Yokohama was port town, still is to some extent. Visitors from all over the world with varying tastes. This beauty can be found in Chinatown.|
May 14, 2007
Keihin Tohoku line to Yokohama to look for anything that might connect with Su Manshu. But Yokohama has been destroyed and rebuilt three times since he was there. First in the 1923 earthquake, second in the conflagrations of incendiary bombing by America in the early 1940's in World War II, and again in the 1990's by large scale gentrification. There is nothing really old in Yokohama.
Motomachi, the foreigner's shopping street is all new, only two or three shops still the same names; Poppy an English style haberdashery where I bought my first ascot in 1955, Nakaya the expensive purveror of Western delicacies, chocolates, Prince of Wales tea, Scandanavian cookies, canned corned beef and spam (!), and the Hill Drugstore. The German Bakery is long gone along with its delicious chocolate rum balls!
Chinatown, now called Chukagai, China Street, is all new with many restaurants selling manju and siumai. A splashy new temple was added last year, the 天后宮 Tianhougong.
Walked to the Bund, by the New Grand Hotel that is celebrating its 80th bithday, built in 1927. and the venerable Hikawa Maru, that plied the Pacific for many years between Yokohama and Seattle still floats as a museam.
The north pier where Su Manshu, and everyone else who came to Yokohama by ship, landed is empty, hosting the occasional visiting tour ship. In Su's day, and until the early 1960's anyone coming by boat transfered to lighters for the short hawl to the pier.