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Yokohama Archives of History, Yokohama

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The Yokohama Archives of History in Naka ward, central Yokohama, near Yamashita Park, is a repository for archive materials on Japan and its connection with foreign powers since the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853. The archives are next to Kaiko Hiroba (Port Opening Square) where Commodore Perry landed to sign the Convention of Kanagawa.The archives are housed in a newly-built annex of the former British Consulate building. The British Consulate building, which replaced a building destroyed in the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, was completed in 1931 and used as a consulate until 1972. The ground floor of the building is open to the public and there is a small exhibition room which is free. There are plaques in the building commemorating consulate employees who died in the earthquake, as well as British sailors who died during the British Bombardment of Kagoshima in 1863. The British Court for Japan, under the British Supreme Court for China and Japan, sat in the consulate compound from 1879 to 1900. Prior to that the British Provincial Court for Kanagawa sat in the compound from 1865 to 1878.The archives include a museum which tells the story of Japan and Yokohama's opening to the West, beginning with the arrival of Commodore Perry and his black ships.
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  • The Yokohama Archives of History are built on the site of the old Yokohama British Consulate. There is a small display room in the old consulate that is open to the public for free. In the archive bui...  more »
  • My guidebook mentioned this place in passing, and because it was a very nominal fee to enter, I thought I'd give it a shot. It was FANTASTIC! The museum itself is quite small, but it explains the hist...  more »
  • This is a small museum that you can see in an hour or so. It tells the story of Yokohama's treaty port years using lots of visuals, including woodblock prints and early photographs. Not everything is ...  more »
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  • 1981 Perry arrival time of painted trees Tmax younger United Kingdom Consulate in Yokohama opened business the main courtyard. The trees at that time and burned down in the great Kanto earthquake, current tree grew from the bud. From Yokohama port opening just before opening and modern materials are exhibited. Special exhibitions are also regularly been pattern. Cheap admission fee is required. Has the sale of exhibition materials book or related books and maps at the entrance.
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  • Permanent exhibition is far greater. Will be a small felt the Museum people. Know about Yokohama's modern history. Opening day exhibition according to Ferris wheel and just lovely.
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  • I may try again. And why not in the main objective. If you like history can be enjoyed as such.
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  • Time period of national isolation of Japan from opening behind the Yokohama materials exhibit. Special exhibit on this day, there was an exhibition of the imperial household agency document a valuable, so quite impressive. Absolutely prohibited photography exhibits, exhibit of replicas and models at the exhibition only, I felt like a little unsatisfactory.
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  • Museum passes in the Perry landed. Visit if you like the end of shogunate.
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