National Apr 11, 2013

Yokohama errs, tweets launch alert

by Tomohiro Osaki

The Yokohama Municipal Government mistakenly alerted its Twitter followers Wednesday morning that North Korea had launched a missile, only to apologize 20 minutes later for the error. The city's crisis-management office sent out the alert around 11 a.m. Tensions with the North continue to escalate following ...

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

National Mar 26, 2013

Rare piano to return to Yokohama's Chinatown

by Kaori Watahiki

A rare piano produced in Yokohama's Chinatown about 100 years ago is about to return home as a donation to Yokohama Yamate Chinese School. The piano, donated by a 65-year-old woman in Aichi Prefecture, was made by Zhou Xiaosheng, who came to Japan in 1905 ...

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 ...