Sunday, February 17, 2008

Friday 2.8.08 Yokohama ChinaTown

I'm sorry that I haven't been updating as much as I want to! I'll still get to it, just a little bit later than I intended.

Thursday 2/7.08 was the Chinese New Year! We were hoping to go to Chinatown Thursday to see some of the celebrations, but we couldn't make it until Friday. By the time we made it to Yokohama everything was closing down, we had just enough time to get dinner, souvenier shop and go home. I'm not terribly disappointed because I'll be going to Yokohama for the full day on Saturday the 23rd to experience it a little bit more fully.

Yokohama has the largest Chinatown in Japan and it is very close to Tokyo. In fact it's connected by a commuter train and only took an hour and a half to get to from the dorms (it takes an hour just to get to school).

A photo of the map of Yokohama's Chinatown, it was pretty big!

A cool dragon dude outside a shop in Yokohama. I ended buying a panda ketai(cellphone) strap and some panda earmuffs.

Chinatown has lots of cool shrines and things :) I can't read Chinese or Japanese, so I have no idea what they were called.

Pretty pretty buildings.

Very very ornate.

A detail shot of the eves of the building in the photo above. Isn't it pretty amazing?

There were these gates over the streets of all of Chinatown at each beginning and end of the streets.

There was another ornate and cool building. And there was probably more than two in the whole of Yokohama.

Up close and sans gates. It was pretty impressive.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Stunning! Similar features to Japanese architecture but different. Very pretty.