Big Mexican Family Visit Yokohama Helping Each Other

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Date & Time: Friday, April 5, 9:20 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Spots: Yamashita Park, Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, Port Opening Memorial Hall (Jack), Yokohama Kaigan Church, China Town, Yokohama Park
Visitors: 16 members of a Mexican family
Attendant: 1 KSGG member
Language: English

A big Mexican family of 16 people came to Japan in spring with cherry blossoms in full bloom. When they visited Yokohama, it was warm and sunny, totally different from the previous day. They went to Yamashita Park from Yokohama Station by boat, SEA BASS. They took a picture against the Minatomirai skyscrapers. Female members were especially impressed with tulips and other flowers blooming in flower beds, saying “We have never seen such flowers in Mexico.” They viewed Yokohama’s Three Towers*1 from the Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, and visited one of them, the Jack, and Yokohama Kaigan Church. Monica, the coordinator of the trip, and her Russian husband interpreted my explanation into Spanish for their family all through the tour. At a Chinese restaurant, they introduced Mexican culture starting with a talk about the sombrero they put on that day as a mark to find each other. Finally, they went to Yokohama Park and bought some Baystars*2 souveniers. Monica always cared for every family member, and her husband pushed their grandmother’s wheelchair throughout the tour. Monica and her husband are very devoted to their family, and the bond of the Mexican family was heartwarming.

*1 Yokohama’s Three Towers are the King (Kanagawa Prefectural Government Building), the Queen (Yokohama Customs Building), and the Jack (Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall Building). Around 150 years ago, the foreign sailors who came to Yokohama nicknamed them after the cards.
*2 Baystars: the professional baseball team hometowned in Yokohama