Yokohama has a long artistic history: when the port city first opened to Western traders in 1859, local artists created Yokohama-e, a woodblock print genre depicting the foreign arrivals with their strange faces and exotic clothing. These days, the city’s growing creative scene even rivals Tokyo’s.
Beyond the well-established art museums, artists and community groups are turning previously neglected areas into creative hubs. Koganecho-Hinodecho is now an unmissable arts and culture district which hosts the Koganecho Bazaar art festival in autumn. Amongst all this, cafés and bars draw in art lovers with a vibe that’s both creative and resolutely relaxed. Here are the best places to go to get involved in the Yokohama art scene.
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