Tag Archives: Yokohama

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Smart Illumination Yokohama – lit up the waterfront

It’s never dark and gloomy during winter in Japan. Cities will be lighted up and decorated with LED lighting and other energy-efficient lighting technology. These events are often called ‘Winter Illumination’ which adds some sparks to the coming event of Christmas. However, the city of Yokohama has other plans. They want to project a futuristic city to the locals and visitors by integrating green technology with arts and creativity. In this ‘Smart Illumination Yokohama’ event, the city is collaborating with QuanZhou city in China and Gwangju city in South Korea to light up the Yokohama Waterfront areas. The closest station to the Yokohama Waterfront is Nihon-Odori station, getting out from… Read More

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The port of the future in Yokohama.

The port of the future is the translation of the Japanese name Minato Mirai, the name of this spectacular area in Yokohama. The full name is “Minato Mirai 21 みなとみらい 21”. The skyscrapers and a huge ferris wheel makes it one of the most famous skyline in Japan. The tallest building is the Yokohama Landmark Tower, with almost 300 meters high and 70 floors. We also found the convention center “Pacifico Yokohama”, the Intercontinental Hotel, and the Yokohama Museum of Art. As a tourist area, there are several amusement parks nearby as well. The huge and colorful ferris wheel called Cosmo Clock 21. At its center we see a digital… Read More

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Pikachu at Yokohama

Pikachu is one of the main characters of Pokemon anime and certainly is much loved in Japan. To proof this, recently a festival dedicated to this popular character has been held at Minato Mirai, Yokohama. There are large inflatable doll erected and a car tuned to the color and shape of the mascot being showed on the streets. Some crowd did not hesitate to wear a Pikachu-shaped visor to join in the fun as well. Besides this public exposure, Pikachu is a character that is present in the daily life of Japanese people, which frequently being used as a publicity stunt in various ways, most recently as the Japan’s national… Read More

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Shin Yokohama Raumen Museum

In Japan there are museums for everyone, and Raumen Museum is the best example. Ramen noodles (ラーメン) were invented by Momofuku Andou in 1958, and the museum represents it’s long history. It is located in Shin-Yokohama, and is a kind of mixture of museum, amusement park and restaurant, or rather, restaurants, because there are nine in total. You can pay an entry for a single day for about 310 yen, a quarterly pass for 500 yen, or annual pass for 800 yen respectively. Of course every time we eat at one of those restaurants we have to pay for food. But this museum not only has a nostalgic atmosphere or… Read More