29 May, Wednesday
JAPAN, Yokohama – In spite of its strict immigration policies, Japan has not one but three three thriving Chinatowns! The largest is found at Yokohama, and has earned a well-deserved reputation as a shopping and street-food paradise – both among locals and visitors alike.
Yokohama Chinatown (also known as Yokohama Chukagai) is home to over 600 shops hawking everything from Chinese tea to qipaos. Naturally, it is also one of the best locations in Japan for Chinese food, with mapo doufu being a standout thanks to the made-in-heaven pairing of Japanese tofu mastery and Chinese cookery expertise.
Four towering Chinese-style gates – each enshrined with traditional guardians of the cardinal points – serve as the main entrances to the bustling district. At the centre of it all stands the colourful Kanteibyo Chinese temple, dedicated to the Chinese deity of good fortune and business.