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March 01, 2012

根岸森林公園、ポニーセンター Negishi Forest Park and Pony Center

最近、子連れで気軽に行ける近場の市内散策が趣味になりつつあり、地図を見ては、「今度はここへ行ってみよう!」となるわけです。
We like visiting interesting places in Yokohama since we can't travel to far places with almost-2-year-old boy. I look up a map and decide, "Let's go there this weekend!".

今回は根岸森林公園と、隣の馬の博物館にあるポニーセンター。ちょうど思い立った日に、乗馬体験ができるということで、お弁当もって行きました。
This time, we visited Negishi Shinrin (Forest) park and Equine Museum of Japan with stands right next to the park. I found that we can try a pony ride on the very day so we hurried to the park with sandwiches in a bag.

根岸駅から歩いてみたら、まぁ、急な坂で…今度はバスにしようかな、と思いました…。20分くらいで公園の入口に到着。まずは馬の博物館へ行って、入館料(大人100円)を払ってから、一度外に出て昼食。
We went there on foot from Negishi station, but it's on a hill and we had to go up the steep slope. Well, we should take a bus next time. We arrived at the entrance in about 20 minutes. We first went to buy the tickets to the museum (¥100 for adult) and had a picnic lunch in the park.


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馬の博物館、中から見た入口。The entrance of the museum from the inside.

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ポニーセンターにて。入館券を見せると、ポニーの馬車や乗馬体験(小学生)ができるとのこと。馬車は0歳児も大人と一緒に乗れるので、こちらに乗せてもらいました。カールおじさんは、アレルギーも心配なので、カメラ係。チケットのチェック等を子供たちがやっていたのだけど、乗馬クラブの子なのかな?かっこいいね。
At the pony center in the museum, we showed the tickets and can try pony carriage or pony ride (elementary school kids). Babies can ride the carriage with adults so we tried this one, without Carl who was worried his allergy and decided to be a cameraperson. There were many kids counting the people on the queue, stamping on tickets etc... I think they belong to the club of the center. That's cool.


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厩舎。The stable for horses.

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こちらは根岸森林公園。元々、洋式競馬場だったのが、戦時中に(見晴らしがいいため)軍の施設となり、敗戦後に米軍に接収されたらしい。そしてそれが返還され、広い公園になったそうです。だから、今も周辺に米軍の施設があります。公園のど真ん中にもゲートがあって、おそらく住居とかだと思う。
This is Negishi Shinrin Park. There used to be a Western style horse race course around here but the Japan Navy used the place because they can see across the port from there during the war. And then Japan lost and it was occupied by the US troops. It was returned, and the city made it a huge park. There are still some American areas around there. We found a gate in the middle of the park and there seems to be a housing area of the states.

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最も印象的なのが、旧一等観覧席。この建物の利用法は市が検討中らしい。
I was very much impressed by the former first-class stand of the racecourse. So big and gorgeous. The city is considering how to revive this building now.
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公園でピエは転んで、ひざを擦りむいてしまいました。ズボンも少しやぶけてた。かわいそうに。。。でもだいたい食べ物ですぐに機嫌が直ります。しばらくはお風呂の時に傷跡を指してた。
Pierre fell in the park and scraped his knee. His trousers were slightly torn, too. Poor boy, but he soon turns happy with some snacks. He pointed at the scar at bath-times for a while (curios?).

帰りは山手駅へ向かおうと地図とにらめっこしていたのですが、米軍施設から出てきたお兄さんのあとをつけたら、案の定駅にたどりつけました(笑)
On the way back, we wanted to go to Yamate station and I was looking for the short-cut in the map, then we saw a man walking down from the US area and we followed him to get to the station!


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