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Eating out / Warm your heart with hotpot, strawberries in Yokohama

Courtesy of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

A nabe hotpot is seen with one of the two buildings of the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in the background.

The Japan NewsYOKOHAMA — The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a cultural and commercial complex in the city’s Naka Ward, will host two different events for food lovers starting late this month and running through mid-February.

The facility holds events throughout the year, mainly using the open space between warehouses 1 and 2.

The facility, which was constructed as a customs warehouse in the early 1910s, comprises two buildings facing Yokohama Port. It ceased being used as a warehouse in 1989 and was renovated into a complex housing restaurants, shops and a hall.

The first event is called Nabegoya (hotpot shed). A special tent will be set up in which visitors can enjoy various kinds of nabe hotpot while relaxing on tatami mats.

Dishes will include kiritanpo nabe, at ¥900 per serving. The hot pot features kiritanpo baked rice bars, a local food of Akita Prefecture.

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  • Courtesy of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

    Faire Voiles’ strawberry bavarois pudding

Visitors can also create their own hotpot combinations, choosing soup stock, vegetables and other ingredients such as brand-name Hama Pork, which is produced in Yokohama. There are more than 4,200 combinations, with prices starting from ¥1,780 per serving.

The event drew more than 180,000 visitors last year, when it was held for the first time.

The second event, the Yokohama Strawberry Festival, will be running for the fifth time. This year, 18 stalls in a tent will offer sweets and goods featuring strawberries. Strawberry bavarois pudding, priced at ¥550, will be offered by Faire Voiles, which has a confectionery shop in the city.

Locally produced strawberries will be sold at certain times. Throughout the festival, a free sampling event will also be held to promote strawberries from Chiba, Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures.

“We hope customers will have warm memories through our events, even during the cold winter,” said a PR employee of the facility.

* Nabegoya 2017

From Jan. 20-29, 12 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

* Yokohama Strawberry Festival 2017

From Feb. 3-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

1-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama

Admission: Free

Tel: (045) 227-2002 (inquiries accepted only in Japanese)

To find out more about Japan’s attractions, visit http://the-japan-news.com/news/d&d

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