Manhole Monday: Yokohama

Yokohama is such an underrated city on the Japan tourist trail. Sure, if pressed for time, I'd visit Tokyo, Kyoto and somewhere in the countryside, but with an unhurried schedule, this is a great place to spend some time. But Yokohama was just a blip on the radar when Commodore Matthew Perry sailed into its... Continue Reading →

Family Fun: Anpanman Museum (Yokohama)

Twenty-five years ago, a new superhero debuted on Japanese television. His name was Anpanman, his motto was "love and courage" and his head ... was a jam-filled bun. Yes, in the pantheon of Japanese anime characters, Anpanman and his food-related cohorts are certainly ... unique. But they have stunning staying power and are just as... Continue Reading →

Good Eats: ShinYokohama Ramen Museum

Most foreigners think of sushi when they think of Japanese cuisine, but noodles are an extremely popular item here. There are your standard cold soba (buckwheat) noodles, your thick wheaty udon noodles (often served with tofu or vegetables) ... and then there is ramen. Nothing starts an argument faster in Japan than proclaiming one type... Continue Reading →

Spotlight: Chinatown (Yokohama)

I realize that the Chinese New Year officially began on February 10th but since I'm heading up to catch the final days of the Nagasaki Lantern Festival this weekend, I'm in the mood to drag out the celebration a bit. Nagasaki has a small, interesting Chinatown itself but my favorite Chinatown in Japan is, hands... Continue Reading →

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