It’s weekend and I have plenty of time to write some more articles – yay! The football fans of you will maybe remember the city I’m talking about in this article. It’s Yokohama and the city of the final of the 2002 worldcup in Japan and South Korea. Sadly, Germany lost 0-2 against Brazil in the final but I won’t hold it against this place. Those Brazilians on the other hand…
I went there with Jonas and Masako again and our first stop was the Ramen Museum in Shin-Yokohama, not directly in the center. As you will already have figured out the museum was dedicated to various Ramen noodle soup dishes, which are famous all over Japan.
Please don’t ask me why they wrote Raumen instead of Ramen (they seem to do it everywhere Oo). I asked this question to many Japanese and noone could answer it actually. My guess would be, that it’s because the ‘a’ is actually a long sound, which can’t really be represented if you use alphabetic letters, so the additional ‘u’ fulfills that role. My theory.
The inside of the museum was designed to look like an area in Tokyo in the early 50′s and contained 10 Ramen shops as well as some more attractions like a souvenir shop and a small booth where you could shoot with a cork gun to win small prizes (needless to say, I had to do it ^^).
Space moles will attack! – Coming soon in a cinema near you!
Weird people where running around in that place, I tell you
Jonas eating his first Ramen – yummi!
In the aforementioned 10 Ramen shops you could buy Ramen from different regions of Japan, which have been carefully selected for this museum to represent the Ramen culture. Something like that was written in the museum’s leaflet. I think I should go back there before I leave and try them all – would be only 5500 Yen… and a whole day, because they really fill your stomach ^^
The hunter marks his prey.
The three of us before we set out to leave for the port and chinatown
After our visit in the museum we took the train to get to the harbour area of Yokohama and to the city’s chinatown. As a major port city (I think 1st or 2nd biggest in Japan) Yokohama has been a main entry gate for foreign influences in Japan, which can be seen in various places in the city. Coming from Hamburg, I found the storage buildings made from red bricks to be particularly striking, because that’s also a major defining trait of Hamburg’s port area. Another thing is of course the chinatown, which is one of the 3 official chinatowns in Japan (the others beeing Kobe and Nagoya, if I’m not mistaken).
Red brick storage building – like it!
The chinatown in Yokohama was definitely more flashy and felt a level higher compared to Kobe’s chinatown, if you remember that (I think I reported about it twice, one time last year and also earlier this year). Less rushed and crowded and instead more nice facades, statues, lights and so on. I’m not sure which I like more, but it was interesting to see, as I expected them to be very similar.
Still, in the end we had to go back to Tokyo, but not before passing by the harbour once more, to take pictures of the nice skyline, including the Landmark Tower – the highest skyscraper in Japan with 293 meters heigth. It also features the fastest elevator in the world apparently (at least when my guide book was printed in 2007). I’ll leave you with this view until the next article!