Chinese New Year in Yokohama Chinatown

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To bring in the Year of the Horse, we headed down to Asia’s largest Chinatown (outside of China, of course): Yokohama, Japan.

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Yokohama is riddled with dark side streets lined with great restaurants, constantly surprising us at every turn.

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While we missed the majority of the traditional dragon dances, we caught a glimpse at the end. The dance is performed outside of stores and restaurants in hopes of bringing luck for the community.

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Chinatown was hypnotizing with endless color and decoration everywhere we looked. It was beautiful and bright, especially after sundown.

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After strolling for a while and smelling the amazing aromas wafting out of the countless restaurants, we began to get hungry.

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There was an overwhelming amount of choices, most notably was this display of shark-fin soup!

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We settled for dumplings instead of mysterious sharkmeat. There was a massive steamer outside of this restaurant that we just couldn’t pass up.

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After stuffing ourselves with dumplings, we had to satisfy the sweet tooth. Street food is plentiful, especially for jin deui:  a fried Chinese pastry made of rice flour, usually filled with sweet bean paste.

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The pastry is covered in sesame seeds for a pleasant crunchiness. It’s delicious when it’s fresh and warm!

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Out of all of our experiences during the Chinese New Year, just the slow exploration of the area was the most exciting. Fortune telling was a popular venue in the neighborhood.

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And just when we thought we had gotten used to Yokohama, we suddenly were audience to an impressive car show!  A happy new year indeed.

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