Motomachi Park, Yokohama

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Motomachi is a district of Naka Ward in Yokohama, Japan, located immediately west of Yamate and east of Chinatown. It consists mainly of the Motomachi Shopping Street, a five-block long stretch of boutiques and shops, well known in Japan for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, original fashion, and Western influence.HistoryMotomachi was originally a quiet farming and fishing village until 1859, when the Port of Yokohama was opened. Since then, the close-by Kannai district became the foreigners' business district, and the adjacent Yamate and Yamashitacho districts became the foreigners' residential districts. Situated in-between, with Yamate to the east, and Kannai and Yamashitacho to the west, Motomachi became frequented by many foreigners. Shops and businesses were opened, catering to the needs of foreigners.Soon after the start of the Meiji era, the number of foreign residents increased. And western influence became more evident in Motomachi, with the opening of many cafés, bakeries, and boutiques. Such shops were uncommon in Japan at the time, and Motomachi helped introduce Western culture into Japan, as part of what is called bunmei kaika. This was the beginning of the Motomachi Shopping Street as it is known as of 2008.In the 1970s, the "Motomachi Shopping Street" produced a new style of fashion called the hama tora (short for "Yokohama traditional"). The most famous producers of the hama tora style were Kitamura, Mihama, and Fukuzō, three of the most fashionable boutiques in Motomachi.
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  • Yokohama Yamate flat part Yamate Street along part of the as both sides cliffs like a. That are shaped like down and Hill and go from the Yamanote Street Park. There were many people that draws the picture elsewhere on the Yamanote.
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  • That ever came close to quite often visited for the first time. Go down by the stairs and arrived at the pool (well pumping stations? ), And it was a small park. Interesting structures, etc..
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  • Motomachi Station-floor elevator ride down from the Yamate area, if you go a little longer Motomachi Park. I think the best place to take a stroll through the quiet. Yokohama opened various forms of Western-style architecture that is created when you can see the place.
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