28. Why Yokohama?
by Pencil Louis
Yokohama is a paradoxical city. On the one hand, it is a
separate town from Tokyo with a distinct history and
atmosphere of its own. On the other, it is merely an outer
suburb of the larger metropolis seeping down from the north.
English-language guidebooks all but ignore Yokohama. Yet, it
is one of the most popular destinations for the local
Japanese tourists. Yamashita Park is crowded with young
couples on any weekend. Chinatown is one of the most famous
restaurant districts in Japan. The Bay Bridge remains the
country's premier lover's lane. The Foreigner's Cemetery is
a popular historical landmark and Motomachi is a well-known
shopping centre. From a writer's point of view, Yokohama
represents the perfect compromise between the two Japans -
Tokyo and provincial Japan.