One of the lovely Japanese friends that I have here is Shimpei Mori. I got acquainted with him in 2002/03 when he was working as a JICA volunteer at Mikolongwe in Malawi. At that time, I was working as a staff associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Malawi Polytechnic. Almost every week, Mori used to visit Eiji Kutsuoka, his fellow JICA volunteer, who used to work in the Department of Architecture at the same institution. Because I was so close to Eiji, with time I got connected to Mori and a few other JICA volunteers as well.
With the support of Akitoshi Nomoto and Kiyoshi Chikaoka, Mori organized a welcome dinner for me soon after my arrival in Tokyo. Since then, he has taken me to several exciting places. Last week he took me to Yokohama Bayside Marina for boat cruising. This marina is said to be the largest marina not only in Japan but in all of Asia. The weather was very fine on that day. Chikaoka joined us, making a crew of three.
We left Yokohama Bayside Marina at 10:15. We stopped briefly at Negishi Bay, where Chikaoka demonstrated his fishing skills by catching three saba fish. From there, we cruised on to Minato Mirai where we had lunch. We returned to Yokohama Bayside Marina just after 15:30. Here some of the photos from that day: