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05 November 2006 @ 12:35 am
i've just returned from my first trip to Kobe. Kishiguchi-sensei, one of the english teachers at Ichikawa Jr. High, invited me to go with her a while back, and so we had a lovely day of shopping and such. and before you all ask, NO, i did not have any Kobe beef. it's expensive here too you know!!

we went to Tokyu Hands which is a huge awesome department store, and i was finally able to pick up some new art supplies, like watercolors and oil pastels. i also got the art gear to make my own new years cards! so when you don't get an xmas card from me this year, don't worry, i'm just going japanese style instead and skipping to new years cards. this coming year will be the year of the boar, so all the cute stamps and things are of boars. i think it will be fun to make these cards, i'm looking forward to it!

for lunch, we went to Chinatown. Kobe has one of the two most famous Chinatowns in Japan, the other being in Yokohama. we got gomadongo (sesame seed balls), mango juice, melon slices, ramen, and some other chinese cookies. it was a very tasty place! hehe.

we also went to some clothing shops where i was able to get some of the winter clothes i need for the upcoming cold season. my father sent some over just recently, but i needed things like a scarf, heavy socks, and a couple more sweaters got thrown in for good measure.

now i'm back, but i'm going back into himeji for dinner with Mariko and crew for her 19th b-day, which was yesterday. i'm gonna be broke and tired at the end of it, but it's been a good day.
Mood: about!
gushurst on November 5th, 2006 03:29 am (UTC)
Wow, that sounds like a REALLY good day. Is chinatown japan anything like chinatown usa?
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 5th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
to tell you the truth, i've never been to a u.s. chinatown. i've seen pictures of the one in san fransisco and been past the one in boston, but i've never stopped in. but chinese food in japan it totally different than chinese food in america, that much i can tell you. it's very tasty, but i miss being able to just go someplace and get a pint of lo mein and general tso's chicken.
brendaarei on November 5th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
how cold does it get there? do you know how long you're going to stay there? i'll be moving to japan in 2008, so you'll have to let me know all the good places to go...
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 6th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
well, it really depends where in japan you'll be. i live in one of the more southern areas, but from what i've expereinced so far the weather is much like in connecticut, so the winter will probably be pretty cold. my coworker tells me it gets much colder here than it did in the winter when she was living in maryland. the further north, of course, the colder it will be, and the further south, the cooler.

also, i'll be happy to give you all the info i have on japan, anytime!
Mandafee_b on November 5th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
oooo shopping! how could you do it without me!? hehehe, it's ok, I can forgive you I think.

god, heavy socks sound like heaven right now. I need some.
Mellenabsentmammoth on November 6th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
shopping without you is always a trial, but i think getting you here would have been just a little bit more trying. you'll have to come visit sometime to help me! hehe.

heavy socks are the shit. it's not quite cold enough to need them except at night right now, but still, i'm lovin' 'em.