21 March 2010 ~ 8 Comments

Yokohama, in living color, pt.2: Akarenga 赤レンガ

I’m not big on touristy stuff on my blog, as you guys well know. But, as promised, I will try to give you guys a better picture of the environment I live in. This post is about Akarenga、an area a few minutes walk from the area I covered in part 1, Minato Mirai. Yesterday I was hanging out with a friend and just happened to find myself there, totally unplanned, and stumbled upon a car show and a flower show, as well as a cruise ship in port. It was a beautiful day, aside from the pollution, so I decided to shoot a few shots.

First, a  little about Akarenga. Again, if you want to know more in depth information, the internet is replete with it.

The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse (横浜赤レンガ倉庫, Yokohama Akarenga) is a historical building that is currently used as a complex that includes a shopping mall, banquet hall, and event venues. The complex, officially known as the Newport Pier Tax Keeping Warehouse (新港埠頭保税倉庫, Shinkō Futō Hozei), was originally used as customs buildings, and has two sections: Warehouse No.1 and No.2. It is operated by Yokohama Akarenga Co. Ltd., and located at the Port of Yokohama in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

In the late 19th century, the Yokohama city government worked on constructing new harbour facilities, and the first reclamation work was begun in 1899. The work, completed in 1905, was followed by expansion work which ended a year later. Planned by a Japanese architect and a government official, Yorinaka Tsumaki,[1] the current Building No. 2 was constructed in 1911, and the current Building No. 1 was erected in 1913. Both were to be used as customs houses.[2]

When the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake struck Yokohama, the red brick buildings were damaged, but suffered less than other buildings due to their reinforced structure with iron implanted between the bricks. Repair work continued until 1930, and after World War II, the buildings were requisitioned by the American occupation troops between 1945 and 1956.[2] After the buildings were returned to Japan, their use decreased with the advent of containerization, and the buildings ended their role as customs houses in 1989.

In 1992, Yokohama city acquired jurisdiction over the buildings,[2] and restoration work was carried out from 1994 to 1999. This work, in which the roof and structure of the buildings were strengthened, was conducted by Takenaka Corporation, a Japanese architectural company.[3] After the inside of the buildings was renovated, they were opened as the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse on April 12, 2002. From wikipedia.


Ah, spring! And, look at the pretty flowers…

Beat again. How many flowers can you look at in a day anyway??

Lotus Race cars! Now that’s more like it!

soooo choice!

So small…

Ohh! Look over there! A cruise ship!

And there’s the Yokohama Bay Bridge!

Damn, all that water…(just joking)

Well that’s it for now…more to follow!

Next stop: Osanbashi (大さん橋)de gozaimasu.



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8 Responses to “Yokohama, in living color, pt.2: Akarenga 赤レンガ”

  1. Jehova C. Clarke 22 March 2010 at 12:40 pm Permalink

    I often wondered what it was about this place. I’ve been there a few times and didn’t (bother) to understand why a mere red-brick structure was so important.

  2. Chris B 23 March 2010 at 5:33 am Permalink

    I like the pic of you peepin' the flowers.
    I was imagining a caption….

    Bedford-Stuyvesant Circa 1983
    "Where the fuck is my pipe??" 🙂

    All them pics and that's what I see?? It's like my own fucked up Rorschach test 🙂

    • Locohama 23 March 2010 at 9:57 pm Permalink

      Man, you had me laughing in the street on that one!!! You're fucking nuts…comments from you are like comments from home, and keep me grounded. Thanks Chris!

  3. Billy W 24 March 2010 at 8:49 am Permalink

    Love ya, Loco… but some of those photos are drunk-tilted.

    But, MM21 is the choice place to be in Yokohama on a sunny afternoon. Nice Post!

    • Locohama 24 March 2010 at 9:24 am Permalink

      Yeah, photography definitely isn’t my forte )-: Gotta work on that. But, yes, Minato Mirai is actually pretty doggone cool! Thanks Billy!

  4. ferret 25 November 2011 at 3:07 pm Permalink

    Aka Renga is one of those “must see at least once” places.

    Loco-san, please tell me if the “Container Arch” is still at Yamashita Koen, about a “klick” from there. I didn’t see it on Google Earth recently and i want to take people to see it in a few years.

    Please keep bloggin’ in Japan!

    • Locohama 25 November 2011 at 6:30 pm Permalink

      Thanks Ferret!!
      I have no idea what you’re talking about though )-:
      Container arch???

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