Perhaps many people associate the Number of the Beast with 666, though.
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Hikawa-maru has been moored at Yamashita Park.
She entered service as a cruise ship in 1930 and carried passengers including Charles Chaplin between Yokohama and Seattle. During World War II, she was used as a hospital ship. Most vessels in Japan went down, but she survived.
After the war, she was used as a repatriation ship or carried cargo. In 1953, she returned to carrying passengers between Yokohama and Seattle. The passengers included Japanese recipients of the Fulbright Program.
I went to Yamashita Park with a friend living in Tokyo a long time ago. The ship was not popular anymore, but she had a grand day in the ship.
Many buildings built between the 1900's and the 1930's remain in Kannai area. However, most of old buildings were destroyed by the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.
I've been to Shanghai. I thought the Shanghai settlement was similar to Kannai area.
Here are a part of those buildings. I prefer Kannai area rather than Minatomirai area.
The following three buildings are known as the Jack, the Queen and the King towers. In the old days, very few high buildings stood in the area. So these buildings stood out.
On the site of the custom house, remains were found buried in the debris of the 1923 earthquake several years ago.
A tree(Machilus thunbergii) called Tamakusu is standing in the courtyard of the archives. It has been in Yokohama since before Yokohama opened its ports in 1859. The tree was ravaged by a fire in 1866 but sent out tillers in the yard of British Consulate General.
A seedling of Tamakusu was presented to Rikuzentakata City in Iwate Prefecture. Takatamatsubara(高田松原) was a scenic spot where pine trees and sands stretched over 2 km along the sea. The pine trees were swept up by the tsunami, and one of them was left alone.
My old high school built after the 1923 quake was similar to this building. Unfortunately, the school was rebuilt.
he NYK Maritime Museum (the former Nippon Yusen building) was built in 1936.
After the opening of the port, the foreign settlements were built in Yokohama. Foreigner areas stretched from Kannai to the Bluff area that is the high area south of downtown Yokohama.
Some old houses and the Yokohama Foreign General Cemetery remain in Yamate and Motomachi areas.
The foundations of the McGowan House was preserved and opened to the public as The Bluff 80 Memorial Terrace at Motomachi Park. Although French merchant Macgowan and his wife lived in a three-story steel-reinforced brickhouse, the house collapsed in the 1923 earthquake.
I like the Yokohama Doll Museum that has about 3500 dolls from Japan and the world.
I've seen antique Hina dolls and their miniature furniture there. The furniture was exquisite miniature reproduction of marriage furniture. Probably you can see them around the Doll Festival.
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