Yesterday, we took one of cars in for its bi-annual inspection. In Japan, cars need to inspected and re-registered every two years, and the time was up for our Subaru. Having owned this car for only a little less than a year and a half now, I really think too much of it. It’s a nice car tote the family around in but I didn’t think I was emotionally attached to it as I am to my Honda. But for some reason, when I left it at the dealership and was given the loaner car, I really missed it. We were given a crappy little Toyota to use for the next two weeks, and I already hate it. Compared to the Subaru, it’s underpowered, a pain to drive in wet weather, and just plain ugly. So I’ll probably not be driving it much until we get the Subaru back.
The dealership is located near Minato Mirai 21, which is a newer part of Yokohama that has been under construction since the early 1990’s. It has a lot of new shopping malls, restaurants, and high rise apartment buildings that overlooks Yokohama Bay. There’s also a small amusment park there, where we took Haru for the day. Since most of the rides were geared for older people, there weren’t too many rides Haru could ride on. But we did take her on the giant Ferris wheel, which she seemed to really enjoy. Even though the weather wasn’t so great, we were still able to see the entire Minato Mirai area. Haru seemed to particularly enjoy the the boats that zoomed by in the harbor, which looked little toys from the top of the Ferris wheel.
Later, we went into the carnival area where there were smaller rides for kids about Haru’s age. Haru seemed to enjoy sitting in the little rides while they were not moving, but as soon as they started to move, should would want off immediately. I’m not sure if she was afraid of the ride, or if she just didn’t like the motion. I really wanted to take on one of the smaller roller coaster rides, which I know she’d get a kick out of, but since she’s still small, they’d probably not let her on.
We then took her to the haunted house, which I thought would bother her, but I was wrong. There was an animated zombie ghost-like manikin in front of the attraction which seemed to have frightened her. She didn’t cry, but she stared at it for a while and then turned away, while grabbing onto to me. She is quite strong, so she nearly strangled me. The funny thing is, as we walked away from the haunted house, she waved to the monster and said bye bye.
Haru on the Ferris wheel at Minato Mirai
Another on the Ferris wheel
And another, Haru wearing her yellow rubber boots.
Peeking over the side to see the little boats go by in the harbor underneath