Yokohama is an international port city with history of just some 150 years since it was known nationwide. Yokohama was a small sleepy village of about 100 households living on farming and fishery before it was chosen as the site for an international trading port following the treaty with the United States in 1858.( Now Yokohama has the population of 3.70 millions as of December, 2013.) Before then,Japan was a reclusive country and had narrow ties only with China, Korea and the Netherlands through the trading post in Nagasaki. After the treaty was signed, Yokohama and four other ports were opened for international trade.
Since then, Yokohama has been a crossroad between Japan and the rest of the world, and many things were first brought into Japan through this town. Some say Yokohama has lost its role and shine since the age of air travel arrived. That is not true. Many foreign residents are living in the city. It boasts the largest Chinatown in east Asia. More than 100 passenger ships call Yokohama every year. These create a very international atmosphere. Visitors are coming to Yokohama across the country to enjoy it. Both with the modern area of Minato Mirai and the exotic area of Yamate and Motomachi, Yokohama is a popular tourist destination for Japanese. Now international organizations like Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Programme have their offices in Yokohama. Yokohama has hosted many international conferences such as TICAD meetings and an APEC meeting. Yokohama is still a crossroad between Japan and the the rest of the world. It will never cease to attract people.