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横浜中華街Yokohama Chinatown

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  • Around Yokohama
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Yamashitacho, Naka-ku Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 231-0023, Japan
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Date of post:2015/06/15

The biggest China Town with authentic Chinese food and lively atmosphere

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We have several China Towns in Japan such as in Kobe, Nagasaki, etc, but the one in Yokohama is the biggest in Japan.

A lot of foreigners started to come and live in Japan from 1859 which is the year Yokohama Port has opened to foreign countries. Together with many Westerners, many Chinese people came. Now, there about 6,000 Chinese people who live in the area and you will find more than 500 Chinese shops. There are mostly Chinese restaurants, but you also find shops which sell everyday living things, Chinese food and souvenirs.

In each direction, you find beautifully decorated Chinese style entrance gate. And in the middle of the town, there is a big Chinese style colorful temple called Kantei-byo which enshrines one of the Chinese historical heroes Guan Yu. It is also beautiful in the evening with illumination.

It attracts many Japanese who want to taste authentic Chinese food and feel lively atmosphere. There is variety of choice of restaurants from inexpensive casual place to the expensive elegant ones.

They celebrate Chinese holidays, so if you go there in the holiday seasons like Chinese New Year, you will see a lot of events such as dragon dance and parade.

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Date of post:2015/06/15

The biggest China Town in Japan and Eastern Asia

  • City Walking

After Yokohama opened its port after the seclusion of the Edo period, many foreign people came to Japan for trades. There are many Chinese people among them, who first lived in the enclave, but after the conclave was abolished, more Chinese came and opened shops, built schools and shrines, which developed the area. They were originally merchants who were hoping to use their special skills, particularly they were skillful for the occupation of using knives – cook (kitchen knife), barber (barber’s scissors) and dressmaker (dressmaker’s scissors), with cooks forming the majority, and the food culture was spread from here little by little. What with a big earthquake and wars afterwards, there were ups and downs for the growth of Yokohama Chinatown, but now it’s the biggest one in Japan with about 500 shops and restaurants, which draws as many as 20 million people a year.

The hustle and bustle streets are fun to walk, but they look a bit too complicated. Although Yokohama is currently the second biggest city in Japan, followed after Tokyo’s 23 wards, but it was quite a country side of fishing and agricultural village during the Edo period. And the place of China town were once former rice fields, then it was reclaimed and especially narrow canals were remade as streets, which is a reason that the streets are tangled and complicated.

The origin of Ramen, or Japanese noodle is said to have been modelled after Chinese noodles in the area in the early 20th century. There are some other foods which work on your appetite, such as soup dumpling and steamed meat bun.

The foods are good, but walking around is nice too. There are four main gates at the entrance of China town of the four directions (N/E/W/S), which guard the land. Also there is a Taoist temple and a Confucian temple. They stand out with the unique building and the colours in the area, attracting worshippers and tourists.

There are many China towns all over the world, but it’s said that Chinese towns in Japan are different from the ones in other countries, that is, visitors are almost 95% non- Chinese. Atmosphere and the foods are relatively authentic Chinese, but Yokohama China Town is also a place where people can enjoy Little China.

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