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  • In this episode of Life in Japan we are exploring the fascinating city of Yokohama.

  • This international city has a vibrant downtown full of shops and towering skyscrapers.

  • And the largest Chinatown in all of Japan is found here.

  • This city close to our home has many surprises in store, as we explore Yokohama Life-in-Japan style!

  • [Life in Japan Theme Song]

  • Today I'm being chauffeured by the beautiful, illustrious Ruth Reutter.

  • Yes, yes.

  • Right over here we're going to have Yokohama station.

  • Yokohama is Japan's original international city,

  • the first seaport for international trading to be opened after Japan's isolation era.

  • With over 3.5 million people, it is the second largest city in Japan by population.

  • It blends seamlessly into the larger urban sprawl of greater Tokyo and is included when counting Greater Tokyo's overall population.

  • But make no mistake, Yokohama is a unique and special place all it's own.

  • You can immediately tell when you enter Yokohama by car.

  • The roads system goes from a chaos resembling spaghetti on a plate to a methodical grid and block structure.

  • Whoa girlfriend! City driver! Come on!

  • Not my cup of tea.

  • We are visiting nearby Yokohama in typical Reutter family fashion, finding an affordable hotel and exploring new areas,

  • staying within the confines of government regulations and recommendations during Covid.

  • While many things are closed or restricted, there are a number of new experiences to be had.

  • MyStays. It says we're arrival right Right there. Straight ahead.

  • Oh! There it is! Perfect! Do I have the right of way here?

  • I think so.

  • Hotel MyStays. Here we go, guys.

  • You did it, Zoot! Awesome, yea!

  • Here we go. Going to check in.

  • Go to the very top number.

  • What do you guys think?

  • Look at all the beds!

  • I'm going to sleep right here.

  • Pretty cool.

  • We're going to have to... oh, there's two bigger beds. That's good.

  • Should we turn on the lights in here? Turn on some heat!

  • Look at the view!

  • Whoa! Red train! A very slow train.

  • That's the train station there.

  • Oh yeah.

  • I'm sorry. We forgot the [Nintendo] Switch at home? Oh boy!

  • (Fake cries)

  • Wah! But we're going to survive, huh?

  • Very cool guys. I like our room.

  • Hit basement. That's where the car is parked.

  • Here we are at our parking spot. Let's get in our car and go!

  • Our exploration of Yokohama begins with the historical district where old and new meet in beautiful juxtaposition.

  • Red brick warehouses that once served as customs buildings now serve as shops, museums and event spaces in this beautiful area.

  • You have a little visitor?

  • Yea. What is it?

  • Who is it? It's a Shopkin.

  • It's a Shopkin? Cool!

  • This is an area that Ruth has always wanted to explore more, and tonight we're just getting a taste of what it's like.

  • Many shops fill the inside of these old buildings with novelties and specialties you'll only find here.

  • In fact, most of them ask that you don't film inside, so we can only show you a part of what it was like.

  • Where's Joshua?

  • What do you see Anna? Is it cool?

  • This is where mommy wanted to go. The Red Brick Warehouse.

  • Warm up!

  • I'm a horsey. You're a horsey!?

  • All kinds of attractions for shopping and dining fill this area, and they are all beautifully connected with ample scenic walkways.

  • You can imagine how special this would be on a cool summer's evening with festivals and fireworks, bustling with people having a good time.

  • Isn't it real, Daddy? Yes!

  • Look at all those bugs in there. My goodness.

  • That's a lot of bugs!

  • Oh, did you find a little Lion? King of the jungle?

  • Where are we going to eat?

  • I'm so hungry! So hungry? OK.

  • Look at the beautiful dinner! Oh my goodness.

  • Some pancakes, yum! And Orange juice.

  • How is it, Anna? Good!

  • Good? Becca, have you even tried yours yet?

  • No, I smell it though. It smells so good.

  • Yea, I want butter.

  • Look what came for us. Oh my yes-ness.

  • I want to go on this Roller coaster!

  • It looks pretty fun.

  • That is really freakin' cool, huh guys?

  • The Minato Mirai area of Yokohama boasts the Cosmo Clock 21, one of the biggest Ferris wheels in the world.

  • Clocking in at 108 meters, it held the record as the tallest Ferris Wheel,

  • only to be surpassed by another Japanese Ferris wheel shortly after it was built.

  • There's, I hear people laughing.

  • It's doing like a psychedelic flip-eye ball

  • The eye of Sauron.

  • Since everyone was so chilly, we decided not to do the 15 minute car ride to the top and back,

  • but to keep moving along and keep warm.

  • Hopefully we can get back here and try it sometime soon.

  • That is beautiful! What is it? Anniversarie?

  • Anniversarie? We should come here for ours!

  • It's a place for weddingsthat's what we have discovered.

  • Going going going going

  • Oh my goodness

  • It's expensive!

  • I betcha it is expensiveit's a beautiful wedding chapel.

  • Look at that place.

  • It looks like a Disney-land for getting married.

  • Parks fill the seafront of Yokohama and add even more beauty to one of Japan's most iconic skylines.

  • The open spaces between the skyscrapers is a rarity in Japan,

  • and that open feel mixed with the waterways and internationality of the city makes it feel like Chicago to me,

  • another iconic city along the water.

  • Oh look! I think its...

  • Oh! It's still 5:33?!

  • I know! And it's already this dark?

  • It's already this dark. Doesn't it feel way later than 5:30?

  • I feel like it's 7:00.

  • Huh Momma chan? What?

  • It feels way later than 5:30. It's only 5:30?!

  • Well it's 5:33 according to the giant Ferris wheel.

  • I thought it was like 8:00.

  • And past everyone's bed time.

  • Oh my goodness.

  • I don't even feel that tired because I was... let's dance again!

  • OK, let's dance again.

  • I want to dance!

  • Let's go take a picture with the Angel Wings?

  • Move Joshua, move.

  • Right there. Ok.

  • Now smile at Mommy, one, two, three

  • OK go Sarah. Awesome!

  • OK, we can do you again.

  • One, two, three.

  • OK. My turn?

  • OK

  • OK.

  • OK, look at Mommy when you do that pose.

  • Wings don't come out of your... ok.

  • Ok perfect. Let's go.

  • Whose kids are these?

  • I don't know. They're dramatic like their father.

  • I love it!

  • Come Joshua and Sarah! Hurry Anna!

  • What a way we have to do this!

  • We're freezing, let's get going!

  • Let's get going!

  • We made it back, yea!

  • What a night on the town.

  • Are you enjoying some ice cream?

  • Yummy, Sarah!

  • Oh!

  • Watching some Mr A Game?

  • And having some ice cream.

  • Fun!

  • Cheers! Cheers

  • Well it didn't take us long to find a park right by the hotel.

  • This is fun!

  • Hey Dude, are you going to do this one? Show me.

  • This is like the one at our park.

  • So slow. So slow?

  • Do you know what else Chinatown is famous for?

  • Chinatown!

  • Yokohama's Chinatown is the largest in Japan and one of the largest in the world.

  • Since Yokohama become Japan's Front door to the world,

  • it's only natural that one of the biggest settlement of foreigners, including Chinese, would happen here,

  • especially because foreigners needed special permission to venture outside of this area.

  • The food looks very authentic, doesn't it?

  • Yeah- those are interesting candied strawberries.

  • They have so many shops with lots of good looking stuff. Where are we going to end up eating?

  • Look at the end of the road!

  • It looks like Bowser's Castle down there, doesn't it?

  • Ha ha! It's like a real Bowser's Castle, Dude!

  • Yeah. I'm just walking backwards.

  • You're walking backwards now? OK watch where you're going, watch where you're going!

  • OK tiny street, here we go.

  • What are you going to get?

  • It's a strawberry. Strawberry one?

  • It's sweet Strawberry. Can I have money? Yes.

  • Whoa!

  • Mmmmmm.

  • And right next to it is something that looks good to Daddy.

  • Should I get some Karege and some French fries?

  • Yes. Is it good, Becca?

  • Oh! It looks good.

  • Who else is going to try it now? OK Sarah, why don't you try it real quick.

  • Well we ordered some chicken, some big chickens and fries,

  • It's got chili powder on it!

  • It's got chili powder and they are spicy, whew!

  • How is it, Becca? Spicy.

  • Spicy, but good? Yea.

  • I like it. Anyone want to try a bite of Daddy's huge chicken?

  • Is it spicy? A little bit. It's hot.

  • Look, let me show you on her.

  • Move. Turn around, please.

  • Isn't that pretty? Whoa.

  • Should we buy some? Yea, let's buy it and wear it right now.

  • We're getting some fun souvenirs here from Chinatown.

  • What did you get Sarah? Turn your head and let me see.

  • Oh, that's so pretty!

  • And Anna's getting one now. Anna can you turn your head and let me see?

  • Very nice.

  • Very nice Rebecca.

  • What are those things? Hair things.

  • Hair things. Not for us, Dude.

  • Well, that was a fun little shop. That was.

  • I'm cold. I'm cold too, let's go!

  • Everyone ate spicy food and now we're all thirsty.

  • Oh Mitsuya, Mitsuya!

  • Do you want Apple Tea Nate? Yes please.

  • Apple Tea for Daddy!

  • Look what we found... Mommy's favorite grocery store

  • Gyomu Super, right by Chinatown.

  • I'm sure they're selling food to all the vendors here.

  • Alright, now it's time for our next excursion.

  • Where will we go? What will we see?

  • They were being too noisy so I said "Skidadily-do"

  • (Kids laughing)

  • Let me out!

  • OK, should we get ready to go now? We're going to go to the big park with a big slide.

  • Yokohama is home to some truly beautiful parks,

  • and we've come to Kanazawa Natural Park to see if their roller slide is one of the best in Japan.

  • When traveling with kids, it's good to let them get their energy out at fun parks along the way.

  • There's where we want to go: massive slide.

  • And there's where we are, so what do we have to do?

  • We can go over here the boring way, or... The boring way!

  • Or walk down that huge mountain side?

  • I think we want to go the "boring" way.

  • What? Why?

  • It's not going to be boring.

  • Are you going on the massive slide?

  • Yes we are.

  • The "Master" slide? The "Master" slide.

  • I wonder if it's going to be bigger than the other one we just did?

  • What do you think? It's longer than the other one?

  • No.

  • It looks like a long slide. We're about to find out.

  • Look- it's under construction, the big roller slide, the whole reason we came!

  • Ohhh. But we still can have fun!

  • Look, there's the start of the slide, and then it goes down, down, down...

  • This may be bigger than the other one we just did now

  • But I don't know, we'll have to come back and see, huh?

  • I think the other one is longer.

  • Cheese! (Imitates camera shutter sound)

  • We found some fun things to climb on.

  • Becca did it.

  • Anna did it — almost.

  • Sarah's in the process of doing it...

  • I'm in the process... You too?

  • Joshua's doing good.

  • This is a steep mountainside here.

  • Way to go, Dude!

  • OK, Becca's trying without any hands. Let's see if she can do it.

  • No hands Becca.

  • No handswhoa!

  • Yes, Becca! Awesome!

  • Anna too! Oh, she used an arm...

  • Oh! She used both hands!

  • I'm going to try again

  • You're going to try again?

  • Well that was a fun park.

  • It will be way more fun with the slides open.