Yamate in Monochrome

Yamate is a quiet and charming neighborhood in Yokohama famous for it’s European style houses and parks. This odd combination stems from early Western traders who resided in Yamate when Yokohama port opened it’s doors to foreign trade some 150 years ago.


Today Yamate is where many expatriates and wealthy locals call home. I wonder what’s it like to grow up here in a house compared to the shoe box apartments in the city?


I was there on a cloudy afternoon. The sky was a boring block of gray. So I decided to edit my shots into black and white. Not sure if some of the shots work in monochrome but that gray sky was really annoying me.


This is one of the houses in the neighborhood. I actually thought the house was abandoned and wandered into the backyard only to see people having a party or something. Awkward.


Taken at the Harbor View Park. Like the name suggests you have an entire view of the harbor from here. But the view (or rather the sky) wasn’t great so I decided to use some trees to frame the Yokohama Bay Bridge in this shot.


Fountains seem to be everywhere here. This is the 3rd one I’ve seen around the area.


Let’s end with something more colorful.


The flowers here in Japan are absolutely beautiful. Can’t wait to experience my first cherry blossom blooming next year.

I have to say it feels odd to share photos of a European style neighborhood in Japan. All in all, it was a leisurely afternoon stroll under the hot summer sun.

9 thoughts on “Yamate in Monochrome

  1. I agree that an area of european architecture in Japan seems odd, but nonetheless it looks quite attractive. Interesting that you say that wealthy locals like to live in this area.

    • It’s because only the wealthy ones can afford to live in Yamate. Property prices and cost of living in Japan is through the roof. Even the rental for my shoe box apartment in the city costs about US$1200 per month.

  2. Yamate has a number of parks within walking distance from each other. The largest is the Harbor View Park, which is named after the view that the park affords onto the water and the Yokohama Bay Bridge. On the park grounds one can find some of the area’s preserved western buildings. Mostly former residences, the buildings are open to the public and most have been furnished in their original style.

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