White Day in Kawasaki & Yokohama

Valentine’s Day in Japan is a day where girls give chocolate and other baked confectionaries to their significant other or the guy they’re crushing on.  But what do girls get out of it, you might ask?  A month later, on March 14th, is when guys are supposed to offer up something in return.  That usually means some sweets they’ve bought from a department store or a hot date.

Personally I prefer the American style way of celebrating Valentine’s Day, but because Mr. J and I didn’t have any time to spend the day of, we both had the weekend after White Day off, and so Mr. J promised to take me out somewhere then.

We slept in a little before hopping a train to Kawasaki, where they were holding an the outdoor Kawasaki Cinema Daidogei Festival and an Italian Food Festa at the neighboring La Cittadella.

© Kawasaki Cinema Daidogei Festival

© Kawasaki Cinema Daidogei Festival

Japanese comedy is pretty hit or miss with me, but we watched a couple of interesting act.  We started off with a magician called Dame Jan Koide and ended with this troupe, which was by far the best one we saw.

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Their wigs were amazing.
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As the weather started to turn sour, we decided to have lunch at an Italian-owned restaurant in La Cittadella, called Osteria Galileo.  Nori had a calzone, and I had the pesto pasta.  It was divine!  The owner, Galileo Savastano, even came out to chat with us a little before we paid our check.  I recommend going if you’re in the area and looking for some authentic Italian and some favorites that are normally hard to come by in Japan.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

After that Mr. J took me to Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, which located off the Seaside line.  We both love aquariums and had tried to go to the one in Izu Sea Paradise a few years back, but it hadn’t worked out.  Needless to say I was stoked!

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Walking from one Hakkeijima Station (Keihin Kyuko) to the other (Seaside Line).
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The Seaside line out offers some nice views.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Right now they’re running a campaign for couples, which was a pretty good deal.

© Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

© Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

We showed up just in time to pet the sea lions and penguins.  They have a lot of hands on areas for kids, too.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

They have a wharf area where you can catch your own fish, have the staff cook it and serve it up for you, and dine on this boat.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Mostly we walked around and just looked around the aquarium.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

© J // Washing Rice Blog

© J // Washing Rice Blog

Piranhas!  They had baby piranhas too, which are super tiny and don’t look very threatening.  They were too small to even get a proper picture of!  Did you know it’s actually legal to own piranhas as a pet in Japan? :S

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

We caught a show and watched these dolphins get it on to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl”.  It was pretty cute.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

We didn’t eat dinner at Sea Paradise, but besides the option to catch and cook your own meal, they have an outdoor dining area for BBQing, and a few buffet and Western-style cuisine restaurants inside the park.  The park looks really nice lit up at night.

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© J // Washing Rice Blog

Before we left we bought some chinanago (garden eel), which are still kind of popular in Japan, mug cups as souvenirs.  Aren’t they cute?

© J // Washing Rice Blog

© J // Washing Rice Blog

It was a nice White Day date and we really enjoyed ourselves♪  If you and your significant other celebrated White Day, what did you do?

– J

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