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Yokohama Stories

At a Greek Bar

Eating Egg Tart in China Town

Painting by Vietnamese Artist

Yokohama is home to one of the oldest ports in Japan. It opened its doors to the world in the mid-19th century, becoming the birthplace of all things modern and attracting a foreign population. Our traveler, French photographer, Chloe explores the many faces of this multicultural city.

Places Chloe Visited:
Yokohama Archives of History
The archive stores precious 19th century documents and photographs.
Open: 9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (Closed Monday, except National Holidays)

Center Grill
Enjoy Yokohama's original "Neapolitan Spaghetti".
Open: 11:00 a.m. -9:15 p.m. (Closed Monday, except National Holidays)

Athens
Try original cocktails and Greek specialities.
Open: 5:00 p.m. -2:00 a.m. (Open all year round)

Kato Hanten
Open since 1973, Kato Hanten is one of the older Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Try the Chinese Spicy Hotpot.
Open: 10:30 a.m. -9:00 p.m. (Open all year round)

Kanteibyo
Visit the temple dedicated to the god of prosperity and peace, for good luck.
Open: 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.

Meikoukaku
Discover different aromas and flavors of each brew in the Chinese tea ceremony. Enjoy the luxurious world of Chinese tea.
Open: 12:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Koganecho
Koganecho Bazaar, the art festival will be held again in 2015. Meantime some artists' studios are open for public viewing.
Contact: Koganecho Area Management Center

Access:
To reach Yokohama from Tokyo, take the Toyoko Minatomirai Line from Shibuya Station (approx. 36 min.) or the Shonan Shinjuku Line from Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ebisu or Shinagawa Station.

Travel Log - Traveler:

Travel Log

Traveler:Chloe

My experience in Yokohama showed me a different side of Japan. I was pleasantly surprised to see how the former red light district in Koganecho was transformed into a place for art, where local and international artists can mingle, create and exhibit their work. It was really nice to be able to meet up with the Vietnamese artist Liar Ben who was doing a residency during the Koganecho Bazaar. I think this kind of successful exchange takes place due to the spirit and energy of the community!

It was also very interesting to go through the exhibits at the Archives of History Museum and to see original 19th century vintage, hand-colored prints. I got to try Neapolitan spaghetti, originally invented in Yokohama and a Greek cocktail! I was also fascinated to discover the Chinatown of Yokohama, which is very different from the Chinatown in Paris for example. Going to the Chinese temple and trying all the delicious food were wonderful experiences. Of course it wouldn't have been the same without Lara and her really warm family. Since olden times, the city has welcomed foreigners and their traditions, creating an original culture unique to Yokohama.