It has been a while since I last visited Chinatown in Yokohama. Normally I only go there in spring on my way to Yokohama Stadium to see the tulips. Every time I go there, I tried not to spend as much time as I can because it is too crowded for me. Last week I had the chance to visit it again when I met with my friend Kath before she went back to the Philippines. Her hotel is just a few blocks away and since we still have enough time, we decided to look around Chinatown.

We went there around 10:30 in the morning, most of the shops and restaurants were still closed. The streets, not field with local and foreign tourists. It was quite different from what I used to see. Different but interesting. We were able to enjoy the place without battling our way on crowded streets. I especially enjoyed the time appreciating the harmony of old and new infrastructures.

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The streets of chinatown before its daily chaos

 

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Hello Kitty as a Panda

 

Mazu temple
Lanterns inside Mazu Miao Temple.. Mazu, the Goddess of the Sea is worshipped at this temple.

 

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A peek of the altar inside Mazu Temple

 

Chinatown in Yokohama : Mixture of Old and New

What I find most interesting as we tour around Chinatown was the harmony of old and new structures. There were a lot of buildings that were able to preserve traditional structures even if they did some renovations to adapt to the modern times.

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Chinatown in Yokohama Features Old and New in Harmony

 

Little India
A part of Chinatown is staring to become Little India

 

Some modern structures also made their efforts to incorporate heritage to blend in the whole area.

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Koban or Police Box designed to fit in its environment

 

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Starbucks with a dragon!