Okitsuru: An island in the middle of Yokohama

Travel Oct 17, 2010

Okitsuru: An island in the middle of Yokohama

by Jon Mitchell

At a 2009 concert, Seijin Noborikawa, the grand-daddy of Okinawan folk music, told the audience about where he felt most at home when he visited mainland Japan. He described a neighborhood where passersby chatted in uchinaaguchi language, where shops served pig-trotter noodles and island ...

Minato Mirai: Loading bay to pleasure haven

Travel Dec 24, 2004

Minato Mirai: Loading bay to pleasure haven

by Michiru Yoshino

Originally home to a huge shipbuilding dock, Yokohama's Minato Mirai 21 area is today a great attraction for day and nighttime visitors alike. The "21" of Minato Mirai's name stands for the 21st century, but plans to redevelop the coastal area were underway by ...