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Monday, June 13, 2016

Yamate Museum


The Yamate Museum in the Bluff/Yamate district of Yokohama is now part of the Yamate Jubankan restaurant and is the only remaining Western-style, wooden residence to survive the devastating 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Yamate Museum, Yokohama, Japan.

The Yamate Museum, which was built in 1909, displays a number of reproduction prints by Charles Wirgman (1832-1891), the British artist and cartoonist, who established the satirical Japan Punch magazine in Yokohama, the first such publication in Japan and the forerunner of Japan's weekly magazines.

Wirgman arrived in Yokohama as early as 1861, employed as a correspondent for the Illustrated London News. Wirgman worked with the Italian-British photographer Felice Beato (1832-1909), who is known as the godfather of modern photography in Japan, a man who inspired many Japanese of the time to take up the lens.

Yamate Museum, Yokohama, Japan.

Yamate Museum
247, Yamate-cho, Naka-ku
Yokohama, 231-0862
Tel: 045 622 1188

Admission: 200 yen for adults; 150 yen for school students
Hours: 11am-4pm; closed on Mondays (if Monday is a public holiday, closed on the following day).
Access: The nearest stations are Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line and Ishikawacho Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.

Other attractions in the Yamate/Bluff area of Yokohama include Christ Church, the Yokohama Foreigners' Cemetery, the British House Yokohama and the Yamate Museum of Tennis.

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