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Friday 27 June 2008

Yokohama at a Glance

Yokohama is the second largest city of Japan with a population of over three million. It was among the earliest ports of Japan being forced open to foreign trade.

As one of the old Chinese sayings says: "If there is sunshine and water, there will be Chinese people." You can find one of the world's largest Chinatowns right at the centre of Yokohama City.

Passing through the colourful streets of Chinatown and walking in the direction of the port led me to the Waterfront Promenade of Yamashita Park. Minato Mirai 21, which means "the harbour of the future" in Japanese, is clearly visible from the Waterfront Promenade.

As Yokohama was one of the earliest ports opened to foreign trades, there was quite a number of Europeans settling here. Therefore, there is a street here at the foot of the Yamate Hill dedicated to the Europeans for their shopping spree, the Motomachi. Yamate Hill itself is filled with mansions in European architecture.

There is a park named Harbour View Park on top of Yamate Hill in which the name is self-explanatory. If offers a great view of the Bay Bridge in the evening.

I will be updating with more details of each location mentioned above, so please stay tuned.

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