Oct 1, 2012


I went to Yokohama City in Kanagawa two weeks ago, I visited to Yokohama Archives of History. Kanagawa is a neighboring prefecture of Tokyo and Yokohama is historic city. The Tokugawa Bakufu (shogunate) prohibited the diplomacy and trade with foreign country for about over 200 years. But in 1853, Matthew Perry, commodore of U.S Navy, appeared with his warships in Uraga bay in Kanagawa and demanded to open a country to foreign trade and diplomatic relations to Tokugawa shogunate. This was all started to change Japan.

This building was British consulate in 1931.

Inside of entrance.

This big tree is like a historic spot.

Special exhibition "The Namamugi incident in 1862"

This incident is well-known in Japanese history. British citizens riding on horses crossed a daimyo's (a feudal lord) procession, Samurai got angry and killed a British man. This incident occurred by they didn't know rule and manner when encounter with daimyo's procession.

Tiles on the road.

A lot of Europeans had lived and reclaimed this city in Meiji period (1868~1912). So there are a lot of European style building.

I didn't have enough time to stay in this city, this day. I couldn't go to other famous place. I will introduce about there when I have opportunity to visit this city again someday.

Thanks for reading. :)

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