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This is the pier where the great ocean liners come to discharge or take on passengers. The great steamship China that you see lying alongside sails for San Francisco 4,800 miles away at the east, making the voyage in sixteen days — eighteen if she touches at Honolulu on the way. 

You see there is a cosmopolitan assortment of faces here. This is the largest and most important of Japan's "treaty ports" and a large representation of foreigners have permanent residence here, while tourists are always coming and going. The town behind you, — a close packed Japanese quarter down by the shore and an airier "foreign settlement" up on the bluff, — is a busy place with a thriving trade to be handled. Enormous quantities of Japanese goods are shipped from here annually and increasing quantities of western goods are received here; the tendency is towards a larger and larger adoption of western ideas and customs. At the present time it is however rather as an exporter than as an importer that a native makes his fortune. The most significant of the imports are those of western-made machinery, railway materials and other productive matter, for those are naturally destined to equip the Mikado's land constantly better and better for its already creditable competition in the world's markets.

You can see some of the picturesque native costumes here on the wharf, though so many of the bystanders are in the familiar and commonplace clothes of western lands.

These harbor waters are alive all day with big and little craft of many kinds, come from many havens, and strict police regulations secure orderly safety for all concerned.

(Read Seidmore's "Jinrikisha Days in Japan"; Davidson's "Present Day Japan"; Scherer's "Japan To-day," etc.)

From Notes of Travel, No. 8, copyright, 1904, by Underwood & Underwood.

Greetings for Newcomers on the Pier; Yokohama, Japan.
Accueillant les Nouveaux Venus au Môle; Yokohama, Japon.
Begrüßung für Unkömmlinge am Hafen; Yokohama, Japan.
Saludando á los Recien Llegados al Muelle; Yokohama, Japón.
Hälsande de nyanlända vid hammen; Yokohama, Japan.
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