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This large copper etching on the wall shows a cheering BayStars team. It is surrounded by the hand prints of the team and commemorates 1998, the year the Yokohama BayStars won the Japanese Baseball Grand Championships. This part of the street is nicknamed BayStars Street. -AH
Yokohama Park is located next to Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohama Bay Stars, Yokohama's baseball team. Yokohama Park itself was opened in 1876 and was the first public park with a Western-style garden in Japan. Yokohama Park also has a Japanese-style garden, a broad grassy play area, and a plaza with a statue of an elephant. Water gushes from the elephant's trunk and creates quite a picturesque image. Legend has it that during the catastrophic 1923 earthquake all those who made it to Yokohama Park survived. The extensive water pipe system for the gardens ruptured and turned the large grassy areas into a sea of mud and a sea of life. Every year a memorial bazaar is held here to commemorate the opening of the Port of Yokohama from the last week of May to the first week of June.
This expansive baseball stadium is one of the most popular sporting venues in Japan. Established in 1978, Yokohama Stadium has played host to numerous games over the years and today serves as the home base of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars. Apart from featuring baseball games, the stadium has also been used as a concert and cultural venue. Artists such as Michael Jackson, Nana Mizuki, and Madonna are among the acts to have performed here.
A stone lantern erected near to the Japanese garden in Yokohama Park is reputedly from Gankiro House, which in the nineteenth century catered to the needs of the foreign residents and visitors to Yokohama. The Gankiro House, which stood approximately where the lantern is now, was a thriving business in a large property with bedrooms, reception rooms and a Japanese garden with a pond and a bridge. Furthermore, the house was destroyed in a fire in 1866, and moved to another location, until it was closed in 1884. The plaque next to the lantern explains it was presented by the Myoon-Ji Temple as a gift to the city archives, but does not explain how the lantern came into their possession. - AH
BAYSIS is a popular live music venue in Yokohama. Musicians, known and yet-to-be-known, arrive here from all over the world to perform in front if an eager crowd, in a well-equipped facility. There are two halls at this venue, one is more suited for concerts, while the other is more suited for film screenings and such events. With a total capacity of 300 standees and 80 seated, this venue is ideal for intimate performances. There is also a bar at BAYSIS which serves up a decadent mix of drinks. See the website or call for more information.