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Gundam the Giant Space Robot Arrives in Yokohama

The Yokohama Gundam statue A “life-sized Mobile Suit Gundam” space robot was unveiled to media gathered at Yokohama’s Yamashita Pier on November 30 by Evolving G, an otaku entertainment facilities operator under the umbrella of Bandai Namco...

Magical Winter Date Spot at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market

Despite having a Christian population of roughly 1%, Christmas is a big deal in Japan. It’s playing from speakers, appearing in stores and even decorating the streets. There’s no denying the spirit of Christmas consumerism is alive and well. So when the...

The Mystical Taya Caves at Josen-ji Temple, Yokohama

Kanagawa Prefecture is Tokyo’s southern neighbour and home to some of the most popular day-trip locations, like the lively Yokohama and the spiritual sea-side towns of Kamakura and Enoshima. But with this notoriety inevitably comes the tourist crowds. For those looking for...

Braving the Massive Ferris Wheel in Yokohama: Cosmo Clock 21

Cosmo Clock 21 stands high above Yokohama and Minato Mirai
Whenever I spot something tall—be it a Ferris wheel, observation platform, or ropeway—a certain kind of madness strikes me. I become enraptured with thoughts of how much fun it would be, how great the view would be, how cosy it would feel...

Oodles of Fun at the Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum

The Yokohama Cup Noodles Museum is a hotspot for Japanese school excursions, but has plenty to offer adults and/or foreigners, too. With an overarching theme of creativity, it’s a celebration of the creative thinking of Momofuku Ando, the mastermind behind instant noodles....

Exploring Yokohama’s Minato Mirai: All aboard the Nippon Maru

Yokohama has a history rooted in and floating upon the seas. A small fishing village until the late 1800’s, it is a place of many firsts for Japan; the first port, newspaper, gas-street lamps and railway all originated right here. These days,...

Liquid Tiramisu in a Cup: Vietnamese Egg Coffee at Cafe Giang in Yokohama

Cafe Giang's signature egg coffee
At first glance, Yokohama seems like the sleepy, more sedate sister to Tokyo’s glitz and glamour. It’s more spacious and has fewer crowds overall. Even on weekends, when families with young kids are out in full force, it’s positively mellow. But this...

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