Sunday, February 24, 2008

China Town - Yokohama, Japan 2/24/2008

Today I ventured into Yokohama's Chinatown, one of the largest anywhere. Yokohama itself has over 3 million people - its Chinatown is also vast. The Chinatown streets are ornamented with colorful, tall, gold-gilded entrance gates, orange globe lanturns strung high overhead and, beside several teeming streets are temples and shrines.

Vendors were competing to sell chestnuts as I walked by, and shops stocking fish, clothing, fine furniture, fruits and vegatables, and tea were all around. Chinatown, Yokohama is a bustling, lively district.

Also...some strange and exotic cooking ingredients were on display, that is, if you consider sea horse and dried bat exotic and strange (I do).

On the way back to a train station, I and a few comprades ducked into a "silk" museum - very educational, but we were really just getting out of the wind (and the cold).

Anyway, here are a few pictures of Chinatown, Yokohama. DOUBLE CLICK on the picture for a VERY LARGE PICTURE.

Entry Gate to China Town

Typical China Town Street Scene

Downtown Shrine

Downtown Shrine


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