Theme Week Japan – Yokohama

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Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0

Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan. It is the capital city of Kanagawa Prefecture. It lies on Tokyo Bay, south of Tokyo, in the Kantō region of the main island of Honshu. It is a major commercial hub of the Greater Tokyo Area.

Yokohama’s population of 3.7 million makes it Japan’s largest city after the special wards of Tokyo. Yokohama developed rapidly as Japan’s prominent port city following the end of Japan’s relative isolation in the mid-19th century, and is today one of its major ports along with Kobe, Osaka, Nagoya, Hakata, Tokyo, and Chiba.

Night view of Yokohama suburbs from the Landmark Tower © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0 View of Yokohama from Landmark Tower © Mugunth Kumar/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Darknshadow/cc-by-sa-3.0 Chinatown's East Gate © Yves Mertens/cc-by-sa-4.0 Minato Mirai 21 © Marc Antomattei/cc-by-sa-4.0 Minato Mirai 21 - Nippon Maru Memorial Park © Kanchi1979/cc-by-sa-4.0 Sankei-en Rinshunkaku © Urashimataro
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Night view of Yokohama suburbs from the Landmark Tower © Laitr Keiows/cc-by-sa-3.0
Yokohama literally means “horizontal beach”. The current area surrounded by Maita Park, Ōoka River and Nakamura River had been a gulf divided by a sandbar from the open sea. This sandbar was the original Yokohama fishing village. Since the sandbar protruded perpendicularly from the land, or horizontally when viewed from the sea, it was called a “horizontal beach”.

During the American occupation, Yokohama was a major transshipment base for American supplies and personnel, especially during the Korean War. After the occupation, most local U.S. naval activity moved from Yokohama to an American base in nearby Yokosuka. The city was designated by government ordinance on September 1, 1956. The city’s tram and trolleybus system was abolished in 1972, the same year as the opening of the first line of Yokohama Municipal Subway. Construction of Minato Mirai 21 (“Port Future 21”), a major urban development project on reclaimed land, started in 1983. Minato Mirai 21 hosted the Yokohama Exotic Showcase in 1989, which saw the first public operation of maglev trains in Japan and the opening of Cosmo Clock 21, then the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The 860m-long Yokohama Bay Bridge opened in the same year. In 1993, Minato Mirai saw the opening of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, the second tallest building in Japan. The 2002 FIFA World Cup final was held in June at the International Stadium Yokohama. In 2009, the city marked the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port and the 120th anniversary of the commencement of the City Administration. An early part in the commemoration project incorporated the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) which was held in Yokohama in May 2008. In November 2010, Yokohama hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

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