The Yokohama is a striking long tailed rare breed, believed to have arrived in Europe from Japan during the 1860’s or 1870’s. The original imports were sent from the port of Yokohama, by a French Missionary named Girad. In Europe the breed was thus known as Yokohama. In the UK, all of the varieties with long tails were given the Yokohama name, but in Germany, in attempt to differentiate them, they gave them different names: "Jokohama" for the varieties with red lobes and walnut / pea combs and "Phönix" for the single combed varieties with long tail feathers. Breeders in Germany, most notably in Saxony, worked hard on improving the breed and Harrison Weir wrote in “The Poultry Book”published in 1902 “In some parts of Saxony and Germany, they are raised to great perfection, and clubs have been instituted for their production and possible improvement”. The Phönix vareity were mostly made up of the Japanese O-Nagi-Dori and were further crossed with other European breeds, possibly with Old English Game, mostly to overcome some of the challenges of inbreeding from the few imports that were available. The Jokohamas are thought to be crosses from the Japanese breed of Satsumadori, Minohiki and others. Yokohamas have remained a rare breed in the UK and still seem to be more popular in Germany, which is surprising considering how striking they are. It may be because managing the tail feathers, which trail behind the male on the floor and can become dirty in the wrong kind of environment, proves too much of a challenge for their keepers. The Yokohama was first admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1981. Details: Detail Value Breed Purpose Ornamental Comb Walnut Broodiness Average Climate Tolerance Heat Egg Productivity Low Egg Size Small Egg Color Light Brown Breed Temperament Bears confinement well,Docile Breed Colors/Varieties White and Red-Saddled or Red-Shouldered Pictures courtesy of Chickndaddy and chickencharmer. Breed Size Large Fowl Pic by @WarrenHound Pic by @chickletteSarge Pic by @Decoyman BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/yokohama BYC Breed Discussion: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/368521/attn-yokohama-lovers/0_30 Do you own Yokohamas? Are you a Yokohama breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!