I was just wondering if it is true
that this was the first store to sell ice cream in Japan. Pharmacist: Ice cream. Okay. Gordon: They understand ice cream. Renata: Yeah.
[laughs] They’re so lovely.
[laughs] [music] Konnichiwa (hello) from Yokohama, Japan. Yokohama is such an interesting city
because in terms of population, it has more people
than any other city in Japan. Yes, Tokyo is bigger as a metropolis. But if you compare just city numbers,
city side-by-side, there are more people here
in Yokohama, and yet the streets
are so quiet, you know? Look at this. Of course, tourist areas are busy,
but not the average street. And I love it. Do you know what’s better here?
Depending on where you stay, you can walk to up to 80 percent
of all the top attractions here. For example, we’re in Kannai
near Bashamichi. And if we walk 15-20 minutes that way,
we’re in Minato Mirai. 15-20 minutes that way,
we’re in Chinatown. Five minutes here,
this is Isezaki shopping street. I’m absolutely loving it. We’ve been here for almost a week now
since my last vlog Getting to know the area,
getting familiar with everything And we haven’t used
public transport not even once. As on the last video I showed Minato Mirai
and the waterfront, today I’m going to show you
another major attraction: Chinatown. And also what we find
along the way. -You are here.
-We are here. -I’m here.
-No, we are here. Everything is…
-I’m right beside you. [laughs] Yes, we are. Minato Mirai, you can walk. Then you can also walk
to Chinatown right here. -You can walk all over. So, let me get started
by introducing this street here This is Bashamichi. And this street is so important
because as soon as Japan opened up the ports to foreign trade
by mid-19th century, all the foreign fashions
were concentrated here. There’s even a guide here
to the street. It’s just a shame it’s only Japanese. -Can you read that, baby?
-Yes. -Yeah?! What does it say? -Bashamichi.
-Oh! [laughs] The name Bashamichi
means horse-drawn carriage in Japanese. And it comes from the fact
that carriages carrying foreigners would be seen all the time
up and down here on this street. There’s even a design here
representing this past. It’s so cute. [music] Oh, they have the horses right here, too,
in the middle of the street. Yokohama was the very first port
opened up to trade in Japan and it quickly became
the center of international trading. As a consequence, Yokohama was the scene
of many notable firsts in Japan, like the first ice cream,
the first gas lights, the first boulevard trees. And guess where all this happened? Right here in Bashamichi. [music] The very first ice creams in Japan
were sold in this pharmacy right here. Heiandoo Pharmacy. They opened in 1870
and the pharmacy is still here. Let’s see if they have ice cream. Konnichiwa (hello)!
Do you speak English? -No?
-Pharmacist: [in Japanese] -Ah, I was just wondering
if it is true that this was the first store to sell ice cream in Japan. -Pharmacist: Ice cream. Okay. Gordon: They understand ice cream. -Renata: Yeah.
[laughs] -Pharmacist: It’s the first. -This is the first one…
-Yes. -Wow. -Yeah, I’ll take this one here.
-Okay. The first ice cream in Japan
and they still sell it. No preservatives. First ice cream sold in a drugstore. This is so historical. As in Japan,
you don’t eat on the streets, you got to eat right here
inside the pharmacy. Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much). -Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much).
-That was so nice. Thank you very much
for welcoming me here. -Oh, no problem!
-You are very, very friendly. – Very nice
-Thank you very much. -Thank you, thank you.
Arigatou gozaimasu. They’re so lovely. -Sayonara (bye)
-Sayonara (bye) -Arigatou (thank you).
-Thank you very much. Those ladies were so, so lovely and they were so proud
of the history. I’m really happy I came here.
It was so beautiful to see. [music] Another historic location
here in this area, the Port Opening Memorial Hall. I saw online that it only opens
for visits once a month. And that today is not the day. But it’s not what this sign here says,
according to Google Translate. Hmm, it looks like you can just walk in. Free admission. Host: This building is 102 years old. -Gordon: Oh, yeah.
-Hai (sim). -Renata: Wow. Host: In Japan, this bird is called Ho-o This is an imaginary bird -Ah.
-Hai. They’re supporting the city. That’s the symbol of the city. Host: In Japan, we closed our country for 260 years -Yes.
-No trade with other countries -It was the policy of isolation. -Uh-hmm.
-Uh-hmm. -Our ancestors went to Brazil -Yes.
-Yes, yes, yes. -We are very close.
-Yes. -Just like friends [laughs] You won’t believe what happened.
It was exactly that. We walked in
and a lady welcomed us, and showed us all around the building. She explained the history,
the importance of this building. Very kind of her. -It’s a beautiful building, huh?
-Gordon: Yeah. Yokohama Park. We’re now getting close to Chinatown. Right in the middle of the park,
look at this, Yokohama Stadium,
this is a baseball stadium. And baseball is one
of the top sports in Japan. Just for you to better understand
where we are, remember in the previous vlog, we walked from the pier
to Yamashita Park? Well, the park is right here. Today we walked about the same thing,
but from inside the city. -Meu amor (my love) -Meu amor (my love)
-Oh -You can see the gate from here? -I don’t know if that’s the actual gate. -There are several gates.
-That might be one of them. -Yeah, it’s probably just one…
-I thought it was one that was further -Yeah, there are several. There’s a main one,
we’re going there but… -Yeah.
-…there are several. -The one right here,
it’s got way down the street. -Yeah.
-Down at the end. -Yeah, but we discovered
another one here. -We’re at this gate. -That must be the main street.
-Yeah. As I talk about foreigners in Japan, ta-da, Chinatown. When the port of Yokohama
was opened for business with the international community, a lot of Westerners brought Chinese
to act as interpreters here, and some of them stayed. -The Westerners are not very smart. -Yeah.
-It’s Chinese. -Exactly. I don’t know
how they could understand each other. -Oh. There are several gates here
in Chinatown today, but this was the first,
Zenrinmon gate. Translating it means
good neighbor gate. [music] Now, being in Japan,
why would you visit Chinatown? Because this Chinatown here
is important. This is the largest in the entire country. I’ve seen online people saying
that it’s the largest in Asia, second largest in the world, I can’t guarantee
which statistic is correct, but it is big. It’s so big that you need a map. [music] Oh, this seems popular, baby.
Look at the line. -Number one, number one.
-All right, number one? -Arigatou (thank you)
-Arigatou gozaimasu (thank you very much). Go ahead, be adventurous -They’re full of soup
-Yeah. Full of soup, remember -Yeah.
-They’ll spill out. -And they’re hot.
-Oh, I’m glad you tried it first. [chuckles] Mmm. I love it. It explodes as you bite. You got to be very careful eating this. Look at this.
Look at this here inside. It’s so tasty. I love it. -Yeah?
-Uh-hmm. [music] This is the Kanteibyo Temple. It says here that it houses Guan Yu,
a famous general in China, and later deified. He was the inventor of the accounting method
used in ancient China. And because of that,
he became the guardian God of the nation and the God of Commerce and Wealth. And people come here
to pray for him. [music] To be continued -Because I’m here…
-Uh-huh. -…and you’re here.
-Both are here, baby. Do you see Casa d’Angela there?
That’s Portuguese. Meaning Angela’s house. Let me tell you something funny.
Did you know… [laughing] Do you know that guy who talks
the whole thing… -Yeah.
-…on live? -Uh-huh.
-I saw him and his wife go here. -No way!
-Yes, right here in Chinatown, Yokohama. -He just went in or you saw in the video?
-No, in the video. -Oh. I wanted to meet him.
-His wife went in. -No.