2013年07月05日

After being converted into the restaurant, shops and exhibition site, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses in Minato Mirai 21 became a leading tourist spot in the port town Yokohama.

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These old buildings were built as bonded warehouses at the beginning of the 20th century. Yokohama Port, opened in the middle of the 19th century, was rapidly modernized by the central government after its commencement. These bonded warehouses were constructed to secure the tax administration to cope with the sudden increase of exports and imports, and used to be Japan's most modern buildings in those days with, in that they were equipped with the first elevator in the country and fire hydrants. As being reinforced with iron rods between the bricks, they survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923.
The function of a warehouse discontinued in 1989, they were renovated into a commercial facility with the well preserved exterior. They have been revived with a broad park near the seaside.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2013年07月01日

'Sankeien' Gardens in Yokohama City was built by a successful businessman Tomitaro Hara who made a fortune through silk trade, and has been opened to the public since 1906.

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Sankeien Garden is dotted with seventeen valuable wooden buildings, among of which twelve are designated as important cultural assets, and these buildings were relocated from other old cities such as Kyoto. He divided his time between being a businessman and antique collector, gathering many national treasure class art objects. On the other hand, he relocated worthwhile buildings in decay in old cities to this place to preserve them to be opened to the public. The first picture shows 'Rishunkaku', originally built as a villa of the Tokugawa family in Wakayama Prefecture in 1649, which was relocated here in 1915. The tea house in the second picture is 'Choshukaku', which was built by Tokugawa Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa Shogun, in the grounds of 'Nijojo' castle in Kyoto in 1623. These two important buildings are designated as important cultural assets together with ten other buildings relocated here.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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2013年05月30日

The sailing ship 'Nippon Maru', which was a training ship built in 1930, is preserved in a dock next to Yokohama Port Museum in 'Minato Mirai 21'.

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The sailing ship 'Nippon Maru' was built in Kobe in 1930, for the purpose of training young promising crews. It had sailed across the oceans for 1.83 million km to bring up 11,500 sailors until its retirement in 1984. However it was dismantled of its beautiful sails and the whole body was repainted gray to be used for a transport ship during the second World War. Many ships were sunk by the US navy during the War, but this fortunate ship survived that difficulty together with the sister ship 'Kaio Maru'. For a while after the War, it was used as a repatriation ship from Asian countries and Micronesian islands.
Meeting the request of many people of the day, this ship was equipped again with the elegant white sales in 1952, and the original role was resumed. It retired from the services after handing over to 'Nippon Maru the Second' in 1984, and now is opened to the public in Yokohama.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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