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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

Japan's biggest China Town

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

A lot of foreigners started to come and live in Japan from 1859 which is the year Yokohama Port 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.

There are beautifully decorated Chinese style entrance gates in all directions. 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 illuminations.

It attracts many locals who want to taste authentic Chinese food and feel the lively atmosphere. There are many restaurants from inexpensive casual places to the expensive elegant ones.

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

Date of post:2015/06/15

The biggest Chinatown in Japan and Eastern Asia

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After Yokohama opened its port after the seclusion of the Edo period, many foreign people came to Japan for trades. There were many Chinese people among them. They 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).
Cooks were the majority and the food culture spread from here little by little. Because of 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 attracts 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, it was quite a rural place during the Edo period. Where Chinatown stands now was once covered in rice fields, then it was reclaimed and its especially narrow canals were remade as streets, which is a reason why the streets are tangled and complicated.

The many different types of food 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 colors in the area, attracting worshipers and tourists.

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