Thursday, April 20, 2023

Cruise 1 - Yokohama

Our third day in Japan and it was time to head to Yokohama for the first of two cruises we'd be taking. But first, we spent the morning at Shibuya Crossing, a photogenic location in Shibuya Tokyo where five roads come together in a large intersection. When all of the traffic lights turn red, pedestrians scramble across the intersection, hence the name "Shibuya Scramble Crossing". The light wasn't very good for photography and the best shots are probably at night anyway, as you can see at Google maps, but we did manage to grab a coffee and find a table at the nearby Starbucks overlooking the crossing.

We made our way to Yokohama to catch the cruise which left port late afternoon. There wasn't a lot to see that day, though the Kagami-biraki ceremony was fun. They perform this ceremony at the beginning of Princess cruises leaving from Japan. It involves breaking open a Saki barrel and giving everyone there some free saki.

After the ceremony we departed port to a warm sendoff, a band playing and people waving farewell, then sailing out of the harbor under the Yokohama Bridge as shown in the photo below.

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