In the era when Japan isolated itself from the world, black ships led by Commodore Perry arrived from America and urged the country to open itself up to the world. After the Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed, the Port of Yokohama was open for trading in 1859. Raw silk trade, commerce, manufacturing, and tourism all grew rapidly through the port. Many historical Western-style buildings line the streets and even now, in the heart of Yokohama the bayside area holds a deep-rooted popularity as a sightseeing and date spot.

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