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att.JAPAN Issue 47, July 2009

Negishi / Honmoku

Many of the first events and happenings to occur in Japan occurred in Yokohama.

Japan's first modern western-style horse race was held in Yokohama. The Yokohama Horse Racetrack, located on a hill near JR Negishi Station, was constructed for foreign residents living in Yokohama as a recreational facility in 1866, and a horse race was first held there the following year. The place is also referred to as "Negishi Horse Racetrack," after the name of the area. The facility was closed in 1942, and the site has since become Negishi Forest Park, where citizens can relax. The Horse Museum, which exhibits materials on horse racing and the equestrian arts, is open in the park.
This place is regarded as one of the most famous parks to see, comparable to Yamashita Park and Harbor View Park (Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen). Since it is located on a hill, it commands a view of Minato Mirai District and even Mt. Fuji on fine days. The gentle lawn field in the park is very popular, and is visited by many people in spring as it is one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Honmoku Area is located 2 km east of Negishi Forest Park. Mycal Honmoku is a shopping complex that includes fashionable clothing shops, sports shops, restaurants, and a movie theater. This mall carries different styles of goods and clothing from the neighboring Motomachi area. The Honmoku area was once a site of a U. S. military base, and somehow it retains the atmosphere of the West Coast of the United States.

Go a little further and you will come to Sankeien Garden. Sankeien was built and owned by Hara Tomitaro, a Yokohama businessman who succeeded in the silk export business.
Some valuable historic structures were moved from Kyoto and Kamakura and rebuilt there. Many people visit Sankeien Garden to enjoy the seasonal flowers as they bloom beautifully in the vast, Japanese-style garden of 175,000 square meters.
Seasonal events are often held here, so it may be good to check the schedule outlined on the Garden's website (http://www.sankeien.or.jp) before visiting.

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