2010年06月27日

'Yamashita-koen' in the heart of of Yokohama is the first western style seaside park in Japan, which was laid out by being reclaimed from the sea with the debris right after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.

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Yokohama is one of the trade ports when Japan opened its door to the West late in the 19th century. The amount of export centered on raw silk was overwhelming several other sites like Kobe in those days. In 1923, Yokohama seriously suffered the Great Kanto Earthquake, however she immediately started to carry out the park construction plan to rebuild the warfs, hoping the quick recovery from the damage. The rectangular park with a length of one kilometers and a width of one hundred meters is beautifully covered with lawn, where many foreigners strolling around may be seen in weekend. The Hikawa-maru in the picture below, one of the representative passenger liners operated between 1930 and 1960 is permanently moored to be opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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posted by masahisa at 17:39 | Suburbs of Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2010年06月18日

The Hotel New Grand in Yokohama opened in 1927 is a leading hotel with a classical atmosphere in Japan.

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This historic hotel in the picture was constructed only four years after the Great Kanto earthquake destroyed most of the buildings in Tokyo and Yokohama. The promotion of the hotel construction work was carried out under the banner of the quick rebuilding after the quake. Many distinguished people from various fields like Chaplin or Babe Ruth stayed here and General Douglas MacArthur spent his first night at this hotel right after the end of the Second World War. It is said that some of Japan's peculiar western-food-like dishes such as 'Doria', 'spaghetti Napolitana' and 'pudding a la mode' were originated with cooks of the Hotel.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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2010年06月16日

The Yokohama-cyukagai, Chinatown in Yokohama is the Japan's largest district of this kind with many tourists and gourmets who throng to the exotic shops and restaurants.

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Yokohama was designated as the foreign trade port together with Nagasaki and Hakodate soon after Japan discontinued its policy of seclusion late in the 19th century. Since then Chinese traders and wage earners have immigrated into this place and chinese schools as well as religious institutions have been built by them. Today around five hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores and variety shops stand here roof by roof, which forms one of the major tourist spots for Japanese. Entering narrow streets of this area,however, you will learn that this district must be a place of everyday life for the Chinese in Yokohama through the Chinese nursery school or the doorplate of the residence.
The picture above shows one of the entrance gates of the district, while the below one is the Chinese temple called Kantei-byo whose spirit is the god of the trade.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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