“Western-style sailing boats were first introduced in Nagasaki in the 1860s and later in Yokohama and Kobe, all of them ports open to foreigners. The first yachts were remodelled Japanese-style sailing boats or boats originally used for rescue and landing.
“The expansion on sailing concentrated on Yokohama, where a small wharf was taken over by foreigners with the first sailing boats, while the Yokohama Yacht Club was founded in 1886 in close connection with the Yokohama Amateur Rowing Club, founded in 1871. In 1909, this club had 151 members with 22 cruising yachts and 17 dinghies. Members consisted mainly of foreign diplomats, entrepreneurs and missionaries.”
– Japanese Tourism: Spaces, Places and Structures, by Carolin Funck & Malcolm Cooper, 2013