the city for two weeks at the end of July. Before they also get special orientation classes, and they get to spend time with the visiting students who come to Yokosuka from our sister cities. It’s a great way to spend part of your summer vacation!


Yes. I really hope that every Yokosuka high school student applies for the program. So Kent, will you give a little more information in Japanese?





That was a lot. Did everyone get all that?


Yeah, I love that display. There is a display of pictures from the Exchange Student Program last week or in the past. And it will be going on until April 15th on the 8th floor of More’s City.


So there is a new school year starting and the start of the exchange student program in April. That’s quite a bit. But there is also something else starting this week.


It’s gonna be the third session of the Umi no Sachi Fair, that month-long fair that highlights in-season seafood.


This time is going to be hijiki seaweed, squid, and a type of sardine called katakuchi iwashi.


How about Shinano?


Very funny. Very funny. Not Nagano, Nagano prefecture. We’ll go to Aircraft Carrier Shinano.




Again, again, very, very funny. The real Shinano carrier was sunk in 1944, so I guess we’re not going there. If we do go there, it might be difficult to eat. But no, I am suggesting that we go to Aircraft Carrier Shinano izakaya.


The izakaya is super cool. It is themed after the aircraft carrier Shinano which was actually built here in Yokosuka. The uncle of the owner of the izakaya actually had a connection to the ship’s construction. In respect to him and to celebrate Yokosuka’s history as a naval port city, the owner decided to base the izakaya on Shinano.


I can’t wait to see what they’re gonna put out during the Umi no Sachi Fair. I am sure it’s going to be wonderful! Remember, the fair goes from April 9 to May 2.


Shinano is a 2 minute walk from Yokosuka Chuo Station. So check your Yokosuka Ichiban booklet to find where it is.


Thanks for listening.