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The Grand Tour II-15: Eastern Capital... (東京)

So finally, 15 months and 14 cities later, we arrive here at the final destination of our Grand Tour of the Far East: Tokyo, also known as the Eastern Capital 東京. 597 more words

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Hotel New Grand, Yokohama

Hotel New Grand is the grande dame of Yokohama’s hospitality scene, and the only European-style grand hotel in Japan that still exists in pretty much condition as in the 1920s. 372 more words

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Yokohama Chinatown 中華街

If Nagasaki’s Chinatown is Japan’s oldest and most historic, Yokohama’s Chinatown, also known as Chukagai 中華街, is the nation’s largest and most bustling.  Located within the former foreign settlement of Kannai, alongside its European sibling, Bashamichi, the Chinese settlement was opened for business in 1859, almost immediately after Yokohama was opened up as a treaty port. 216 more words

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Yamate 山手 District, formerly known as The Bluff, Yokohama

During the Treaty Port Era, foreign residents in Yokohama settled high up in the Yokohama Hills, which they called The Bluff. Here also was to be found the major foreign consulates of the various Great Powers with trading interest in the city. 455 more words

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Kannai 関内 (and Bashamichi 馬車道), or the Former Foreign Settlement of Yokohama

Yokohama was the first treaty port in Japan to be opened to foreign trade in 1859, and the heart of the foreign concession area was known (and is still known today) as Kannai 関内, or within the Kanmon 関門 (“Kan Gate”). 482 more words

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The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

The Oriental Hotel is the grande dame of the Kobe hospitality scene, and it has had a long and complicated history. The first generation of the hotel was established by a Dutchman in 1870 at Lot 6 of the Foreign Settlement. 404 more words

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Kitano-cho and the Ijinkan, Kobe 北野町と異人館

Kitano-cho (or Kitano District) 北野町 was an extension of the Kobe Foreign Settlement, in that it was the location of the latter’s residential and consular district.   369 more words

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