Yamate Bluff was the original foreign settlement in Japan. The Bluff is strongly connected historically to the city of Yokohama. Beautifully restored western style houses have been preserved as museums and concert halls and has made the Bluff a favorite place to stroll in Yokohama. Yamate Museum was built in 1909 - this privately run museum is the only remaining wooden western style building in Yokohama. The exhibits include old issues of Japan Punch, a satirical newspaper considered to be the forerunner of Japan's manga comics, a scale model of Yokohama Foreign Cemetery, and panels telling the stories of foreigners buried here who contributed to Japanese culture.