Minato Mirai 21 / China Town,Kanagawa
A house built in late Taisho era, after the Great Kanto Earthquake, as a residence for foreigners.
The Bluff No. 18 House was built in the late Taisho Era, after the Great Kanto Earthquake, as a residence for foreigners and later used as the parish house of the Yamate Catholic Church until 1991. It was moved and restored inside the Yamate Italian Garden in 1993. It is a wooden, two-story structure with a hallway in the middle of both floors. Although it retains features of a residence for foreigners before the great earthquake, such as a fireplace, a chimney, bay windows, double hung windows, storm shutters, a south facing balcony and a sun room, new features, such as exterior walls with a mortar finish, have been added to prepare for disasters. The interior replicates life in a foreign residence after the great earthquake, with, for example, recreations of Yokohama furniture which were produced in the Motomachi area during the recovery period. It is open to the public. The annex, which is connected to the main building, is available for rental. The house also hosts events such as salon concerts in the room with a 100-year-old piano on the weekends. A 5-minute walk from JR Ishikawacho Station.