White Yokohama chickens are elegant, beautiful, and unusual. If you want people to notice your chickens, add some Yokohamas to your flock!
It would be fair to say that the Yokohama is both a German and a Japanese chicken. The first Yokohamas know to the western world lived in Paris in a large public park called the Jardin d'Acclimatation, and were imported from Japan. Those original long-tailed Japanese fowl were the breed Minohiki.
Rather than calling them Minohiki, the officials in Paris called the birds Yokohama after the port from which they were shipped. A fancier from Germany, Mr. Prosche, saw the birds in Paris and tried to import more of them from Japan. Unfortunately, only males survived his two attempts to obtain more Minohiki.
With the gene pool for the breed so small, another German breeder named Bruno Duringen began to cross the male Minohiki with other long-tailed fowl including Malaysian, Common Game, and Sumatra. Those crosses eventually resulted in the modern Yokohamas.
No one is sure when Yokohamas arrived in the United States. The first Minohikis were displayed in Paris in 1864 and Mr. Duringen began his work in 1902, so Yokohamas didn't arrive in the US until well into the 20th century. They were accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection in 1981.