Such an awesome gate, no pith needed
Trust me, Chinese and Japanese writing is different, OK?
Entering the great gate labeled “Chukaigai” in Yokohama, Japan, you are instantly transported to China–or at least, you feel like it! Apparently this is one of the largest China Towns in all of the world, and I certainly feel swallowed up in it every time I visit!
“Excuse me, can I have the whole batch to go?”
Other than more colorful than average architecture, Chinatown offers some of the best food around–I’ve already professed my love of “niku-man” in another blog, and I think I’ve fallen all over again for these succulent Chinese dumplings, served piping hot right on the street.
The next place this rice is gonna stick is my ribs!
Tasty sticky rice and noodles abound in the shops as well. A word to the wise–there are so many that it’s hard to choose, so follow the crowds! The nose knows, as they say. That’s just a nice way of telling you not to go somewhere where people aren’t eating; bad sign anywhere, right?
Hope that’s not a real sword he’s using. Ouch!
What’s this dragon so happy about?
If you’re lucky enough to catch the Chinese New Year festivities while you’re here, then so much the better. You can see everything from acrobats, pretty baton-twirling parade girls, and meticulously designed dragons like the above. It’s a celebration that Chinese, Japanese and out-of-towners alike turn out in droves for.