Yokohama Chinatown: Experience sights, sounds and tastes of Asian culture near Yokosuka Naval Base

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The East Gate enterance to Yokohama Chinatown is right next to Motomachi Chukagai station. (Photo by Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)
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The East Gate enterance to Yokohama Chinatown is right next to Motomachi Chukagai station. (Photo by Trevor Andersen/Stars and Stripes)

Yokohama Chinatown: Experience sights, sounds and tastes of Asian culture near Yokosuka Naval Base

by: Trevor Andersen | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: December 06, 2013

The streets smell of roasted chestnuts, which seems to fit in perfectly with the Christmas decorations now in place.
 
Yokohama Chinatown in Japan has hundreds of shops, restaurants and street vendors selling food and trinkets. The fact that it’s just 45 minutes away from Yokosuka Naval Base only sweetens the deal.
 
One of the most popular foods in Yokohama Chinatown is xiaolongbao, a steamed dumpling filled with soup and meat. The xiaolongbao shops show videos of people failing to eat them properly and shooting hot broth at their friends. They’re tricky to eat, but they’re delicious.
 
It’s interesting to experience Chinese culture, even if it’s filtered through a Japanese sensibility. The streets are very clean and there’s almost a theme-park feel, especially in some of the themed food courts where dining areas are decorated like sets from a kung-fu movie.
 
While the food might be the most obvious selling point, Yokohama Chinatown is also the place to go if you want to buy a Bruce Lee track suit for a baby or get your palms read on the side of the road.
 
If nothing else, it’s a great place to kill a few hours with friends. And it’s easy to get to — Yokohama Chinatown is located just outside Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line.
 
andersen.trevor@stripes.com
 

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