The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
In this museum, you can find all the ramen styles that are typical for various regions of Japan in one spot. Moreover, in this food-themed amusement park, you can not only enjoy Yokohama’s or Japan’s taste, but also the world’s different tastes in a street-scape replication of the year 1958 to also relive the history of ramen.
You can buy ramen from all over the world in the museum shop, make your own ramen or sweets or find a huge variety of goods remembering of the Showa Era.
You can try Slot-car Racing, which was very famous in the ‘60s and is a rarity today. The track is 30 meters long and can be enjoyed both by children and adults. Or you can relax at the café and snack shop, while your company strolls through the Sunshine Shopping Street. In the Dagashi-ya (old fashioned sweet shops) you will find a vast variety of sweets and toys like back in the old days.
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Sankeien is known for its many ancient buildings that have been relocated from places all over Japan, like for example a three storied pagoda located high up on a hill deep inside the garden. This pagoda, originally constructed in Kyoto in the mid-1400s, was brought to Sankeien in 1914.
The entire garden was once the private home of Tomitaro “Sankei” Hara (1869-1939) an extremely wealthy silk merchant. It was opened to the public in 1906. As you stroll through the park you will find bridges, streams, small waterfalls, bamboo groves, and ponds. In late March or early April, the cherry blossoms (sakura) are in full bloom. In July and August, there is a pond just inside the entrance that is bursting with the beauty of thousands of Japanese pink lotus blossoms. In late autumn, you can enjoy the changing color of the leaves. In winter, plum blossoms (ume) start to bloom in mid to late February; nature’s way of telling the Japanese people that winter is almost over.
Entering Yokohama Chinatown is like entering a different world. Glittering buildings and signs, colorful sundries shops, more than 600 shops in only a 2500 square meter area – This area knows how to dazzle people. On top of that, Yokohama Chinatown is known as one of the world’s best Chinese food spots. This place makes it possible to enjoy the various cuisines of the different areas of such a huge country as China in just one day.
The most popular and common food types are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, and Sichuan. These are followed by Taiwanese and Dim Sum.
Based on ancient court cuisine, Emperors asked their cooks to arrange dishes from food that was harvested or gathered from their huge tracts of land. The taste is rich to some extent and mainly uses wheat flour and meat. Peking roast duck is typical. A whole duck is roasted in an oven and served. Usually, the skin, meat, and bone are all served as part of one course. A steamed bun and boiled Chinese-style dumpling are another example. You will often smell these juicy steamed buns on the street, especially in autumn and winter in Chinatown.
The Shanghai area is blessed with fish and shellfish from the sea and the Yangtze River. The taste is thick and also a bit sweet, because of fermented seasonings like vinegar, soy sauce, and Chinese wine. Shanghai hairy crab (only in October and November) and juicy steamed pork bun are famous dishes. It’s quite hot but please eat it in one bite. Otherwise, you’ll miss the condensed juicy flavor!
The characteristic of this cuisine is its variety. It consists of dishes that are lightly seasoned and that make good use of natural flavors. The popular dishes are shark fin soup and chop suey.
Sichuan is surrounded by high mountains. It’s quite cold in the winter and really hot and humid in the summer. Because of this condition, this cuisine is hot and spicy. The top-rated Sichuan dishes are spicy bean curd and shrimp with chili sauce.
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