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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Yokohama: Minato Mirai, The Port of the Future

Above, the Yokohama waterfront. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Japan Today continues their look at the port of Yokohama and the attractions that can be enjoyed there. A link to their first part can be found here.

They begin their article with:
YOKOHAMA —This article continues the exploration of Yokohama’s port area begun last month here
YES ‘89 (Yokohama Exotic Showcase), was an international exposition held in 1989, to commemorate the centenary of Yokohama’s opening as an international port city. The exposition was held on landfill around the site of former Mitsubishi shipyards at the top end of Yokohama harbor. The city had big plans for the site even after the exposition, including concert venues, exhibition halls, residential towers, wide tree-lined streets, multi-purpose office and shopping complexes, museums and amusement facilities.  
Today, nearly 20 years later, most of these plans have come to fruition and the development continues. The site is called Minato Mirai 21, the 21st century port of the future and it’s a great place to spend a family day out.
As mentioned in my January 30 blog post, the area was used as the battleground between Godzilla, Mothra and Battra in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).

Yokohama is covered in The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan on pages 19-20.

To read more, go here.

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