Yokohama is called “the city of firsts,” as it was the place that received so many new things from the rest of the world after Japan opened up to international trade in the 19th century. It was also the first area where a foreign settlement existed, which has a legacy that lives on in Western style houses, churches, a foreign cemetery, and so much more.
Modern Japan has a well-earned reputation as a land of high technology and heavy industry. Its path to prosperity and exceptional achievements were unique among the pantheon of great nations. Late to the industrial revolution, the Japanese proved a quick study and the country caught up fast. In a span of roughly 50 years Japan was to emerge as a global power through the ingenuity of its people and the technological prowess of great industrial concerns.