Helloooooooo! It’s been a while since I updated, because I was sick. It was so much fun. Now that the sarcasm has been covered, let’s resume our winter break that ended almost a month ago!
I had wanted to explore Yokohama, as it’s a fairly well known area in Japan, but whenever I looked into it people would tell me it wasn’t that great of an area for tourists. When we read about it online, we found that there is a chinatown so we decided to visit it because I love a chinatown.
From where we live in South Tokyo, getting to Yokohama was a relatively short train ride (shorter than Kawagoe, that’s for sure!). When you get to the chinatown, you’re greeted by a giant gate.
There’s the gate.
Here’s a close-up on said gate.
Communist panda in context of his shop.
Taiwanese buns that are cooked by attaching them to the sides of the oven. They’re awesome.
Where the soup dumplings are made.
Another shot of where they’re made.
The temple in Chinatown. Very different style from any other temple I’ve seen in Japan.
It was built to mirror the Chinese style of temples.
Incense burning is still happening.
The interior is much more gilded and colorful that most of the temples I’ve seen.
Every inch of the room was painted, gilded, or decorated.
There was a beautiful carving of some carp on the side of a pillar.
I’m a turtle! I don’t remember why…
The attention to detail comes right down to the outer walls, which are toped with ceramic bamboo tiles.
We did a few more things in Yokohama, so we’re not done with that, but we’ll also be returning to Yokohama this weekend for a chance to ring in the Chinese New Year!