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Kobe

Sunny Sannomiya

Kobe has always been high on my list of places to visit, by I’ve never quite made it there in the past.  This was put to rest during this year’s Silver Week holiday, when I spent a fleeting, but sunny, day exploring around Sannomiya and its bustling Chinatown, historical elegant districts, history of foreign contact as a trading port, and memories of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. (more…)

Arima Onsen

In the last weekend of November, I spent a weekend in Osaka with Akiyo (high school host family sister) and her family.  On the Sunday, we headed to Arima Onsen, a hot spring resort in the hills behind Kobe.  (more…)