Date & Time: Sunday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Spots: Dock Yard Garden, Yokohama Port Museum, Kisyamichi promenade, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Zou-no-Hana Park, Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall, Yokohama Archives of History, Yokohama Kaigan Church, Kaiko Hiroba, Yamashita Park, and Yokohama Marine Tower
Visitors: An Australian Couple
Attendant: 1 KSGG member
In the application form for the KSGG’s guide service, the visitors wrote that they were interested in the history of Yokohama. I arranged a plan to explain the 160 year history of the city first at the Yokohama Port Museum and then to take them to the historic sites. This plan proved quite effective because those historical spots were scattered and not lined up chronologically.When I guided them I had already explained the historical background; they said my explanation was helpful to understand.The buildings we actually entered were only Yokohama City Port Opening Memorial Hall and the lobby of Yokohama Archives of History. Since the visitors were fond of history, they seemed more interested in talking about the social events in old days and how the buildings were constructed than looking at their architecture.
They had visited Japan many times, but this was their first visit to Yokohama. As they said “We have climbed Mt. Fuji but have never seen it”. We finally went up to the observation room of Marine Tower. Unfortunately, there were clouds in the western sky, and they were unable to see Mt. Fuji from there again as on Enoshima Island on the previous day.